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Council Produce More Rubbish Roads

Barter Street can no longer claim the prestigious title of Gympie's only rubbish road.

Recently completed asphalt resurfacing projects at Hughes Terrace, River Road and David Drive used approximately 1.1 million plastic bags or equivalents, 345,000 glass bottles and 25,000 toner cartridges. This means the region has four roads made predominately of rubbish, or more specifically, recycled material.

According to Gympie Regional Council Assets Manager, Sam Murphy, the recycled material used in the asphalt is not only better for the environment, but a higher performing product overall.

"Industry standard testing indicates the asphalt we are using, which contains this recycled material, is more robust and less prone to failure than traditional asphalt," Mr Murphy said.

"It is also marginally cheaper and obviously more environmentally friendly."

"By using this material, Council were able to save $4,405 across the three projects," he said.

Infrastructure services portfolio Councillor Warren Polley said "There was a need to continue to explore cheaper, better performing material for our road surfaces."

"While I understand these latest projects to use this recycled asphalt material are not the first in the region, they are the largest to date,' Cr Polley said.

"I want to thank staff for thinking outside the box and putting the safety and hip pocket of our residents, road users and rate payers first."

"Now when I receive a call about a rubbish Gympie road, I will assume it is one of the four we have used this material on," he said.

A message from Councillor Warren Polley - Wednesday, 21 October 2020 A message from Councillor Warren Polley - Wednesday, 21 October 2020

What’s your reason?

The tagline – a natural place to live, work and play – is a common one throughout regional councils across the country. Clearly, all councils want the same things for their region in terms of prosperity and lifestyle, so why should a potential new resident choose one region over all the other regions who are offering similar dreams and prospects?  These reasons are as many and varied as the individuals who hold to them. 

At the recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast, we had high school students who’s priority was around educational options – they are in the early stages of their pathway in life. They were motivated to ‘live’.  The young families just wanted a stable job. They were motivated to ‘work’. Then one stately gentleman, who was clearly in the later leg of his life’s pathway, declared that all people wanted was a peaceful community. He just wanted to relax and ‘play’ and enjoy the fruits of his labour.  Each one of these is right and all are worthy motivations.   

During the week, I met residents from Widgee who had moved onto a 50 acre lot from down south and are loving the fact that they can’t see any neighbours. But they are quite incensed that there are now tradies running up and down the road because, it seems, other people have discovered the same idyllic lifestyle as them and they’re moving in next door.

I have met numerous other people who stated quite simply, “We were driving along and turned off the highway at KFC, fell in love with the place, went back home, sold up and moved to Gympie”. 

In the comments below tell us your story. What brought you here?  What keeps you here?

Cr Warren Polley