Council Prices Waste Strategy

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Byline: Kate Bastable kate.bastable@dailymercury.com.au

A REPORT will be commissioned to examine the financial, environmental and social impacts of Mackay Regional Council's recently-released waste management strategy.

At yesterday's council meeting, waste portfolio councillor Greg Thomsen proposed a report be prepared to provide the indicative costs of not closing existing landfill sites or converting these to transfer stations.

He suggested the report also provide individual impact costs for ratepayers and the costs of having differential charges at each waste management site.

Councillor George Christensen called for an amendment to the motion, requesting a more substantial investigation into the financial, environmental and social impacts of elements of the recently-released waste management strategy.

The majority of councillors voted to accept the amendment, which stated the report would look at the impacts of:

* The operations of each waste transfer station within the Mackay Regional Council area;

* The proposed closure of Gargett, Colston Park and Kuttabul waste transfer stations, the proposed future closure of Walkerston and Bucasia's green waste facilities and the possible future closure of the Eungella Waste Transfer Station;

* The establishment of a waste transfer station to service Walkerston and Eton, which does not fit within council's goal of having every community within a 20-minute travelling distance of a waste transfer station; and

* The establishment of a waste transfer station to service North Mackay and the Northern Beaches. …