Yeppoon business owners (clockwise, from left) Rachael Willson, Bill Kellaris, Inge Pedesen and Leigh Smith met at Cio Bella Cucina to discuss the council’s plans.
Yeppoon business owners (clockwise, from left) Rachael Willson, Bill Kellaris, Inge Pedesen and Leigh Smith met at Cio Bella Cucina to discuss the council’s plans. Nikita Watts

Residents reject tip proposal

MORE trash is being dumped on the Yeppoon community.

In the streets and shopping centres on the Capricorn Coast yesterday, that was the feeling among residents and business owners as they fumed about the Rockhampton Regional Council's decision to turn the Yeppoon landfill into the region's super dump.

Councillor Bill Ludwig was furious about the decision and yesterday urged the coast community to reject the site, and called on the State Government and opposition to block it on town planning and environmental grounds.

He lashed out at council over the “toxic” decision, stating it highlighted a “total lack of vision”.

Most residents were concerned about the proposal, which, if given the environmental go ahead, would increas the dump to five times its size.

Business owners will voice concerns about their continuing struggle at a business-only meeting on Monday, April 18, with Mayor Brad Carter and tourism CEO Mary Carroll.

Small business owner Leigh Smith, of Yeppoon's Cio Bella Cucina, said council had best make sure the dump was state-of-the-art and didn't impact on the town.

She said Yeppoon desperately needed more development and infrastructure, but this was not what the community had in mind.

“We need the council to recognise who we are and bring infrastructure; and if they don't do it right now it's not going to happen and what's here will go under,” she said.

President of the Capricorn Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association Dusan Cech said council had arrived at an inappropriate, stop-gap measure.

Mayor Brad Carter said the council would communicate with the whole community about how it would manage the landfill and hear their concerns as plans progress.

He said the Monday meeting was purely so he could listen to business owners express their pain and suffering and concerns about viability, which was the most important issue.

BUSINESS Viability Meeting

What: Meeting for business owners and tourist operators

When: Monday, April 18, from 7am to 8.30am

Where: Yeppoon Community Development Centre, John Street



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