Tender awarded to rehabilitate former Picnic Bay landfill

Date published: 25 January 2018

Townsville City Council has awarded the tender for works to rehabilitate the land at the old Picnic Bay landfill.

Civil Plus Pty Ltd will deliver the $3.9 million project which involves restoring and covering the site to prevent erosion and other potential environmental issues.

Civil Plus is a Townsville based contractor that specialises in civil works and has delivered a number of infrastructure projects for Townsville City Council.

Division 3 Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said it was important the rehabilitation work was done properly and to a high environmental standard.

“For any project like this it’s critical that all measures have been taken to make sure that the site is safe for the community and the environment,” Cr Greaney said.

“Through the tender process, Civil Plus Pty Ltd has showed that they can deliver this project on time, on budget, and provide the Magnetic Island community with a better environmental outcome.”

Through the tender process Council was satisfied that the company’s tender met all the requirements set by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science and was in line with community and council expectations.

The landfill was closed in early 2016 after the opening of the Magnetic Island Waste Transfer Station.

The work includes permanently capping and covering the landfill to prevent seepage into waterways or nearby bushland, and preparing the site for revegetation.

Recycled water from the Magnetic Island Water Recycling Facility will be used to irrigate the new turf at the site.

Townsville Waste Manager Matt McCarthy said it was too early for any decisions to be made about the future use of the land.

“We have an obligation to monitor the site for 30 years after the capping work has been done to make sure the land has been properly rehabilitated,” he said.

The work is due to begin in early March 2018.