Rocky and Gladstone councils to explore joint services

GLADSTONE and Rockhampton regional councils have commenced a joint process to examine the feasibility of developing proposals for combined services.

The services the councils are looking at combining are collection, disposal, recycling, planning and education.

The process has the capacity to identify ways that the two councils can extend their cooperation with waste management beyond the existing cooperation on the management of recycling at the recycling facility in Rockhampton.

In addition the understandings obtained out of the current Central Queensland Waste and Resource Recovery Action Plan (2013 - 2015) undertaken by the recently disbanded Central Queensland Local Government Association will form valuable input into this feasibility project.

Whilst stressing that at this stage the project is only about examining the feasibility of entering into extended joint waste disposal services Cr Rick Hansen (Gladstone Regional Council) and Cr Neil Fisher (Rockhampton Regional Council), co-chairs of the key stakeholder group guiding the project, both were optimistic that the project would help identify areas of additional waste management co-operation between the two councils.

"Cooperation between our two councils in the interests of identifying efficiencies and opportunities to jointly save costs in waste management into the future can only benefit both of our communities" Cr Fisher said today.

"Parameters of the project have been set by both councils that seek to safeguard the interests of both council communities to ensure that any increased level of co-operation will result in benefits to both communities. 

"We have successfully cooperated in the utilisation of joint recycling facility currently as well in regional waste management strategies through the CQ LGA and this is just another step in seeing if there is other ways in this area that we can co-operate further" Cr Hansen said.

The project to identify the feasibility of further levels of co-operation is expected to run for about six months with both Councils reviewing the outcome at the conclusion of the project to determine at that time whether there are ways that the co-operation could be extended.

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