Coun­cil moves to al­lay fears as state- of- art Stu­art fa­cil­ity looms Plan to close Jensen tip

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - BETTINA WARBURTON bettina. warburton@ news. com. au

THE Townsville City Coun­cil has plans to close the dump at Jensen.

Wa­ter and Waste Com­mit­tee chair Cr Paul Ja­cob said the Jensen tip’s planned clo­sure was part of the coun­cil’s ra­tio­nal­is­ing of all the coun­cil’s land­fills and waste trans­fer sta­tions.

“The main tip we are fo­cus­ing on for every­thing is the Stu­art tip,” he said.

“That will be­come the largest, most state- of- the- art, trans­fer sta­tion.”

Cr Ja­cob’s com­ments came af­ter res­i­dents raised con­cerns the Jensen and Blue­wa­ter tips would close.

“I can re­it­er­ate that the tip it­self will be clos­ing at Jensen,” he said. “For the time be­ing though, un­til the end of the year, res­i­dents will still be able to use the trans­fer.

“But it will be to­tally closed I be­lieve, rea­son­ably soon, af­ter ei­ther the end of this year or early next year.

“And the peo­ple of my area – Bush­land Beach, Deer­a­gun, North Shore and Mount Low – will be able to go to the Her­vey Range Rd tip, which will be fully oper­a­tional, to drop off all green waste and all sorts of things.

“Only peo­ple in my Di­vi­sion 2, from Bush­land Beach, Mount Low, Deer­a­gun and North Shore, will be af­fected by the clo­sure of the Jensen tip.”

Cr Ja­cob said res­i­dents of Bush­land Beach, Mount Low, Deer­a­gun and North Shore had easy ac­cess to the Her­vey Range Rd tip.

“Be­cause the free­way is now open, res­i­dents can get very quickly from Mount Low, Deer­a­gun, North Shore or Bush­land Beach, drive to the Her­vey Range Rd tip,” he said.

“It only takes five to seven min­utes for a trip in a trailer to get to the trans­fer sta­tion, so res­i­dents, they won’t have any prob­lem with easy ac­cess. It’s a lit­tle in­con­ve­nient, but it is a ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion of the tips that has al­ways been the plan.”

Cr Ja­cob said the long- term ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion of the city’s tips in­cluded even­tu­ally clos­ing the trans­fer sta­tion at Her­vey Range Rd.

“The coun­cil doesn’t have a time­line when the Her­vey Range Rd tip will close but it won’t be any­time soon,” he said. “The Her­vey Range Rd tip will con­tinue to op­er­ate for quite a while yet.”

Cr Ja­cob said the Blue­wa­ter tip would re­main open.

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