Wyndham council is calling on residents of Tilwinda Place in Truganina to report anyone they observe illegally dumping rubbish along Skeleton Creek.

The council sent out letters to residents in the street earlier this month over concerns about green waste and general household waste being dumped near houses that back on to land near the creek.

“Wyndham City is aware of illegal dumping of plant materials and other hard waste along Skeleton Creek,” the letter stated.

“Dumping of waste has a negative impact on native plants by causing physical damage and blocks the plants underneath from sunlight and water that allows growth. It can also facilitate the spread of weeds.”

Anyone caught littering could be prosecuted and fined up to $5000 under the Environment Protection Act

The letter stated Skeleton Creek was home to one of Australia’s rarest ecosystems, the National Temperate Grasslands of the Victorian Volcanic Plain.

Residents who see people dumping rubbish along the creek are asked to report the matter to council on 9742 0777.

Wyndham council was contacted for comment.