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Trip to the dump as an election is looming

 

You always know when an election is around the corner: Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon is doing what he does best, namely spending public money.

Or in TV news footage he is standing close to someone else doing it.

Sources say that he will dole out $8m to the regions west of Alice Springs in the next few days, for more dialysis facilities and infrastructure support such as hostels.

And a media doorstop at the dump on Monday has attendees scratching their heads. ERWIN CHLANDA comments.

PHOTO: Smile! (From left) Cr Liz Martin, Mayor Damien Ryan, MLA Alison Anderson, MHR Warren Snowdon, Cr Brendan Heenan, Cr Geoff Booth and Cr Steve Brown.

Town council's 'regional' landfill: cart before the horse?

Shift dump & sewage plant from iconic Gap, says Cr Brown 

 

The Town Council's plans for a $5m upgrade of the tip, turning it into a "regional" landfill servicing the southern half of the Territory, is showing troubling signs of putting the cart before the horse.

Funds include grants from the Federal Government ($3.5m) and the NT Government ($775,000).

All centers which would be carting rubbish to Alice Springs would be in one of the two shires south of Tennant Creek.
MacDonnell Shire CEO Diane Hood says while there are talks about a regional waste management action plan "this has not yet been discussed in any detail" and "no budget has been assigned for this purpose as it will form part of future discussions".
And Roydon Robertson, CEO of the Central Desert Shire, said when asked for a comment: “I don’t know anything about this story. I doubt its accuracy.”
Prominent councillor Steve Brown says the dump and the adjacent sewage treatment plant, run by the NT Government's Power & Water, should be moved from their present location where they are a smelling eyesore in the iconic Gap, the entrance to the tourist Mecca Alice Springs wants to be. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. [This report brings together all previous reports and updates on this subject.]

 

Click FULL STORY for UPDATES on July 19 and 23.

 

IMAGES: Sketch of the entrance of the proposed upgraded landfill. • The dump (centre of the photo) is a blight on the beautiful Ilparpa Valley, says Cr Steve Brown.

All household garbage south of Tennant Creek to be dumped in Alice Springs

The Alice Springs landfill (center of the picture) is set to become the repository of all garbage in the Territory south of Tennant Creek.

The Alice Town Council is about to call tenders for the expansion of the tip to fulfill a "regional" role, subject to final discussions with the NT Government. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

FOR UPDATES:

• Councillor Steve Brown says shift the landfill now.

• Comment from Diane Hood, CEO of the MacDonnell Shire.

• Roydon Robertson, Chief Executive Officer of the Central Desert Shire: "I don’t know anything about this story.  I doubt its accuracy."

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Council landfill tenders soon

The Alice Town Council is about to call tenders for the refurbishment of the landfill using $3.5m in Federal money from Regional Development Australia (RDA), and $775,000 from the NT Government.

$3.5m grant from Feds for landfill upgrade

The town council will get $3.5m from the Federal Government towards a $5m project to upgrade the landfill on its present site.

This will include a new waste transfer station, retail reycling shop, weigbridge, security gates and improved road network.

Mayor Damien Ryan says this will help the council achieve its goal to
reduce the litter stream to the landfill by 50% over 30 years.

Mr Ryan says he's had a "win win" with the grant which comes from the
Regional Development Australia Fund on which he is the Territory's
representative.

Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, says this is "a great project
that will not only benefit the local community, but the surrounding
regional areas as well.

“The project will create growth opportunities for business to use
recycled materials, particularly glass, focus the attention of business,
industry and government in the region on waste management practices and
increase current staffing levels by approximately 50 per cent.

“Currently, businesses outside Alice Springs municipal boundaries are
required to take hazardous waste like asbestos across state borders.”

Mr Snowdon says four local government areas will benefit from the
project, including the MacDonnell Shire, Central Desert Shire, Barkly
Shire Council and Alice Springs Municipality.

Meanwhile Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Adam Giles says
while Alice Springs rubbish management needs are now secured for the
future, it is unfortunate that funding was not made available for
delivering real jobs and real economic development in the region.

Photo: Muddy tracks at the landfill soon to be a thing of the past.

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