Waste is on agenda

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

SOM­ER­SET Re­gional Coun­cil has joined four other South­east Queensland coun­cils in seek­ing reg­u­la­tory ap­proval to ex­plore op­tions for fu­ture waste man­age­ment ser­vices.

The four coun­cils, which in­cludes Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil, have ap­plied to the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion for au­tho­ri­sa­tion to in­vite ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in the pro­vi­sion of fu­ture waste dis­posal and/or re­source re­cov­ery ser­vices.

Pro­pos­als would be in­vited for a re­gional so­lu­tion or so­lu­tions that would suit one or more coun­cil ar­eas. The pro­pos­als could range from small-scale to large-scale in­te­grated re­gional so­lu­tions and could be fo­cused on one or more avail­able waste streams.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was in the Som­er­set’s in­ter­ests to in­ves­ti­gate a re­gional ap­proach to waste man­age­ment.

“SRC recog­nises that some ex­ist­ing meth­ods of waste man­age­ment, such as land­fill, may not be sus­tain­able,” he said.

“By ex­plor­ing a com­bined re­gional waste man­age­ment so­lu­tion, coun­cil ... may be in a po­si­tion to con­sider new waste and re­cy­cling so­lu­tions.”

It is ex­pected the EOI will be ad­ver­tised by late March.

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