THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has adopted a new waste management strategy for the World Heritage Listed K’gari (Fraser Island).
The Eurong Transfer Station will be upgraded and facilities at Happy Valley and Orchid Beach will be improved under the 10-year K’gari (Fraser Island) Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy.
Division 7 Councillor Darren Everard said the strategy aims to protect and conserve the world heritage and cultural values of the island as well as guide the allocation of funds and the timing of projects to improve waste management and resource recovery on the island.
“Key actions include upgrading the Eurong Waste Transfer Station (WTS) to mitigate risk associated with legacy waste practices and increasing resource recovery opportunities for a wider range of waste streams including the introduction of co-mingle recycling bins,” Cr Everard said.
“Eventually the current facilities at Happy Valley and Orchid Beach will be replaced with bin compounds.”
The strategy was developed in partnership with key stakeholders including the Department of Environment and Science, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services, the Butchulla community, island residents, tourism operators and visitors.
Information on the community engagement activities and findings can be found, here.
Waste services on the island are a shared responsibility.
“Services for residents in the villages are co-ordinated by Council while Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service looks after services for the thousands of tourists who flock to the island each year,” Cr Everard explained
You can view the Strategy on the Policies and Publications page of Council’s website.
The project received grant funding from the Australian Government under the Australian Heritage Grants Program.
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