Ken Kyte drives council's old compactor at the Bonnick Road landfill while General Manager of Works Western Division Grayden Curry and Cr Larry Friske discuss plans for a new machine.
Ken Kyte drives council's old compactor at the Bonnick Road landfill while General Manager of Works Western Division Grayden Curry and Cr Larry Friske discuss plans for a new machine.

New compactor to extend life

WHAT has big metal wheels and is able to crush objects into half their size?

A land fill compactor and Gympie Regional Council is currently in the process of buying a new one.

Works and Services Committee Chairman Cr Larry Friske the new compactor will be twice the weight of the old 30-year-old machine and have double the compactability.

The current compactor looks like a bulldozer with large metal wheels. The new one will be larger and heavier - able to squash 1m3 into half the size and therefore give the dump a larger capacity.

Cr Friske said the acquisition should give the current dump along Bonnick Road a longer lifespan and he hoped the new machine would last another 30 years.

But this doesn't mean council has any plans for putting their proposed Toolara dump on the backburner.

Council is still waiting on the final details for the new dump to be finalised and then construction can start.

Cr Friske said construction could take five to seven years and cost “very roughly” a whopping $10 million.

Council first tried to gain approval to build the dump at the Forestry Plantations site about 11 years ago.

According to Cr Friske, council is about 95 per cent of the way to negotiating a deal with Forestry and the State Government to take possession of the land.

After the land deal is finalised, council will have to source funding for the new dump, Mr Friske said.

“We're in final negotiations with forestry and the state.

“We've got all the environmental concerns (sorted) and we've got all the licences signed off on,” Cr Friske said. Council has already called and received three tenders for the compactor and will vote on a winner in today's general meeting.

According to the agenda, the prices of the three tenders council was considering started at $770,636 for a second-hand caterpillar and went up to $775,381 for a brand new Bomag plus GST.

The new machine should weigh about 36 tonnes with a compaction capability of 850kg/m3 or greater.

Tenders called for new or late models with low use specified for second hand machines.

Three suppliers submitted eight options, six new machines and two used machines, but only three met council's specifications.

Two new and a one used - with only 10 hours use.

Council staff visited various landfill sites in Fraser Coast, Maryborough, Moreton Bay and Bundaberg Regional Council area land fill facilities to inspect and operate machines.

The only differences that were identified were in the machines' designs.

On the agenda, a report tabled by Fleet Manager Peter Stevenson, said council expected the machine to be in operation for at least 10 years.

Councillors will also vote on whether the current compactor will be retained and used in a minor role within the waste management area or until an acceptable offer to purchase is received.

If a decision is made today, the new compacter should take about three to four weeks to be delivered.

Gympie Times


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