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Qld Govt to consider a Waste Levy

File Waste Levy Qld Govt proposal newsletter item April 2018

The Advocacy Committee - Qld Govt to consider a Waste Levy

The 2018 matter of a Waste Levy was first mentioned at a public meeting in Ipswich, on Tuesday night 13th March 2018.  This where the issue of truckloads of interstate rubbish coming to Ipswich to avoid payments of waste levies in other states.

Recycling waste from NSW has been ending up in Queensland landfill.

As soon as The Chamber heard about a Waste Levy proposal, we emailed both our Qld Govt MP’s covering most of The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce catchment, they are Tim Mander MP for Everton and Minister Mark Furner MP for Ferny Grove, seeking information, as this matter is a Qld Govt decision, not any other level.  

  • Tim Mander MP advised by Email dated 15/3/18 he opposes a new Levy.  

  • Mark Furner MP (who is a Palaszczuk Government Minister) advised by letter dated 29/3/2018.  A condensed version of its reply is underlined below.

“The Palaszczuk Government has announced this strategy to stop Queensland from being the dumping ground for interstate waste.   We are presently developing a comprehensive waste and recycling strategy which will address incoming interstate waste and set the direction for sustainable waste management in Qld.   We have recognised a problem and will work to get a levy that works for Qld. This announcement follows the findings & recommendations into the transfer of interstate waste into Qld, led by Justice Peter Lyons QC.”  

As a Waste Levy is still being considered by the Palaszczuk Qld Govt the Advocacy committee aim to keep a watchful eye on this matter as more comes known and report back to the Chamber when possible from time to time.

For any further information contact Brian Battersby via Email   

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