Coal ash in Wadell Rd storage facility poses 'no threat'

MAYOR Mick Curran has reassured residents there is no health risk from coal ash being stored in an industrial shed on Waddell Rd, on the northern outskirts of Gympie.

The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) is investigating claims that storing the waste in Gympie is illegal because it breaches Coal Reuse's environmental approvals.

The company has denied the allegations and said the ash is in a safe form.


Gympie in toxic ash probe

Toxic ash being 'illegally stored' in Gympie, Brisbane

Mayor Mick Curran didn't know how long the material had been stored in Gympie, but said EHP had briefed the council on Tuesday afternoon.

"There's no threat to personal health or certainly any environmental issues," Cr Curran said.

"It was obviously a concern when we first heard about it, but obviously after the briefing with the Department of Environment and Heritage, we've certainly had any fears allayed as to the toxicity and any dangers that it may have caused people."

He said the ash was intended to be used for making paint.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service public health physician Dr Andrew Langley said the current storage conditions presented no risk to the public.

Coal Reuse, if found guilty of the breaches, could face fines totalling $7.5 million.

Topics:  council gympie gympie regional council

Gympie Times

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Big problem with new pension pay rise

Retirees receive a slight pension boost from this month.

Pensioners will receive an extra $13.20 a fortnight from this month

Donations flood into storm ravaged regions

Amanda Lindh at Murwillumbah Community Centre. Thanks to News Corp, Givit and the Red Cross, the centre will soon be re-opening its food pantry. The pantry was destroyed by flooding in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.

12 months later, Cyclone Debbie's impact still felt

Debbie the second most costly cyclone in Australia's history

The Insurance Council of Australia says the cost of Debbie's damage is second only to Cyclone Tracy which devastated Darwin in December, 1974.

$1.71 billion to fix damage from Townsville to Lismore

Local Partners