Cr Bill Ludwig.
Cr Bill Ludwig.

Decision a load of rubbish: Ludwig

IT WAS a furious Bill Ludwig who lashed out at his council colleagues yesterday for “dumping” their waste management problems on the Capricorn Coast.

“I was the only councillor to record my vote against this decision,” he said, accusing the council of taking the Yeppoon community for granted.

“This is not in our backyard, it’s in our front yard. The landfill is only 4km from the CBD and within 600 metres of approved residential land. I can’t support putting a super dump at the very entrance to the Capricorn Coast,” he said.

The former mayor of Livingstone Shire Council described the decision to extend and expand the existing landfill as a huge intensification and predicted there would be a backlash at the coast.

“Once again it would appear the coast is not getting a fair go from this regional council,” he said.

“The landfill has been there a long time and was built to service ... about 20,000, not 120,000. It was our intention at Livingstone Shire to phase it out and turn it into a transfer station. Now it is going to be the place where Rockhampton sends its rubbish.”

Cr Ludwig said it was only because he had insisted in council that there would be community consultation on the plan.

And his position was supported yesterday by Bruce Young, the LNP candidate who will challenge Labor’s Paul Hoolihan at the next state election.

Mr Young has campaigned against the use of Hedlow as a dump, but he accused the council of slapping Yeppoon in the face.

“The council is out of touch with community expectations and it shows a complete lack of pragmatic thinking to propose a small council dump could become a regional super dump,” he said.

“We can only hope they don’t waste another $800,000 before changing their minds again.”

He said transferring waste from Rockhampton to Yeppoon would result in significant increases in traffic flows across the Fitzroy River bridges.



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