Benaraby tip solid option for CQ rubbish
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE Benaraby landfill may be the best landfill site to serve more than a dozen Central Queensland councils, according to a study completed last month.
Calliope Shire Council chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said the study also suggested an unused Duaringa mine and sites in the Livingstone and Fitzroy shires as possible regional landfills.
"The outcome of this study has identified an expanded Benaraby land fill as a potential regional landfill to serve the greater CQ region for years to come,'' Mr Kanofski told the recent Gladstone Engineering Alliance conference.
The projected regional land fill use was 83 years.
He said a landfill engineering consultant was employed under a joint arrangement of the Port Curtis Alliance of Councils, the Central Queensland Region of Councils and the Central Queensland Local Government Association to work toward a regional waste management strategy.
Mr Kanofski is on holidays this week, but acting CEO Mark Larney said the Benaraby site was favoured by the consultant who did the desk top study for the councils.
"The Benaraby site is, in a sense, already a regional landfill because it also takes Gladstone's waste,'' Mr Larney said.
He said other sites considered in the study were Yeppoon (the next favoured site), Bajool, Mt Morgan and another possible location in Calliope
Mr Larney said a larger landfill collection would open economies for waste utilisation, such as heat generation, made available by new technology.
He said this would mean the actual landfill material would be greatly reduced.