More calls to reopen Kincumber Tip

Elaine Rae of ACE Clear Out Services

With a report on the future of the Kincumber Waste Management Facility set to come back to councillors before the end of the year, another Central Coast business owner has made a plea for the landfill to be reopened.

Elaine Rae of ACE Clear Out Services said her business helps clients to clear out the contents of their properties ready for sale.

These can include deceased estates or simply families wanting to downsize, she said.

“We utilise the landfills with every job we do and endeavour to save clients on fees wherever possible,” Rae said.

“There are three large retirement villages in Kincumber and Davistown alone that we clear out on a regular basis.

“To have to travel to Woy Woy landfill each time can add many extra hours to the job in travel time, when Kincumber landfill is a few minutes away and sitting there empty.”

Rae said she had worked in the gatehouse at both landfill sites for seven years before starting her business five years ago.

“Both places were very busy,” she said.

“To have only one place open would be a nightmare for the operators, and the staff in the landfill area who have to keep the areas safe whilst rubbish is being dumped all day.

“It is a disaster waiting to happen.

“Buttonderry landfill is run much differently to Woy Woy landfill with trucks tipping directly into a separate area well away from residential cars.

“To say that Wyong residents have only one tip, why can’t Gosford; (Buttonderry) is obviously a much larger landfill with easier tipping facilities.

“Councillors really should reconsider their thoughts on closing Kincumber landfill for the benefit of (the) Gosford region.

The Kincumber facility was closed in March in response to COVID-19 restrictions and underwent a maintenance program.

It has remained closed ever since with councillors soon to decide its fate, which could include permanent closure.

Several residents and businesses have voiced their support of reopening the tip, with many advocating the inclusion of a used goods recycling centre, similar to the Junkastic Park operation which operated on the site for some years in the 1990s.

Terry Collins