Council approves hidden cameras to stop dumping

INFRARED cameras will be installed at hot spots to thwart Gladstone's growing illegal dumping problem.

A major public awareness campaign will also be undertaken to curb environmental vandalism.

Gladstone Regional Council approved the moves at Tuesday's general meeting, when it endorsed its Illegal Dumping and Litter Prevention Strategy.

The cost of the project has not yet been revealed.

Cr Maxine Brushe said the level of illegal dumping in the region is "incredible'' and attributes it to the recent increase in population.

"This has always been a really tidy region," she said.

"We had this massive boom and now we've got rubbish everywhere.

"That's not what the Gladstone region is about."

Councillors hope the move will help the region regain its pride as one of Queensland's tidiest towns.

Gladstone won Tidy Town awards for 10 consecutive years from 1984.

"Overall, we're trying to build community pride," said environment portfolio spokesman Cr Col Chapman.

Hidden cameras currently operate in just two locations.

They are used to alert law enforcement officers when an area requires investigation.

This latest strategy will likely see the number increased and signage erected at strategic locations.

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