Shared dump put off for 20 years
A SHARED dump between Gladstone and Rockhampton regional councils has been pushed back at least two decades.
This week Rockhampton Regional Council decided to extend the life of Lakes Creek Road landfill site by building on top of the existing material.
This 'piggy backing' move will extend the site's life by 20 years.
A total of four landfill cells will be added to the site over a period of time, and the first will have a capacity of 180,000cu m of waste.
Lakes Creek Road is Rockhampton Regional Council's major landfill and was due to expire in 2016. The looming date had brought Gladstone and Rockhampton into discussions about creating one landfill site in the state development area both regions could share.
Rockhampton councillor Neil Fisher said this option was a short term solution, and collaboration with Gladstone Regional Council was still a likely long term solution. "We were strongly considering working with Gladstone Regional Council to transport the waste to their Benaraby landfill. In the end though, the piggy back option was the most cost effective choice," Cr Fisher said.
"I have nothing but praise in regards to how both councils have worked together to investigate the options."
Gladstone's Benaraby landfill still has a 50-year lifespan.