Col­lab­o­ra­tion key to solv­ing our waste prob­lems

The Western Star - - News -

A MARA­NOA coun­cil­lor is look­ing to join forces with neigh­bour­ing shires in a bid to tackle the south­west’s grow­ing waste prob­lem.

At a Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil meet­ing last week, Cr Ge­off McMullen pro­posed the for­ma­tion of a South West Re­gional Waste Group and now, with the sup­port of fel­low coun­cil­lors, will take his pitch to other ru­ral councils.

“Coun­cil re­solved in prin­ci­ple sup­port to part­ner with State De­vel­op­ment Queens­land on this project, and we are go­ing to ap­proach all of the re­gional councils to the west of us,” Cr McMullen said.

“We will pro­pose the councils get to­gether, and form this group to col­lab­o­ra­tively or­gan­ise get­ting fund­ing to help solve ma­jor waste prob­lems.”

Around the region, Cr McMullen sees tyre dis­posal and il­le­gal dump­ing as some of the big­gest is­sues councils are deal­ing with when it comes to waste.

With the new waste levy also com­ing in for councils, he says now is the time to be work­ing to­gether.

“There is strength in num­bers when it comes to clean­ing up the region, and get­ting fund­ing to fix prob­lems,” Cr McMullen said.

“We in the Mara­noa are in­volved al­ready in the new waste levy tax, so we know re­duc­ing the amount of waste go­ing in to land­fill will help us.

“But we can also help other councils want­ing to re­duce their waste.”

So far Cr McMullen has re­ceived sup­port from Quilpie Shire as well as his col­leagues in the Mara­noa, and pre­lim­i­nary talks with the Balonne Shire Coun­cil are un­der­way.

A report on form­ing the South West Re­gional Waste Group pro­posal will go back to the Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil at its Au­gust 14 meet­ing.

PHOTO: BLAKE ANTROBUS

GET TO­GETHER: Cr Ge­off McMullen has pro­posed a col­lab­o­ra­tion of south­west councils to tackle waste prob­lems af­fect­ing the region.

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