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20 million tonnes of waste makes for irate residents

THE New Chum dump will have more than 20 million tonnes of waste dumped in it over the next decade with residents fearing the potential health effects.

The mind-boggling figure was revealed to the community by anti-dump campaigners IRATE at a public meeting on Saturday.

President Jim Dodrill was shocked when he first laid eyes on the figure, after he received the Transpacific Industry projections through the right to information act.

The figure far exceeds the 50,000 tonnes a year the Ipswich City Council believed was the dump's limit.

A court case early this year found Transpacific Industries could dump an unlimited amount of waste at the site.

Among the 300 documents Mr Dodrill obtained was a list of toxic substances deposited at the New Chum site, which include contaminated soil and medical waste, both of which are radioactive material.

Mr Dodrill was disappointed councillors Paul Tully and Victor Attwood gave no reason for not attending the meeting, despite being invited.

During the meeting Mr Dodrill held a Cr Attwood election sign carrying the slogan "stop the dump" from the council elections earlier this year.

"I was surprised and disappointed Cr Attwood wasn't in attendance, because on numerous occasions he has said there is nothing toxic in this dump, but it's clear this is a toxic waste dump," he said. "All along we have said we will join with the council to find out what has to be done. Every time we have made an offer to get it going we have been told it will happen in the future."

Cr Attwood said he didn't attend the meeting for personal reasons.

"They are political lobby group and I would be further vilified for something I had no chance to make a decision on," he said. "I'm happy to support the community. I'm supporting the community in their arguments against the dump in the recent court case."

Cr Attwood said he would wait for council officers' recommendations before deciding on future developments on the New Chum site.

"I will wait until the council officers assess the case based on its merits."

Cr Tully and Transpacific Industries were contacted for comment.

Topics:  ipswich city council, irate, jim dodrill, new chum dump




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