Wanted: sites for relocating the landfill

By KIERAN FINNANE

 

Councillor Steve Brown (pictured) has inched further in his pursuit of eventual relocation of the Alice Springs landfill from its present site just south of the Gap.

 

A last night’s meeting councillors supported a motion for CEO Rex Mooney to write to the CEO of the Department of Lands, Planning and Environment to initiate discussion about future sites for a potential relocation of the landfill.

 

Cr Brown stipulated that his motion did not concern relocation of the Transfer Station and other facilities under construction, but only the waste dumping part of the operation, for which council has been seeking to extend the area further west into Ilparpa Valley.

 

He told the meeting that he had had discussion with officers of the NT Government, that there are a number of options to considered and that now it was for council and the government to have a further conversation.

 

The suggestion of writing a letter to set that in motion – rather than requesting a confidential report from officers – came from Cr Jade Kundrenko.

 

The meeting was assured that council will continue to pursue acquisition of the land west of the landfill, available to council free of charge. At present an Indigenous Land Use Agreement is being negotiated.

 

 

RELATED READING, a survey of other councillors’ views on the subject (the mayor has declined to comment):

 

Councillors have open mind on landfill relocation

 

Landfill shift inevitable but costs timing are issues

 

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