Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Council's Duty of Care to Health

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Council's Duty of Care to Health

Article excerpt

I WAS surprised to read that residents had the option of declining street garbage collections (Daily, December 1).

In the old Noosa Council it was mandatory that residents who were accessible to garbage collection trucks accept the service.

My concern about residents opting out of weekly collections is that they will burn-off or incinerate their rubbish.

Household disposable rubbish is composed of a lot of material which contains chlorine, from plastics to papers.

When material containing chlorine is burnt, organochlorine dioxins are formed and emitted into the environment. These dioxins are the most toxic man-made organic chemical; their toxicity is second only to radioactive waste.

Dioxins pose a serious health risk to those who are even exposed to even low levels. Like asbestos there are no safe levels.

In rural areas most residents collect their drinking water from their rooftops. If they live down wind from an incinerator or fire that is regularly used to burn-off then their drinking water is being contaminated by one of the most toxic chemicals know to man.

Sunshine Coast council has a duty of care not only to protect the environment but also the health of its residents.

STEVE WALTON

Noosa Heads

Airport saga

I HAVE followed the saga of Caloundra Airport and the way the airport tenants are having such extraordinary problems keeping tenure on the land to ensure continuity of their businesses.

Just recently I received advice that existing Caloundra Airport tenants will be required to tender for new leases in 2012 on their business premises, despite having supported the area by providing employment over many years and injecting vast amounts of money into the region.

The businesses at Caloundra Airport should be congratulated for having erected substantial buildings on their leasehold land. …

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