Cr Larry Friske, Cr Mick Curran and project engineer Brian Garrad.
Cr Larry Friske, Cr Mick Curran and project engineer Brian Garrad. Craig Warhurst

Bonnick Rd gets $3 million boost

A $3MILLION extension of the Bonnick Rd tip is set to extend the life of the Gympie facility for another seven to 10 years.

Heavy machinery has moved on to the site to start preparing the ground for the extension of the waste facility.

Waste management portfolio head, councillor Mick Curran, said it was another major project the council was delivering on.

He said construction workers were currently preparing the site to stop any contaminants entering local waterways and the first rubbish was expected to be unloaded in August.

He said the large cost of the project was due to environmental reasons.

Imported clay has been trucked on to the site; it will be used to form a 600mm layer to help seal the site.

On top of the clay will be a special geo fabric, 300mm of sand, bidum cloth, another 300mm of rock and more bidum cloth.

Any runoff will gather in a sediment pond and be pumped out.

"It is all designed to meet environmental requirements," Cr Curran said.

He said the extension was all part of the Gympie Regional Council's waste management strategy and would buy the council time to build a new dump in the Tooloora State Forest..

The council is expected to complete the purchase of land at the Tooloora and jump Native Title hurdles by the end of the year.

"It will be the region's major land fill," Cr Curran said.

"But it will take time to build."

The council has employed a company to come up with a plan for the future of the region's waste.

Their draft should be ready shortly and be open for public consultation. Cr Curran said once the Bonnick Rd site was full it would be capped and turned into a green zone.

TIP TIPS

To save council and ratepayers money Cr Curran had some tips when it came to dumping rubbish.

Sort your rubbish: anything that can be recycled should be.

Drop off rubbish at the right place: Green waste in green waste pile, metal waste in the metal pile and good second hand items to the tip shop. It frees up space in the dump and makes the land fill last longer saving ratepayers' money.

Gympie Times


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