Ricky Duivailala unloads a trailer of greenwaste at Rockhampton landfill following the storm that hit the region on January 25. Photo Frazer Pearce / The Morning Bulletin
Ricky Duivailala unloads a trailer of greenwaste at Rockhampton landfill following the storm that hit the region on January 25. Photo Frazer Pearce / The Morning Bulletin Frazer Pearce

New Rockhampton resident joins ex-cyclone Oswald clean-up

ROCKHAMPTON newcomer Ricky Duivailala has only been living in CQ for two weeks, but already knows the route to the dump like the back of his hand.

Mr Duivailala, 37, said he moved to Rockhampton three days before ex-tropical cyclone Oswald struck.

"This is the first flood I've seen," he said.

"I've never seen so much water, and luckily the house I purchased was not in a flood-affected area."

Mr Duivailala said although his home wasn't directly affected, the heavy rainfall and cyclonic winds had ruined his back yard.

"I've been to the dump about four times in the past two days," he said.

"My back yard is covered in trees, leaves and branches so I've been dumping trailer loads of green waste."

 

A spokeswoman for Rockhampton Regional Council said the Lakes Creek landfill had taken 2.5 times the normal intake over the past 10 days.

 

"Lakes Creek landfill has had an intake of about 600 tonnes of green waste over the past 10 days."

"We are expecting a lot of general waste rather than green waste after this weekend's clean up."

The council is waiting for numbers from other landfills in the region; however, these landfills suffered from power outages and have to record their landfill manually.

The cut-off date for free-of-charge dumping is Sunday.



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