MANDALAY Road residents are worried about the environmental affects of a council dumping ground on their road which they say is expanding daily.
The site is being used to dump soil, bitumen road base, gravel and tyres and the residents say the waste is being pushed out toward the trees and nearby water.
Resident Peter Jennings said he had been watching the site for more than 12 months and believed it had been gradually expanded by about 15 metres since dumping started.
“It shouldn't be turned into a council dump,” he said.
“They have to stop this happening and pushing it over the edge.
“Initially it was going to be until they finished work on Mandalay Road.”
Of particular concern to the residents is the blue metal that has been piled up around the roots of a tree.
Residents are also worried about the possibility of run-off from the dumped material into the mangroves.
Resident Ross Plowman is concerned about how a Boab tree is going to survive with all that built up gravel.
“There is a protected species that is endangered there.”
A Whitsunday Regional Council spokeswoman said the road reserve was previously used to stock road material for the Mandalay Road works project and was now being used to stockpile road construction material for the Jubilee Pocket Road project.
“This is only a temporary arrangement and the waste road material that is stocked there will be removed from this location soon and the area will be back to normal once the road project is completed,” she said.
"When asked about the environmental concerns of the dumping site, Council said arrangements had been made to install sediment fences to “avoid possible damages to surrounding area.”
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