RE­FUND FOR BOT­TLES

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - CON­TAINER RE­FUNDS: Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil­lors Ge­off McMullen and David Schefe have put in an ap­pli­ca­tion to be the drop off point for the con­tainer re­fund scheme in Roma. St Ge­orge Lions Club has also ap­plied to be con­tainer re­fund cus­to­di­ans. Jorja McD

THE count­down to Queens­land’s con­tainer re­fund scheme has be­gun, with less than a month un­til things are up and run­ning in hun­dreds of towns across the state.

In prepa­ra­tion for the big day, the state govern­ment re­leased a list of ev­ery town par­tic­i­pat­ing, but there was a no­table omis­sion: no towns from the south­west re­gion were listed.

Alas, the re­gion is not miss­ing out al­to­gether, it may just be late to the party; groups in St Ge­orge and Roma both have plans in place to bring con­tainer re­funds to their com­mu­ni­ties.

Digby Whyte, Balonne Shire Coun­cil’s Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity and En­vi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity, said the St Ge­orge Lions Club had an in­ter­est in the scheme.

“The Lions Club was at the com­mu­nity fo­rum for the re­fund scheme last Wed­nes­day.

“They are part way through an ap­pli­ca­tion to be providers of a con­tainer re­fund point, and that was raised at the meet­ing,” he said.

“They’re a very ac­tive group and coun­cil is very sup­port­ive of a com­mu­nity group that is pre­pared to do that.”

In Roma, Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil has stepped in, said Coun­cil­lor Ge­off McMullen.

“When coun­cil first went to ap­ply, they were told the po­si­tion for a col­lec­tion ser­vice in town has been filled.

“We stood back for a while, un­til coun­cil was no­ti­fied of a change: the orig­i­nal com­pany had backed out and there was a change of plans,” he said.

“Coun­cil has now com­pleted an ap­pli­ca­tion and it has gone in, so now we wait for a re­sponse.”

Cr McMullen said things were mov­ing along, even if Roma might not get their re­fund sta­tion on Novem­ber 1.

“We’re pow­er­ing ahead and have even got some pro­pos­als, but we haven’t put out any­thing con­crete yet.”

Fur­ther west in Mur­weh Shire, a con­tainer re­fund scheme was con­sid­ered, but there were road­blocks, di­rec­tor of en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices Richard Ran­son said.

“It is a tremen­dous idea and we’d love to sup­port it here.

“How­ever, I’m just not sure how it could be suc­cess­ful in our vast area that has quite a small pop­u­la­tion,” he said.

The scheme of­fers a ten cents for each re­cy­clable con­tainer de­posited at a col­lec­tion point.

PHOTO: MOLLY HAN­COCK

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