Expansion plans for landfill site

IPSWICH City Council is yet to receive a full brief on plans to expand a landfill site at New Chum, near Dinmore.

Transpacific Waste Management has signalled its intentions to upgrade the capacity of the current site from 50,000 tonnes per year to 1.9 million tonnes by 2021.

The proposal has met with some community concerns over increased traffic on the Ipswich Motorway and suburban streets in the Riverview and Dinmore areas, however local area Councillor Victor Attwood said it was too early to tell the full impact of the proposal.

Transpacific has until March next year to provide the council with information on the proposal.

"We're waiting for information from Transpacific and once we get all the facts, it will go to community consultation," Cr Attwood said.

"They will also have to notify the adjoining landholders, then the application will be determined based on Transpacific's information plus submissions from the public."

Cr Attwood said he would be requesting that any heavy vehicles needing to use an expanded landfill site should use the Ipswich Motorway and Aberdare St, avoiding Jacob St, Joseph St and Old Ipswich Rd - the home of St Peter Claver College.

The site has been home to a dump, operated by a local business, since the mid 1990s, with Transpacific buying the site about six years ago.

Since then they have continued to operate as a dump under the old permit.

In a statement, the company said traffic caused by the expansion was unlikely to increase at a rate greater than population growth for the area.

Despite concerns over possible increases in heavy traffic, Cr Attwood said there were also potential benefits for the city, including an increase in job opportunities.

"One of the things they are looking at doing is recycling bitumen, concrete, wood, metals and plastics - this could create jobs for underskilled workers," he said.

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