BULLETIN

Bulletin No: 067 | Friday 14 June 2019

To: ALL UFU MEMBERS

 

Andrews Government introduces legislation which results in harsher penalties for toxic dumpers

A huge win for fire service personnel and the community

 

  • UFU launched a multi-pronged community campaign in April, raising awareness about the harmful health effects suffered by fire service personnel who attend toxic fires and calling for harsher penalties for toxic dumpers, inclusive of imprisonment
  • The Victorian Government has today announced that harsher penalties will be introduced for toxic dumpers: 10-year jail sentences and fines in the millions of dollars

 

The Victorian Government has today announced that harsher penalties will be introduced for reckless toxic dumpers in the Dangerous Goods Act: 10-year jail sentences and fines in the millions of dollars.

In April, the UFU launched a community awareness campaign inclusive of a press conference with 4 UFU members, a 3-week radio ad campaign, a full-page ad in The Age and more to raise awareness about the disastrous effects of toxic dumping on fire service personnel and the community.

The UFU was calling for harsher penalties for toxic dumpers to create a real deterrent to the unscrupulous operators who were taking advantage of fire service personnel and the communities in which they were dumping and/or stockpiling toxic chemicals.

The UFU has no doubt that this campaign assisted in securing the legislative changes announced today.

The UFU thanks the hundreds of UFU members who have contacted the Union Office since August last year and shared their stories.  The UFU thanks in particular the UFU Delegates and members directly involved in the Toxic Dumping campaign.  Your work is very much appreciated.

Link to The Age article: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/toxic-waste-dumpers-face-up-to-a-decade-in-jail-under-new-law-20190613-p51xiy.html

 

Inquiry into Recycling and Waste Management

The Legislative Council’s Inquiry into Recycling and Waste Management is still continuing.  The UFU has accepted an invitation to appear at the Inquiry on Tuesday 25 June at 11.15am at Parliament House. This is a public hearing.

 

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary