Council dumps three of region's waste stations

THREE waste transfer stations will close down after council decided to cut costs on Tuesday.

Lowmead, Raglan and Builyan residents will have to travel further to dump their rubbish legally.

A petition to keep the Lowmead transfer station open, put forward by Lowmead residents, was taken into consideration by councillors at the Gladstone Regional Council general meeting on Tuesday.

Councillors Porter, Burnett, Neill-Ballantine and Lanzon voted against the motion to close the waste transfer stations.

Lowmead residents had suggested revised opening hours for the transfer station, and improved facilities.

"I'm concerned that the Lowmead transfer station had to be closed," Cr Porter told the council meeting.

She said the Lowmead community had asked for a reprieve and a three-month trial with different operating hours.

"I don't think that's unreasonable," Cr Porter said.

Each of the rural transfer stations is estimated to cost $16,000 to operate annually.

Council's Engineering Services portfolio spokesperson councillor Rick Hansen said continual low public attendance had been recorded at the sites since the council proposed to close the three transfer stations on March 4.

"It is not financially viable for council to continue such operations," Cr Hansen said.

AT A GLANCE

Visits in 2014

  • Builyan: 0
  • Raglan: 0
  • Lowmead: 50