Trap Gully Landfill boost
THE Banana Shire Council has received $239,464 from the state government to ensure the Trap Gully Landfill site is outfitted and ready when the Waste Management Levy starts on June 30, 2019.
The grant is funded by the government's 2018-19 Local Government Levy Ready Grant Program.
The state grant will be combined with $87,000 from the council's waste operation budget.
Projects required to be carried out at the landfill site to have it operationally ready by June 2019 include a new secure perimeter fence and a barrier fence between the landfill and resource recovery areas.
Others include installation of a computer to administer levy data and reporting, antenna to transmit data, solar for back-up power, an upgrade to the weighbridge and installation of signage advising users of levy requirements.
The project will create 10 jobs during construction and two ongoing jobs once the levy has been introduced.
Under the proposed waste levy, council will be required to collect, weigh and charge a fee per tonne for non-domestic waste.
Banana Shire Mayor Nev Ferrier said council staff had put in the work required to prepare for the roll-out of the state government's waste levy.
"We will be required to adopt new practices, train staff on the new requirements under legislation and communicate the implications of the levy to all ratepayers,” Cr Ferrier said.
He also said the council was pleased to have received the grant from the 2018-19 Local Government Ready Grant Program offered by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.
"This money will ensure council is able to have Trap Gully Landfill compliant in time for the introduction of the waste levy,” he said.
All up, 34 Queensland councils have benefited from grants ranging from $6000 to $570,000 to get infrastructure at waste disposal sites all over the state ready for the introduction of the waste levy.
Environmental Minister Leeanne Enoch said the grants would fund activities including upgrading IT, installing or upgrading fencing, security cameras, signage, weighbridge and other infrastructure.
"The state government has committed to making sure there is no extra cost for Queenslanders putting their wheelie bin out each week from the introduction of the waste levy,” Minister Enoch said.
"The new waste levy will also lead to the creation of jobs, local waste management and resource recovery solutions and market development,” she said.
The levy will bring Queensland in line with other states who already have levies, helping to discourage the growing trend of interstate dumping of waste.