Mount Isa City Council says they will have to spend $350,000 to bring the Camooweal Refuse Facility up to standard with the state government's Waste Levy requirements.
The announcement was made at a community forum in Camooweal on May 9, to help residents better understand the Waste Levy.
Councillor Paul Stretton said Council would not deregister the Camooweal refuse facility, but was instead considering various options for managing it before the Levy comes into effect on July 1.
At the March council meeting councillors carried the motion to close the Camooweal Refuse Facility but they were later informed by the Department of Environment and Science they were only eligible for a share of the $5 million state funding if the facility remained open.
Cr Stretton said Council was steadfast about not passing on costs associated with implementing and running the Waste Levy back to the community.
"Given the changes that will soon be coming into effect in Camooweal, such as the planned introduction of three industrial skip bins in town for general and possibly also green waste, and a new management strategy for the Camooweal refuse facility, we knew it was vital for us to speak directly to Camooweal residents beforehand and let them know the reasons why these changes are happening," he said.
"Camooweal residents can rest assured that Council are doing all that we can to strike a fine balance that will properly and adequately service the waste-disposal needs of the community while remaining cost-neutral as much as possible."
Currently, the facility is unmanned, free to enter and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The three proposed industrial skip bins will be three cubic metres, or 1000 litres, in capacity.
Similar public forums are planned to be held in Mount Isa in the coming weeks.
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