$5.6 million for waste services and infrastructure

Burdekin Shire Council will spend $5.6 million delivering and upgrading waste services and infrastructure in the 2018/19 financial year while keeping charges to ratepayers to a minimum.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said significant funds had been allocated to improve Council’s compliance with existing licence conditions at the Kirknie Road Landfill.

“These works will be funded from existing waste reserves, meaning there is no increase to waste charges in the 2018/19 Budget,” she said.

“Council has budgeted $1 million to construct a hardstand area for green waste and scrap steel with associated drainage lines and sediment ponds; and for an upgrade and expansion of the existing stormwater sediment ponds.

“Other major works proposed at the landfill include new internal road construction to the value of approximately $100,000, minor improvements worth $25,000 and new ground water monitoring bores budgeted at $20,000.”

Residents of Clare and surrounds will be able to visit Clare Transfer Station seven days a week on a permanent basis, with Council budgeting $22,000 towards the annual operation of the unmanned-facility following a successful trial.

Council took over the management of Clare Transfer Station from Clare State School P&C in 2017 due to a shortage of volunteer numbers needed to keep the gates open twice per month.

Cr McLaughlin said Council recently conducted a four month trial measuring the feasibility of allowing the transfer station to run on an unmanned basis, with positive results.

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