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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.
I have the privilege of travelling the region and seeing just how wonderful it is. This was reaffirmed this week when I had the honour of welcoming around 30 new citizens to our region and country.
I was moved by the endless stories of how people had visited this area, fell in love with its beauty and people, and decided to move states or countries to live here.
We, as residents, know how good our region is and although we have sometimes been the butt of ill-informed jokes, the rest of the country is starting to understand just what we all know.
It has been my personal experience that the greatest asset this region is its people. Warm, caring, concerned about our future and invested in the stable growth and direction of the whole area, but most importantly concerned about each other. In these times, that is the most valuable commodity for any community and something that cannot be fabricated; you either have it or you don’t, and we have it.
I often have the pleasure of showing this region to visitors, family and friends. The common statement that I hear is, “You can feel the community here, you can tell people really care.”
This region may have been spoken of in ways that were not positive in the past but it’s time we spoke of this region in a way that we have known it to be for years.
This is the best region to live - whether it’s the bush and countryside of the west, the surf and sand of the east, or the food and forest of the Mary Valley - there is something for everyone. We have the best of everything, but most importantly we have the best people.
As we all go about our daily lives, let us do it with pride in our region. We are not the poor country cousins; we are a vibrant, caring community that is a great place to live, work and enjoy the best that life has to offer.
This region is the best region to live in. Let’s walk with pride.
Mayor Glen Hartwig