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Council vows to permanently shut down Thulimbah dump

NOT A GOOD IDEA: Cr Vic Pennisi is against closing small waste facilities like Thulimbah Dump.
NOT A GOOD IDEA: Cr Vic Pennisi is against closing small waste facilities like Thulimbah Dump. Dane Lillingstone

SOUTHERN Downs Regional Council has declared that it will be permanently closing the Thulimbah dump.

Thulimbah Waste Transfer Station will shut down permanently on Monday, February 1. The facility is used for domestic and household waste and also has recycling facilities.

The move comes on the back of a push towards large waste stations such as the Northern Granite Belt Waste Transfer Stations.

Council now advises that "for disposal of general household waste and recyclables, please visit the Pozieres Waste Transfer Station, located on Pozieres Road, or the new Northern Granite Belt Waste Transfer Station, located on Taggart Road, The Summit."

Over 1000 rateable properties are serviced by the Thulimbah facility.

The move will be sure to upset some, as Dalveen residents who had their facility closed last year were given keys to the Thulimbah facility. The closure of small waste facilities has been on the cards for many years, with council rationalising smaller facilities.

Councillor Vic Pennisi has been a staunch supporter against the closure of such facilities and said he still does not support it.

"I don't support the current waste manage strategy," he said.

"Simply we cannot continue to provide 'gold plated' infrastructure without meaningful engagement with the people we are meant to serve.

"Innovative options at a more palatable price may be available and until that process has been explored I am not convinced that our waste management strategy reflects the best outcome for our communities or is in fact affordable.

"This type of infrastructure increases the burden on ratepayers in perpetuity and we must begin to change the way we think and do business and focus on spending less than we make."

Under the adoption of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2014-24, the council resolved to rationalise smaller facilities.

The current strategy is for the residents in Dalveen, Applethorpe, Thulimbah, Pozieres, Amiens and The Summit to all be served by the Northern Granite Belt Waste Transfer Station, which means the closure of Thulimbah will not be the last.

The report suggested the closure of small waste facilities at The Summit, Thulimbah, Glen Aplin and Pozieres. It also suggested the closure of Pozieres and Thulimbah facilities at an indicative cost of $75,000.

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