Peter and Amanda McCasker say the centre will create up to 12 new jobs.
Peter and Amanda McCasker say the centre will create up to 12 new jobs. Chris Ison

Thumbs up for recycling centre

A METALS recycling centre will be built in Thozet Road next year after Kanga Bins cleared the final planning hurdle this week.

Owners Peter and Amanda McCasker say the legal battle caused by two council backflips cost them at least $50,000 and almost broke them.

They will now invest about $600,000 on sound-proofed premises capable of sorting 10,000 tonnes of material a year after the Planning and Environment Court approved their unopposed appeal.

“We’ve been struggling to establish this centre for two and a half years,” said Peter, who promises it will be the most up-to-date facility of its kind in Queensland.

“It will be state-of-the-art and we will adopt best practice every step of the way.

“It’s a huge step forward for Rockhampton and will help keep construction costs down at a time when the price of dumping rubbish in landfill is set to soar.”

The McCaskers hope to have the centre established by the middle of next year when a state landfill levy of $35 a tonne will be introduced.

The centre will recover metals, cardboard, timber and everything else that can be reused, vastly reducing the amount of construction and demolition waste that has to be buried.

“Rockhampton will learn to love it and will be thankful,” said Amanda.

“There’s nothing like this in the region at the moment, but recycling and recovery will be a big part of the future.”

The couple’s plans looked scuppered when councillors voted to overturn an initial planning committee decision to approve the proposal.

But after Kanga Bins lodged a formal appeal, Cr Greg Belz had a rethink and asked for the matter to be considered for a third time.

Residents who live near the site opposed the centre but are now resigned to their fate.



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