Councillors get a first-hand look at shire’s waste issues

Councillors inspect the soon-to-be-opened Community Recycling Centre at Sunnyside.
Councillors inspect the soon-to-be-opened Community Recycling Centre at Sunnyside.

Rubbish recycling in Tenterfield is receiving a boost with the official opening of the new Community Recycling Centre at the Sunnyside Waste Transfer Station next week, and the reverse vending machine heading our way for cans and drink containers.

Councillors hit the road on Tuesday, January 16 to inspect council’s existing water and waste facilities to get an appreciation of the challenges faced on a day-to-day basis by council staff, and of the projects underway.

First stop was the Community Recycling Centre, which will be officially opened by MP Thomas George on Monday, January 29. The group then moved onto the Sewerage Treatment Plant on Old Ballandean Road before being given a tour by the contractor engaged to implement the safety enhancements on the Tenterfield Dam.

A visit then to the Boonoo Boonoo Landfill was a first not only for many of the councillors but also for recently-appointed chief executive Terry Dodds.

“It is a great eye-opener for the councillors to see first hand the challenges that council faces with regard to waste,” Mayor Peter Petty said.

“Being able to look into the landfill pits and see that their capacity has almost been reached was very sobering in terms of council’s forward planning and ability to deliver a safe and effective waste service.”

Councillors also accepted the invitation of local entrepreneur Steve Haslam to view his renovations to the old council building on the corner of Logan and Manners Streets, and to hear his plans for the redevelopment of the old Uniting Church and manse. 

The Tenterfield Saleyards was the last stop where plans for the new truck wash facility were discussed and the recent enhancements to the yards and elevated walkways scrutinised.

On Monday, January 22 the councillors headed to the northern reaches of the shire to inspect bridges and horticulture and the major works on the Mt Lindesay Road, particularly the new sections between Legume and Woodenbong.