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.]
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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.
The public will be doing the heavy lifting in the bid to reduce water use by one sixth of the current consumption over the next two years. Just 14% of the 1.6 billion liter reduction will come from the Power and Water Corporation, by phasing in recycled water for irrigation south of the Gap. This is despite the fact that Power and Water will get the lion's share of the $15m Alice Water Smart funding. The rest of the water savings – 86% – will come from consumers cutting back, mostly by turning down the lawn watering tap which is currently using up more than half of the town's supply. Meanwhile, almost twice as much as we're trying to save, close to three billion liters, is being evaporated each year in the sewage treatment plant, water lost to the town forever as the vapour drifts wherever the wind may take it. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Google Earth photo showing the expanse of the sewage evaporation ponds. Around three billion liters of water are wasted each year. The Alice Springs News Online published a comprehensive dossier on the sewage plant in 1998.