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Waste company hits back

Local residents and activists protest at the Transpacific Waste Management facility at New Chum.
Local residents and activists protest at the Transpacific Waste Management facility at New Chum. David Nielsen

THE company behind a contentious Ipswich dump has responded to protesters opposed to expanding the waste facility.

Transpacific has applied to increase the capacity of the dump at New Chum from 50,000 to 1.9 million tonnes a year.

Ipswich City Council is against the expansion and community opposition fused into IRATE (Ipswich Residents Against Toxic Environments).

Nick Badyk, chief operating officer of Cleanaway, a Transpacific company, wrote to the QT to answer the critics.

Mr Badyk said the application would not extend the landfill beyond current boundaries and the site had "a considerable green buffer zone between our operators and the nearest residential areas".

He said Transpacific provided "extensive independent traffic modelling to the council" as part of the original application.

"These reports clearly indicate any increase in traffic will be minimal, with vehicle use on Chum St anticipated to increase at a figure less than population growth for the area," he said.

"Current figures indicate truck numbers have already dropped by 35% to an average 270 vehicles per day since the Queensland Waste Levy was introduced in December."

He said the New Chum facility was "an important asset of the local community infrastructure".

"Transpacific appreciates residents may have concerns, however the reality is that the New Chum site has been operating since 1998 within a zoned industrial precinct and on the site of a former coal mine," he said.

"Transpacific has adhered to all ICC requirements regarding public notification and consultation and has also met and spoken with a number of local residents to discuss concerns."

IRATE spokesman Jim Dodrill disputed that claim, reaffirming pollution and noise concerns.

"Transpacific Waste have done no public consultation whatsoever about this dump until just a few weeks ago," Mr Dodrill said.

"When I pointed out to Transpacific managers where I lived and complained about dust coming from the site which affects my asthmatic daughter and contaminates clothing on our clothes lines, I was dismissed as being wrong. No consideration or investigation was offered."

Topics:  ipswich city council, protesters, waste facility



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