Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Council Tries to Hedge Dump Bets

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Council Tries to Hedge Dump Bets

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.com.au

IF ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council sticks to its waste management plans, Yeppoon's existing dump will not be expanded into a super tip until 2017.

Although Rockhampton's Lakes Creek landfill will be full by the end of 2013, all available space at Gracemere tip will be used before the trucks start to transport rubbish to the coast.

The extra capacity in Gracemere gives the council a bit more breathing space to negotiate objections to the controversial Yeppoon plan which was announced out of the blue on Wednesday.

Mayor Brad Carter promised there would be an extensive environmental impact study to ensure that Yeppoon's existing tip site could be extended to bury all the region's waste for a period of more than 20 years.

The study will start in the next few months.

The council's waste and recycling department is already preparing for big changes with the impending introduction of green-waste-tipping vouchers to all households within the council's boundary. …

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