Clean­ing up

Hard-work­ing crews wind up Yasi waste col­lec­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Bar­bara Lynch

MORE than 90 per­cent of Townsville’s res­i­den­tial green waste has been col­lected with the fi­nal stages of the Cy­clone Yasi clean-up ex­pected to be fin­ished this week.

More than 250 coun­cil work­ers and con­trac­tors have weath­ered the heat and rain, with some work­ers los­ing weight, dur­ing the gru­elling six-week clean-up.

Townsville City Coun­cil parks and open space man­ager Tris­tram Denyer said he was happy the job was al­most fin­ished and he wanted to con­grat­u­late the work­ers.

‘‘ I think it’s im­por­tant to recog­nise these guys live in Townsville too and while many res­i­dents have gone back to nor­mal af­ter Yasi, clean-up crew mem­bers are still out there work­ing day in and day out to get the city back to look­ing its best.’’

He said North­ern Beaches streets and ru­ral ar­eas were yet to be fully cleared due to the huge amount of de­bris still on the foot­paths.

Coun­cil worker Glen­don Green­halgh was on chain­saw duty in the North­ern Beaches area, where he spent 10 hours a day, six days a week do­ing what he de­scribed as drain­ing work.

A fi­nal sweep of green waste in res­i­den­tial ar­eas was ex­pected to be fin­ished by the end of this week.

The green waste pro­cess­ing area at Lou Lit­ster Park was pro­duc­ing pre­dom­i­nantly tub ground mulch suit­able for land­fill. It could also be used in parks where there weren’t chil­dren’s play ar­eas.

Free chip­per mulch for res­i­dents to use on gar­dens is still avail­able, but t he sup­ply would not be re­plen­ished.

HARD WORK: Coun­cil work­ers Glen­don Green­halgh and John McCulin, front, and oth­ers among col­lected mulch

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