Brisbane City Council has been accused of ‘revenue raising’ after illegal dumping fines surged by 300% after the LNP Lord Mayor cut kerbside collection.
The community service was scrapped in April last year.
In the 12 months before it was cut just 80 fines for illegal dumping were issued, in the 12 months after 247 fines were issued.
The revenue raised from illegal dumping fines skyrocketed from $180,000 to $580,000.
Leader of the Labor opposition in Brisbane City Council, Jared Cassidy says this is “disgraceful behaviour” from the LNP Lord Mayor and “a clear act of revenue raising”.
“90% of all illegal dumping reports were made for items on the kerbside, indicating residents may not have known kerbside collection was cut, but the LNP decided to fine them anyway instead of giving them a warning,” Cr Cassidy said.
“Adrian Schrinner’s priority is himself, not the people of Brisbane,”
“If he actually cared about residents he wouldn’t have cut kerbside collection in the first place.”