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Illegal dumping on travelling stock reserve highlights biosecurity issues

Droving stock was placed at risk of serious illness and likely death when a large volume of onions and garlic were discovered dumped on a TSR near Hay. If digested onions and garlic are both extremely toxic to cattle.

Dumping of any waste or rubbish on a travelling stock reserve is an offence and carries a fine of $5500. Illegal dumping of waste materials on public lands is also in breach of the Biosecurity Act 2015.

Land Services Manager Tom White said Local Land Services is responsible for maintaining these public assets and protecting them from illegal activities.

“We are closely watching a number of TSRs in our region and legal action will be taken against anyone found dumping rubbish,” Mr White said.

Riverina Local Land Services may utilise surveillance cameras to monitor key reserves to catch unauthorised activities such as illegal dumping and firewood collection.

Dumping of rubbish, plant matter, household, industrial or garden waste poses significant risks to both livestock using the TSR's, the general public and the Murrumbidgee River system.

If you see any dumping of materials on public lands you are asked to contact your local police or crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

For further local information contact Ranger, James Gillespie 02 6990 1307 or james.gillespie@lls.nsw.gov.au.

Caption: Onions and garlic dumped on a TSR near Hay