Councils plan regional dump

A MAJOR rubbish tip to service the Northern Rivers region may be the way of the future, and Ballina councillor John Felsch is all for it.

Ballina Shire Council last week voted to authorise its general manager to enter negotiations with Casino-based Richmond Valley Council, with the view to establishing a partnership arrangement to develop the Bora Ridge landfill site, near Coraki, as a regional facility.

Cr Felsch, who moved the motion, which was seconded by Cr Alan Brown, said it was a smart move.

Civil services group manager John Truman told The Northern Star there was no rush, as Ballina had approval and enough space to bury the shire's rubbish for the next 20 years. However, it was an 'appropriate time' to be investigating the option as local landfill sites would not last for ever.

“It would be an investment in options,” he said.

“That way, in 10 years when our landfill reaches capacity, the council and community would have the option to choose between a regional facility and creating another landfill at Ballina.”

Richmond Valley has allocated funds to commence the preparation of environmental reports and other approval documentation, with tenders for the work expected to be called for early in this financial year.



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