Opinion

WE SAY: Delivering roads and rubbish

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.
The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system. Patrick Woods

SUNSHINE Coast Council is going all out to deliver on the opportunity presented through its greenfield CBD emerging from the former Horton Park Golf Club in Maroochydore.

The announcement yesterday that the 53ha development would be serviced by a state-of-the-art $21million vacuum-powered rubbish collection system using a 6.5km network of pipes speaks of a future many would struggle to imagine but to which this community is now committed.

The $21million cost, Mayor Mark Jamieson says, will be covered by the increased value of the land it will service - something only time will test.

The first of its scale to be constructed in Australia, the infrastructure move is bold and may help market the development lots as being on point and the new CBD as cutting edge.

Apparently yesterday's announcement was made by the mayor and not SunCentral's CEO John Knaggs because the council is the region's waste management authority and service provider.

The contract to design and deliver the automated waste collection system has been signed between the council and Swedish company Envac.

They raise questions as to the benefit ratepayers will receive in return for financing a new technology when most would settle for the kerbside collection they've been told the council can't afford.

An earlier version had referred to the council as the development approval body. The Daily has been advised Economic Development Queensland is the development approval body responsible for the CBD. We apologise for the error.

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