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Storm’s aftermath sees 2,000 tonnes of waste dumped

30 November, 2012

Storm’s aftermath sees 2,000 tonnes of waste dumped

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s free green waste disposal week has been a success following the recent storms that ripped through Brisbane, with nearly 2,000 tonnes of storm-related deliveries dumped last week.

Cr Quirk said the initiative was offered between Monday, November 19 and Sunday, November 25, to help residents clear their yards of green hazards including fallen and overhanging branches, leaf litter and twigs.

“Last week we received more than 9,600 loads of green waste across Council’s four transfer stations carrying nearly 2,000 tonnes of storm-related debris,” Cr Quirk said.

“This is a 37 per cent increase on the average amount of green waste usually received at our transfer stations.

“It’s great to see that people use these initiatives when they are offered, which was also the case during three separate weekends in September and October when Council offered free green waste disposal to help prepare for storm season.”

Cr Quirk said in the aftermath of the damaging storms, Council’s early estimate of the cost of the clean-up was expected to be more than $750,000.

“The true cost of the storms won’t be known until absolutely every storm-related job is complete and that could take some time,” he said.

Following the storms, Council crews undertook clean-up’s across Auchenflower, Milton, St Lucia, Toowong, Bowen Hills, Paddington, Red Hill, Ascot, Hamilton, Kenmore, Fig Tree Pocket, West Lake, Middle Park, Sinnamon Park, Mt Ommaney and Jamboree.

This included clearing fallen trees and vegetation and cleaning parks, as well as responding to issues such as damaged traffic lights and other Council assets.

Council’s transfer stations are open daily from 6.30am to 5.45pm and are located at:
• 1560 Nudgee Road, Nudgee
• 360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong
• 101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove
• 728 Tilley Road, Chandler (opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex)

For more information on preparing for severe storms and bushfires, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared or phone Council on 3403 8888.

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