Poor choice for waste site
A DECISION to open a waste facility right beside the Welcome to Taroom sign is a load of rubbish according to residents who are now being asked to come up with ways to disguise the eyesore.
Resident Sheree Adcock said she was disappointed by the Banana Shire Council's decision to establish the new facility right near the Welcome to Taroom sign on the Leichhardt Highway.
She said many residents had assumed the facility would be placed at the existing landfill site on Tip Road until word got out that it would be placed right at the entrance to town.
"I'm all for the new system, but where it is going to be situated is ridiculous,” Ms Adcock said.
She was one of more than 60 people who attended a meeting on June 20 to hear details of the decision from Banana Shire Council services director John McDougall and unanimously backed a call by local councillor Terri Boyce to explore alternative locations.
Councillor Terri Boyce who lives in Taroom said the first she knew of the location was when earthworks started a few weeks prior to the public meeting.
As the only local councillor she moved the resolution on behalf of the community.
However Cr Boyce said the State Government's new Waste Disposal Levy has put time and financial pressure on councils to have their waste transfer stations ready for the new rules placed on councils.
The State Government and their EPA Rules also make it difficult to open up new sites for a Waste Transfer Station.
"I believe this is unfair and not practical for our small rural communities and I think we should be fighting back against these unjust rules and regulations,” Cr Boyce said.
Despite the community's concerns the facility is going ahead with Mayor Nev Ferrier saying it was the council's preferred site.
"The proposed site is part of the land parcel for the existing Taroom Landfill and has all of the necessary development and environmental approvals for operation already in place.
"There are no alternate parcels of land in close proximity to Taroom that have the necessary development and environmental approvals for a waste facility already in place.”
None of that helps the Taroom community which now has to find a way to live with the highly visible transfer station.
Cr Ferrier said the council was actively looking at strategies to improve both rubbish egress from the site and the overall visual appeal of the site by using a combination of fencing, artwork and plantings.”
Ms Adcock has suggested a timber wall or a mural as plants take too long to grow.
Tell us your ideas to cover up the unwelcome site of the waste transfer station at newsroom@ centraltelegraph.com.au.