In a recent article published by The Queensland Times, Wanless’s commitment to working through community concerns about its proposed Wanless Recycling Park facility in Ebenezer came under scrutiny.
The council has received 60 submissions, however CEO Dean Wanless said the proposed project would be a “significant investment” in Ipswich, if approval is granted.
“It will set an entirely new benchmark in waste management, so residents and neighbouring businesses must have their say,” he said.
“Wanless is logically and carefully working through the issues raised in the submissions, and we expect to address all the concerns and have a response to council in the next month.
“Some of the concerns, such as ones related to the engineering design or specific environmental assessments, require additional investigations and input from specialist teams working with us on the proposed development.
“This may take additional time, but we want to ensure we’re providing accurate and detailed information.”
It is estimated about 300 jobs will be created to construct the facility on Coopers Rd in Ebenezer on a former mining site.
“Our vision is to transform this old vacant, derelict mining site into a productive precinct that generates employment and training opportunities for the local community,” he said.
“Our focus is on resource recovery and recycling. Our investment in the site will lead to employment, training and other positive impacts that come from setting up an innovative recycling and resource recovery precinct.
“One of our genuine hopes is that by introducing this model to the Ipswich community, we raise the standards of governance, compliance and world’s best practice in waste management services.”