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Residents in the Whitsundays are now able to access free mulch from the many stockpiles located across the region as a result of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the delay in releasing the mulch to the public was to ensure the mulch had reached 65 degrees over a number of days so that decontamination could take place.
“This process will ensure that any weeds that may have been present have little success of re-germination,” Mayor Willcox said.
“We’ve also been busy estimating the massive quantities of mulch at the stockpile sites to comply with eligibility for potential NDRRA funding from the State Government,” he said.
“So far we have estimated that at least 150,000 cubic metres will be produced across the region by the time we’ve finished; that’s enough to cover the oval at the Gabba to a depth of ten metres and five times what was produced after Cyclone Ului in 2010.”
In future further sites may be opened, however at this stage the free mulch is limited to the following sites:
Cannonvale, Airlie Beach and surrounds from Saturday 29 April to Friday 5 May between 7am and 4pm.
- Stockpile site at Carlo Drive (opposite the Whitsunday Regional Council Depot)- Stockpile site at Gailbrath Park Road (opposite Whitsunday Shopping Centre)
Bowen and surrounds from Saturday 29 April to Friday 5 May between 7am – 4pm.
- Kings Beach (old quarry site)
In regards to the collection of mulch residents should be aware of the following:- Council will have machinery in place to assist with loading- Residents are requested to cover their loads upon leaving the sites and refusal to do so may lead to free mulch being denied- Council will not be held liable for inconsistent mulch quality or any impact once collected by the resident.- Council asks for your patience while Council’s contractors load the vehicles in front
The stockpiles will be monitored as the community takes delivery and Council will provide updates as to whether a site will be closed or collection times extended.