Rubbish proposal to cost $56,000
AFTER years of two landfill sites encroaching on unused sections of road the South Burnett Regional Council could be slugged with a $56,000 bill to officially expand the refuse sites' boundaries.
The Department of Natural Resources and Mines offered the council the option to purchase a section of Oberles Rd, Hivesville for $7000 and part of Chinchilla Wondai Rd, Durong for $42,000.
Survey costs on top of the purchase prices would push the bill up to $56,000.
Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said price for the land adjacent to the Durong landfill site was ludicrous.
"This is land out there that would never be used, it's just sitting there not used by the State Government," he said.
"We need to make sure that we comply with our refuse tip regulations and we're slugged with $42,000.
"The State Government will not even know where this existed. They would have no idea how to get there, they would get lost, you'd need Burke and Wills to find the departmental officers who were sent to go out and find this bit of land yet we're slugged with $42,000 which has to come out of our budget."
The council's corporate services general manager Stan Taylor said it would be too difficult and costly to try and push the rubbish off the road reserve at Hivesville back onto the tip site.
"The situation is it has been consolidated quite some time ago onto the road reserve," he said.
"The problem you've got is if you get it back on there and there's some left over we have to push it further onto the council's landfill site to actually get the artefacts for capping over and things like that."
Cr Kratzmann said there was still time to take resolutions to the Local Government of Queensland annual conference. "It's becoming a one way street and both State and Federal governments need to wake up to themselves and support local governments more," he said.