Land owner George Seifert
Land owner George Seifert

Ludwig's dump stance angers Seifert

GEORGE Seifert has attacked Cr Bill Ludwig for what he calls the former Livingstone mayor’s “mind-boggling hypocrisy” over the super dump issue.

Mr Seifert, the 74-year-old who owns the pristine land at Hedlow previously earmarked for a regional landfill, said he couldn’t be silent any more about the role Cr Ludwig played in his personal nightmare.

“Cr Ludwig created this mess. He pushed Hedlow. He’s the reason I had six years of anxiety and so much money was wasted on a flawed proposition,” said Mr Seifert.

“To hear what he is saying now is making me so angry.”

Cr Ludwig is continuing his personal crusade against Rockhampton Regional Council’s shock decision this week to back a regional landfill on the site of Yeppoon’s existing tip.

He denies that he previously championed the controversial backing of Hedlow.

“It was identified by Central Queensland Local Government Association.

"All I ever said was that if the site stacked up after all the environmental studies it should be up to the public to decide.

"I have no argument with it not going to Hedlow, but George is wrong to blame me,” he said.

Cr Ludwig puts the blame for the shambolic search for a suitable site on a combination of bungling bureaucracy and dithering councillors.

“Rockhampton City Council and now Rockhampton Regional Council have had years to get their act together on this issue and have totally botched it,” he said.

Cr Ludwig says the strength of feeling at the Capricorn Coast should be enough to force another rethink.

“This is not over by a long way.

"It can’t happen without State Government approval and the LNP candidate has already come out against it.

“The Capricorn Coast is a showcase lifestyle and tourist hub for our region and not a place where the council can dump the region’s rubbish.”

An online poll at The Morning Bulletin website shows 68% of respondents against the latest proposal, with 31% in favour.

 

SUPER DUMP POLL

  • Online Bulletin readers think Yeppoon is the wrong place for a regional landfill.
  • 68% are against expanding the existing Yeppoon tip
  • 41% believe Mount Morgan is the best location
  • 18% favour Stanwell.


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