Endeavour Foundation wins contract

ENDEAVOUR Foundation CEO David Barbagallo has signed a $1.5 million contract with Southern Downs Regional Council for the continued management of waste facilities and recycling services.

Mr Barbagallo said the three-and-a-half-year contract demonstrated the Council's proactive approach to waste management.

"Endeavour Foundation has had a great partnership with Southern Downs Regional Council and it's a pleasure to sign a new agreement and confirm our continued work together," he said.

"Endeavour Foundation first signed on to run the weighbridge and gate house for the Warwick waste station prior to council amalgamations. Since then we have also been contracted to manage entry to the waste facility at Stanthorpe.

"This new $1.5 million contract will bring both waste facilities and the collection of recyclables from all of the transfer stations in the region into the one agreement until 2015."

Mr Barbagallo said Endeavour also managed the recycling centres, providing employment for more than 30 people with a disability in the region.

"Supported employees of our Warwick Business Service reclaim any saleable items and clean them for sale at the Tip Shop, and we are able to recycle cardboard, plastic, cans and a number of other materials, significantly reducing landfill," he said.

SDRC has redeveloped the Warwick waste facility in recent years, installing a weighbridge and gatehouse.

The same state-of-the-art facilities, allowing the introduction of kerbside recycling, have also been built at Stanthorpe with a weighbridge to be added early 2012.

The new contract gives Endeavour Foundation the right to operate both Warwick and Stanthorpe from 2012.

Mayor Ron Bellingham said he was delighted to sign with Endeavour to continue to manage recycling activities in the Region.

"This Council has taken major strides forward in waste management in recent years and is recognised as a leader in south east Queensland," he said.

"In addition to the Stanthorpe and Warwick facilities, we have a new waste transfer station in Allora and plans to build a facility at Wallangarra and Dalveen."

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