You may have seen him on television or online, ‘South Aussie with Cosi’ has been exploring the region for the last ten years, although now he is in the spotlight for a completely different reason. On Sunday 22nd of June, an Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello impersonator was caught dumping a trailer-load of old car batteries and used tyres into the Murray River.
Maya Cameron was at the river while it happened, discretely capturing the scene on film.
“I was sitting down at the river by myself when I saw a car with a trailer pull up near the river. They started to back up the trailer towards the water, and the trailer was full of car batteries, tyres, and other scrap metal. I saw a man step out of the car and look around, luckily he didn’t see me. He had sunglasses on but I could tell it was someone that looks like Cosi, his car even had a ‘South Aussie with Cosi’ logo on the side. I quickly started recording on my phone as he emptied the entire trailer into the river,” Miss Cameron stated.
Illegal dumping carries a serious fine, as well as criminal charges. However, this Cosi impersonator claims “it’s not a big deal”, and that “everyone does it”.
“People are seriously overreacting to this, it’s really not a big deal. Growing up we would always take family trips to the river to dispose of old junk, I have a lot of fond memories from those times. It’s not like it’s bad for the river either, a lot of the junk turns into a home for the wildlife, yabbies love hiding in old car tyres. It really just is the modern generation looking for things to be offended by,” the Cosi impersonator stated.
SA Police are yet to release a statement on this incident.
The Riverlanderer will update as this story develops.