Vandals dump house paint over rocks, water at tourist spot

Images posted to Facebook page by Jean Clark.
Images posted to Facebook page by Jean Clark. Contributed

A PERSON who dumped a large amount of house paint at scenic Gardners Falls could face fines reaching into the tens of thousands of dollars, Sunshine Coast Council has said.

Visitors to the falls, at Maleny, yesterday discovered what appeared to be a large amount of white house paint splashed over the rocks and in the water.

In a Facebook post, which was shared to the Sunny Coast Community Board by Carmine Flood, Jean Clark said a council worker picking up litter around the falls had to start the job of cleaning up the mess.

"In all his time working at the falls, he's never seen something as bad," Mr Clark said in the post.

Sunshine Coast Council said it was now investigating the dumping and warned consequences for whomever was responsible for it could be harsh. If a corporation was responsible, they faced a find of more than $88,000.

An individual would face a fine of up to $17,670.

"Sunshine Coast Council is serious about protecting and maintaining our waterways and is currently investigating the matter of several litres of paint being dumped in the water and on the rocks at Gardners Falls in Maleny yesterday," the council said in a written statement.

"Council has since removed the substance from the rocks and the paint in the water has diluted so is not a health risk to swimmers."

The council appealed for anyone with information on the incident or other illegal dumping matters to phone 5475 7272.

Topics:  maleny vandalism

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