The unloading bays at the Rosewood Recycling and Refuse Centre will return to service next month following extensive repair work to counter subsidence issues at the site.
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Chair Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the unloading bays had been closed for the nine months due to the subsidence below the unloading bays, construction issues and bad weather hampering the rebuild.
“The Rosewood Recycling and Refuse Centre is more than 30 years old and is set to be replaced with a new Western Resource and Recovery Centre to support the growing Rosewood-Thagoona-Walloon corridor,” Mayor Harding said.
“In the interim, council has rebuilt the unloading bays, bringing the site back up to full capacity, to allow local residents better access to refuse and recycling services.”
Growth, Infrastructure and Waste Committee Deputy Chairperson Councillor Paul Tully said the unloading bay upgrades were part of council’s commitment to improving waste collection for residents.
“Since the subsidence issue was discovered, temporary skip bins have been in place to allow local residents to continue to access recycling and waste services,” Cr Tully said.
“It has been a busy Christmas period and council and its contractor have been kept busy removing materials from the site so that there have been no impacts on customers.”
Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Russell Milligan said the centre will return to normal operations on 7 February and users will appreciate the changes.
“In addition to the bin bays there are new safety rails, bump stops and compacted road base for improved backing into bays. Additionally, there is more robust load out area for our vehicles to access and replace and remove bins,” Deputy Mayor Milligan said.
“This has taken a little longer than we first forecast, but the weather and some additional construction complications have pushed us back several weeks.”
Division 4 Councillor Kate Kunzelmann said following independent engineering advice council decided to keep the original bays closed until repairs were completed as a safety precaution.
“All other services at the site, such as green waste and recycling options, were not impacted,” Cr Kunzelmann said.
“Council has endorsed a city-wide Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan that outlines the best way to deliver fit-for-purpose resource recovery facilities in high-growth areas so it can meet the needs of the community, recover more resources, and reduce waste to landfill.
“This plan reinforces the need for a future centre in the Western region to service our growing population in that area. More information can be found at https://shapeyouripswich.com.au/