THE Supreme Court has dismissed calls for a review into the Queensland Government’s decision to call-in the Wanless Recycling Park development application.
In September 2021, council rejected part of the Wanless application for a new landfill at Ebenezer, while supporting a proposed transfer and resource recovery facility.
The Supreme Court’s ruling was in response to applications seeking a statutory order for a review of the Deputy Premier’s decision to call-in this application in February 2022.
Mayor Teresa Harding said the court’s decision was extremely disappointing and now clears the way for the Qld Govt to assess the application and potentially approve another landfill for Ipswich.
“Unfortunately, council had already made its decision on this application and refused the establishment of a new landfill for Ipswich. The Deputy Premier’s decision to call-in the application overrules council’s decision.
“Council will continue to fight on behalf of the Ipswich community. The Deputy Premier will need to consider the opposition to this proposal, and the frustration our community is feeling, in his assessment,” she said.
“The State has made a conscious decision to take the decision-making power for the Wanless proposal out of the hands of council. Mayor Harding said council and its ratepayers would again be penalised by waste companies fighting matters in the courts.
“The Queensland Government cannot continue to promote significant residential growth in Ipswich, while also continuing to consider dumping more landfill on us,” the mayor said.