Council has dumped rubbish idea on us
I CANNOT believe council’s decision to close our transfer stations in the northern beaches areas of Townsville.
One has to wonder if this is a compromise for building our stadium or is it to feather the nest of the council to create yet more land for development in a city of nearly 200,000 with little water security for the future?
Are we also to see the demise of our rubbish collections and mowing of our front yards?
I am sure the council has not considered the repercussions of the closure of these transfer stations and how it may lead to many health issues with rubbish dumped and left to rot on the side of the road and on private and industrial property.
Many elderly prefer not to travel great distances especially on busy roads, so will not be keen to travel all the way to our nearest transfer stations at Stuart or Hervey’s Range, and the cost of extra fuel on an already tight budget will only add to their woes.
Unfortunately we see many trailers and utes with poor tie down restraints, therefore, much of their rubbish being transported to the destination off the Ring Road and Bruce Highway will fly into the bushes and create a hazard for fire and an eyesore.
I am sure the council will not be keen to employ more staff to do regular road clean ups.
Also not considered are those who do not have access to trailers or utes, small amounts of rubbish ( but too much for the wheelie bins) will not be transported, but instead will most certainly be dumped.
Another consideration is the time it will now take to dispose of our rubbish, both in travel and also the queues that will arise as a consequence of so many vehicles with so few accesses to Stuart and Hervey’s Range.
Having just come back from the township of Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast, I was amazed at the recycle transfer station there which generates money and jobs. It runs at a profit using others’ waste.
One man’s waste could be the council’s treasure but alas we see yet another opportunity for our council to make money lost by their decisions.
Many people are upset and angry at this decision and it should be immediately revoked and lessons should be taken from such venues as the Beerwah Recycling Centre.
I have taken the liberty of setting up a petition through change. org on Facebook. SHARON EMMERSON, Black River.