New regional dump site identified

MEMBER for Keppel Paul Hoolihan says he has identified some unallocated state land that could be an alternative site for the region’s super dump.

Mr Hoolihan said land at Thompson Point, about 30km south-east of Rockhampton, was not being used and the Government was looking at options for uses.

Mr Hoolihan said no research had been done yet whether the 49 hectares of land was a viable option but he was keen for the Rockhampton Regional Council to have a look at it and see if it could be an option.

“Everything has got to be looked at yet.” He said he’d like to go along on a trip to check out the site with the councillors.

“It would be equally convenient for Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast,” Mr Hoolihan said.

A spokeswoman for the council said it was open to the idea of the alternative site.

“The investigation into the extension of the current Yeppoon landfill will proceed. However, we are prepared to look at the site at Thompson Point,” she said.

Business representatives from the coast commended the council’s open attitude about the location of the dump at last week’s meeting.

The Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) asked for submissions from the public on an appropriate use for the area late last year, but a decision has not yet been made.

A visit to inspect the site has not yet been organised.

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