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Why Barter Street in Gympie's CBD is rubbish
One of Gympie’s oldest residential streets is rubbish, thanks to a new form of environmentally friendly and sustainable asphalt made from recycled plastics, rubber and glass.
According to Deputy Mayor Bob Leitch, Barter Street in Gympie’s CBD, is the first road in the region to have been laid using the recycled road surface.
“This is a step in the right direction for our region,” Cr Leitch said.
“Our impact on the environment is always at the forefront of Council’s mind and by utilising this recycled road surface, we are making sure our environmental responsibility is fulfilled.
“The materials this road surface is made from, such as printer toner cartridges and tyre rubber, would have otherwise ended up in landfill,” Cr Leitch said.
Unlike traditional road surfaces, the recycled asphalt is held together with a modified binder made from crumb rubber, soft plastics, old printer cartridges and glass.
A kilometre of road can contain up to 500,000 plastic bags and packaging equivalents, 165,000 glass bottle equivalents and toner from 12,000 printer cartridges.
The recycled asphalt is also more cost effective. For example, with Barter Street, quotes to use the modified product came in $40,000 cheaper than traditional asphalt products. Furthermore, the recycled material has been rigorously tested and proven to provide superior properties than the traditional material typically used for these works.
“While Council have a responsibility to the environment, we also have a responsibility to our residents,” Cr Leitch said.
“If we can use a product that is cheaper, environmentally friendly and of the same if not higher quality than traditional products, we need to make serious efforts to do so.
“My understanding is council staff are making plans to use this material on industrial roads around our region in the near future,” Cr Leitch said.
The Barter Street project also included footpath and residential driveway works, as well as the planting of new trees.
The total project budget was $438,000 with the Australian Government contributing $81,802 from the Roads to Recovery fund.
The old saying that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ was particularly true again at the federal level this week. Those issues aside, the Gympie region, like all others across the state, is gearing up for our local elections.
These elections give the wider community the opportunity and democratic right to select the candidate that they wish to have a leadership role in the management of their community for the next four years.
I would urge all residents to do their research on all candidates and get to know who they will be casting their vote for as the election date of 28 March fast approaches.
I would also urge residents to heed another old saying; ‘actions speak louder than words’.
Representing your constituents and the wider community as a duly elected councillor, in my opinion, is one of the greatest honours that could be bestowed upon an individual, however it is certainly not a popularity contest and nor should it be.
Difficult decisions need to be made which will draw the ire of some while benefitting the majority. You will be subjected to much more scrutiny and gossip than your family and friends will ever be.
You will be required to adhere to stringent laws, policies and procedures which you may not have been required to previously. But on the upside, you will represent your community and have a say and a role in delivering community services, projects and infrastructure for the benefit of the wider community and the region.
Current councillors, over this term of council, should be proud of their contributions.
I wish each and every resident who nominates to lead this community at the forth coming elections, all the very best.
Mayor Mick Curran