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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
26 May 2006
Norfolk Island’s reputation as a green paradise will get a heavy-duty boost when a green waste machine arrives from Melbourne next month, the Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Ian Campbell, said today.
The TELCOR 5000 tub grinder – which is 10 metres long, 3.8 metres high and weighs in at 13 tonnes – left Melbourne today for a four-day road trip to Cairns, from where it will be loaded onto a barge headed to Norfolk Island.
Painted in the Norfolk Island flag’s colours, the machine will travel up the Hume Highway to the Newell Highway before heading past Brisbane to North Queensland.
Manufactured by TELCOR in Moorabbin, the massive diesel-powered machine chomps through green waste up to 40cm in diameter, and is capable of churning out 40 metres of mulch an hour.
Senator Campbell said the machine, funded under the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust, would process all of Norfolk Island’s green waste, turning it into mulch, which would be converted into valuable compost.
“Norfolk Island has more than 40 species of plants listed as endangered under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act,” Senator Campbell said.
“Much of the compost produced will be used to assist in the rehabilitation of the island’s natural areas and habitat.”
Norfolk Island Minister for the Environment, Stephanie Jack, said the machine would be a significant benefit to the island.
“This system will have significant environmental benefits. Green waste won’t need to be burned and the quantity of builder’s waster that is currently burnt, with the ashes dumped at sea, will be minimised,” Ms Jack said.
“The mulch and compost will be available for sale, so Islanders won’t have to import fertilisers from the mainland for their gardens and farming lands.
The mulch would also be invaluable in helping the Islanders in their fight against weeds, including African olive trees, she said.
For more information on the Natural Heritage Trust visit www.nht.gov.au
Marianne McCabe 02 6277 7640 or 0400 389 580