Dumping outrage


Pakenham locals have expressed their disappointment in their fellow residents after noticing a business’s parking lot had been used as an illegal dumping ground.

Unknown offenders have dumped huge amounts of household waste out the back of Castello’s Cardinia Hotel on the Princes Highway, which could only be described as a blow for any business after a tough 18 months of Covid-19.

The hotel was approached for comment.

Multiple mattresses, tyres, chairs, cupboards and other broken waste have accumulated around the charity shop bins in the car park.

One Pakenham woman described the mess as a “disgrace“.

“To the people leaving their rubbish at the back of Costellos, that is really poor behaviour,“ she said.

A Cardinia Shire Council spokesperson said they were aware of the issue.

“The area in question is private land. The council will work with the landowner,“ they said.

“Residents are encouraged to report illegal dumping on council land via the council website and we will investigate and prosecute where we can establish who is responsible for the dumping.

“The council offers residents two free bookable hard rubbish collections a year which can include mattresses. Additional paid hard waste collections are also available.“