Closure threat to tips
UP TO five dumps in the Granite Belt could be closed as Southern Downs Regional Council prepares for the new state waste levy.
At next week's planning and environment committee meeting, councillors will be asked to vote on closing waste management facilities in Thulimbah and Broadwater by December 1.
Facilities at Dalveen, Pozieres and the Summit could also be closed after a new Dalveen waste transfer facility is constructed.
Negotiations are currently underway to buy a suitable site at Dalveen to build a modern, environmentally suitable and fully manned waste transfer station at a budget of $800,000.
While the move isn't likely to be popular with Granite Belt residents, who will have to travel further to dump their rubbish, council's chief executive officer Rod Ferguson said it brought the south of the region more closely in line with the situation in the north, where waste management had already been rationalised.
The State Government recommends no more than a 20km travelling distance to the nearest dump, but council is opting for a "more conservative" 10km distance, Mr Ferguson said.
At present in the Granite Belt, facilities are much closer together.
The facilities in question are also unmanned, and with the new state waste levy on commercial waste coming into effect in December, the chances of illegal dumping would increase should these dumps remain.
Council argues closing the unmanned and unlocked facilities would reduce the potential for illegal dumping, which ultimately would come at a cost to the ratepayer.
Anyone with concerns is urged to contact their local councillors.
Current waste costs:
- In the former Warwick Shire: $105,000
- In the former Stanthorpe Shire: $209,000
- The rationalisation is expected to save costs in the south by $26,000 for each facility closed