Cr Nancy Sommerfield
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July 14, 2020

Uncertainty about the future direction of Yarraman’s waste transfer site has been cleared up in an updated Waste Infrastructure Plan 2020 proposed by Toowoomba Regional Council’s Water and Waste Committee on Tuesday.

The committee has recommended Council adopt the plan – which will guide the TRC’s future waste facility upgrades – at next Tuesday’s general meeting.

Key changes include:

  • The use of existing sites for facility upgrades is preferred, rather than purchasing land and building on new sites; this will save significant acquisition costs and minimise uncertainty around future planning approvals for facilities at Greenmount, Yarraman, Pittsworth, Clifton, Millmerran and Goombungee
  • Facilities already operating as transfer stations and providing acceptable service levels to the community will be removed from the upgrade program
  • Facility upgrades will be deferred at sites where there is the ability to continue to use existing landfill capacity (includes Greenmount, Pittsworth, Clifton, Goombungee, Jondaryan and Emu Creek)
  • Weighbridges will be installed at some sites to ensure compliance with waste levy legislation. This is likely to occur at Pittsworth, Clifton and Goombungee landfills.

Cr Rebecca Vonhoff said the committee’s recommendations would result in a projected $25 million saving on previously planned capital works projects.

Cr Nancy Sommerfield said Council had upgraded waste management facilities at Cooyar, Evergreen and Cecil Plains under the previous Waste Infrastructure Plan, adopted in 2017.

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