CLEANEST IN THE STATE: Cherbourg's recycling centre manager Andrew Beckett with Minister for Natural resources Dr Anthony Lynham.
CLEANEST IN THE STATE: Cherbourg's recycling centre manager Andrew Beckett with Minister for Natural resources Dr Anthony Lynham. Matt Collins

Minister wants to talk garbage with mayor

DURING his recent visit to Cherbourg, the minister for natural resources said he was looking forward to chatting with the South Burnett mayor after he received some surprising news.

On Thursday, October 25, Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham officially opened the $15 million Cherbourg wastewater facility.

As well as the opening, Dr Lynham took a tour of the new recycling centre, which he said was the most accurate and clean waste recovery facility in Queensland.

He was surprised to hear that all the recycled waste came from Gympie and nothing from the South Burnett.

Dr Lynham said this was something he would like to discuss with the South Burnett mayor.

"I really respect Mayor Keith Campbell and I'll be sitting down with him and working out some options," he said.

"I'll ask him if there is any possible way we can get waste that can be recovered from the South Burnett into Cherbourg to make this facility grow and be bigger."

When asked why the recycling plant wasn't already being utilised by the South Burnett Council, Dr Lynham said he would need to speak with the South Burnett mayor.

"I'll have to ask the mayor, he has his finger on the pulse and he knows this area more than I do," he said.

South Burnett Regional Council Mayor, Keith Campbell said recycling had been trialled in parts of the region in the past.

"Nanango had recycling pre-amalgamation and we have looked into kerbside recycling right across the South Burnett," he said.

"We did a survey and residents have said they wanted it but they didn't want to pay for it."

Cr Campbell said he welcomed a conversation with the minister on the topic of recycling.

"We will be seeing the minister in mid November and I am sure that will be on the agenda," he said.

The manager for environment and waste for South Burnett council, Craig Patch said whilst the region doesn't currently have kerbside recycling it was a priority for the region.

"We worked out it was going to cost about $80 per year which works out to over $3 per fortnight for residents to have their recycling taken away," he said.

"We surveyed the region and whilst two thirds of residents were in favour of kerbside recycling, only one third were happy to pay for it."

One thing is for sure, Mr Patch said once South Burnett has kerbside recycling, they would be utilising the Cherbourg facility.

"Having this great facility on our back door step is a huge plus," he said.