Coun­cil has dumped rub­bish idea on us

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

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.

GRID­LOCK: Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to close trans­fer sta­tions in the north­ern beaches will only add to de­mand at the Her­vey’s Range waste trans­fer fa­cil­ity. Pic­ture: EVAN MORGAN

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