In July 2022, the outcomes of an audit into NBRC operated washdown facilities were provided to Council. The audit was completed due to concerns regarding potential non-compliance of NBRC washdown facilities and the environmental risk which could be created by such non-compliance.
CEO Margot Stork explained that “the audit addressed issues of viability of the sites and the possible costs of reaching acceptable levels of compliance. The audit disclosed significant issues with the Mundubbera Washdown Facility, including the potential to create extensive biosecurity issues through seed spread in the Burnett River during rain events.”
At the Council General Meeting on Wednesday 26 April 2023, Council resolved to close the facility immediately, whilst sustainable and compliant solutions are explored. Margot Stork went further to explain that “at this stage it is unclear how long the facility will be closed for, as remedial action and alternative options are explored.
Council will continue to provide information to the community as it comes to hand.” Council currently operates three other washdown facilities at Monto, Eidsvold and Gayndah. Please visit Council’s website for further information and the locations of the alternative washdown facilities at: https://northburnett.qld.gov.au/wash-down-facilities/
“Council is working to explore options and find a solution which works for North Burnett. Any solution will need to meet the State Government compliance requirements and funding options will also need to be considered. Council will continue to provide information to the community as it comes to hand,” Margot Stork said.
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