Hard-working crews wind up Yasi waste collection
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