Mick Curran at the Bonnick Rd waste facility.
Mick Curran at the Bonnick Rd waste facility. Craig Warhurst

Plan for a less wasteful future

A NEW state-of-the-art garbage transfer station will help Gympie residents cope with rising costs and a changing community, Gympie Regional Council was told this week.

Waste management councillor Mick Curran yesterday said the transfer station would be permanently useful, even when council landfill facilities were shifted to the Toolara mega-dump site.

Residents could drop their garbage at the Bonnick Rd transfer station, from where it would be taken to an extended landfill on the same site.

But that would only apply until the planned major landfill was in operation, he said.

"The council has budgeted to spend $3 million on extending the (Bonnick Rd) landfill area," Cr Curran said.

The change would take its boundary closer to Corella Rd.

"It also plans to spend $1.7 million on the transfer station this financial year," he said.

"It will be a one-stop shop for recyclables, green waste and traditional landfill rubbish.

"Obviously the council has budgeted some serious money to get these major projects done and it certainly shows strategic planning to deal with future waste disposal issues in our region."

During debate at this week's meeting, Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett said the transfer station would help with transport and recycling.

Bonnick Rd was going to "run out of landfill space in the next few years", he said.

Mayor Ron Dyne said it was worth stressing that the council did not intend to have noisy tree-shredding or concrete-crushing carried out on the site.

Cr Larry Friske said a proper transfer station would accommodate the needs of nearby industry and residents.

Industrial neighbours would have a better road.

"Bonnick Rd has never been a pretty sight," he said.

"It's got dust, dirt and everything you expect from a dump.

"The transfer station will be sealed, with no dirt."

He claimed this would greatly improve the amenity of the area.

Cr Curran told the meeting it was integral to council plans that it should start development of a united region-wide waste management system.

Cr Perrett said transfer stations also were planned for the Cooloola Coast.

"We will need to start planning for waste removal in areas where landfills are approaching capacity," he said.

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