A Townsville owned company has won the tender to construct the $8 million Magnetic Island Waste Transfer Station in a boost for local jobs.
Townsville City Council today awarded a construction contract of $4.836 million for the project to Mendi Constructions Pty Ltd.
The council today also gave planning approval for the facility to proceed on the proposed site on industrial land adjacent to the Water Recycling Facility on West Point Road.
Townsville mayor Cr Jenny Hill said the awarding of the construction tender to a local company was supporting the local economy and employment opportunities.
“The council is one of the biggest players in the city’s economy and it’s important that we support local companies wherever we can,” Cr Hill said.
“Mendi is a large local company that has a strong reputation in the construction industry and it’s very good news that they will be the principal contractor on a valuable project for the island community.”
Townsville Water and Waste Committee chairman Cr Ray Gartrell said construction of the facility was on track to start by the end of the year.
“The waste transfer station will play a crucial role in the future management of the island’s waste so today’s decision is good news for local residents,” Cr Gartrell said.
“Council has put the proposal through a rigorous planning process and ensured appropriate conditions are in place to manage any potential impacts.
“The project site, beside the existing sewerage treatment facility, is the best available location, is well away from built up areas, and was selected following extensive community engagement.
“It also makes good use of land that includes an area which has been used as an illegal dumping ground for old cars and green waste over the years.”
The overall project will include widening a section of West Point Road, reconfiguring the intersection of Hurst and Yule streets, a gatehouse, a 450sq metre building that houses the drop off facility, resource recovery and buy-back areas, a green waste collection area, security fencing, car parking and vehicle access points.
The transfer station is expected to be completed and opened for operation late next year and will be used in the future transportation of waste to the mainland once the Picnic Bay landfill is full.
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