Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Media statement from office of Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment.

  • Community urged to report environmental crime
  • Anonymously report online with Crime Stoppers WA

The State’s environmental watchdog has partnered with Crime Stoppers WA so community members can anonymously report activities they suspect are damaging the environment.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) relies on information from the community and this new collaboration provides a safe platform for people to share evidence concerning suspected water and environmental crimes.

Reports through Crime Stoppers WA can be completely anonymous. State-of-the-art encryption means any information transmitted cannot be intercepted or modified by unauthorised people.

The alliance with Crime Stoppers WA will help DWER clamp down on illegal operators including polluters, illegal dumpers and people who disregard water and waste management regulations.

The new online reporting system complements DWER’s existing 24-hour 1300 784 782 Pollution Watch Hotline which last year received 3103 reports relating to odours, dust, waste, emissions and discharges.

To make a report, visit Crime Stoppers WA

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

“This is a great initiative in line with the McGowan Labor Government’s priority for a cleaner, more sustainable environment.

“We really need the public’s help to make a difference to protect our environment, and small pieces of information can be significant.

“We particularly want people close to industry, including those who illegally dispose of waste, to feel safe to make contact directly or anonymously through Crime Stoppers WA.

“Illegal dumping can be hazardous to the environment and people’s health, but also gives unscrupulous operators an unfair advantage over other companies who are doing the right thing for our State.”