Hughie Latimer has found some interesting items during his time as a landfill attendant at the Bundaberg tip.
Hughie Latimer has found some interesting items during his time as a landfill attendant at the Bundaberg tip. Ron Burgin

Trash or treasure: top dump finds

ONE man's trash is another's treasure, but there are some treasures lurking at dumps in the Bundaberg region that should never have been thrown away.

Those treasures have included a boat, its trailer and outboard motor, a $10,000 winning scratchie - and even a coffin.

Dump Rat Rubbish Removals owner Peter Radel, who worked at the council waste facility on University Drive for 15 years, said the $10,000 scratchie stuck in his mind as one of the most unusual precious losses.

“The couple walked the fence for weeks looking for that one,” Mr Radel said.

Mr Radel said the man who had won the ticket had put it aside and his wife had thrown it away before she realised it was a winner.

The ticket has never been found.

Mr Radel was also able to shed light on the origin of the rumour that tonnes of steel were buried at the dump.

“There was about $1 million of equipment from Austoft when they dumped a whole heap of gear before they shut the doors in 2002,” he said.

As far as Mr Radel was aware, the equipment had been destroyed, removed or buried.

On occasion the weird items did get a little dangerous.

“We found some explosives once and they shut the dump down. The bomb squad from Rockhampton came to deal with them,” he said.

Mr Radel said he believed the incident occurred in 1997 or 1998.

Other items Mr Radel has found at the dump include a coffin, which he believed had been a decorative piece in a private bar.

Link Waste Management owner Colin Dennett, who has had the waste contract at the Childers, Woodgate, Buxton and Booyal dumps for the past six years, recalled one strange find - the loss of $3000.

“The husband had thrown something out which the wife had been hiding money in,” he said.

Mr Dennett said the incident occurred about 18 months ago and, despite searching for days, the couple never found the cash.

If you have accidentally disposed of an item, telephone Bundaberg Regional Council on 1300 883 699 as soon as possible.

Related: Mystery of photos found at dump

Lost or found
  • A boat, trailer and outboard motor was found
  • $10,000 winning scratchie was lost
  • A coffin was found
  • Austoft's old equipment believed to still be buried
  • Explosives were found
  • $3000 was lost

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