RRC backs CQ landfill

RECYCLING an idea, Rockhampton Regional Council is now backing a Central Queensland landfill proposal over extending a local dump.

And the council hopes its long-standing rubbish dumping issues beyond 2014 will be resolved by the private sector.

The Central Queensland Local Government Association plans to call for Expressions of Interest for a CQ landfill, which is being backed by five councils in the region - Rockhampton, Gladstone, Banana, Central Highlands and Isaac.

At yesterday's Rockhampton Regional Council health and regulatory services committee meeting, the committee voted unanimously to put the proposed Yeppoon extension process on hold for six to nine months and actively support the CQLGA.

Commercial Services general manager Bob Holmes said the council did not want to spend any more money going down the path of the proposed Yeppoon extension until it saw what came out of the CQLGA expressions of interest.

"We (CQ) are producing about 300,000 tonnes a year," he said.

"The idea is to go out with expressions of interest.

"Let them tell us where it should be.

"Those people in this industry would be talking to DERM (Department of Environment and Resources Management).

"They would know what land is around and available.

"We are always going to get issues if local government have to look for land and make it available for this use.

"Let's be truthful. We end up paying more for land at times than we should."

Committee chairman councillor Tony Williams said it was hoped the community and council's ratepayers would benefit.

Cr Bill Ludwig said he hoped the result would be a clean, green and cost-effective solution.

Cr Williams said there was big pressure on Central Highlands which had 10 landfills and a huge population growth happening due to the mining and resources boom.

Transportation and possible land was also discussed at the meeting.

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