Rockhampton rubbish set to come our way

RUBBISH from Rockhampton could start flowing into Gladstone within the next three years.

The major landfill site in the Rockhampton Regional Council area will expire in that time, and establishing a new site could take up to 10 years.

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Despite a 50-year life on the existing site at Gladstone, near Benaraby, Gladstone councillor Rick Hansen said Gladstone Regional Council had been negotiating with its northern neighbour to secure a solution.

That had included building a new site within the state development area, he said.

A feasibility study has already been carried out, and Cr Hansen said any course of action would become clear in the next six months.

"The life on Rockhampton's landfill is almost up and they do have other minor landfills in the region, but that's their major one, so they are running out of options," Cr Hansen said.

The existing landfill at Benaraby could cater for both regions' rubbish, but would reduce the lifetime of the site by at least five years.

"It has to be an agreement between the two councils," Cr Hansen said.