THE Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee has welcomed a State Government commitment to clean up vast numbers of tyres, dumped in a gully near Imbil.
MRCCC chairman Ian Mackay said yesterday he and kayak tour operator Ian Harling, who first discovered tyre pollution in Yabba Creek, met with government representatives and a local contractor recently.
His only complaint was that it took so long, with the result that "hundreds, perhaps even thousands" of tyres have been swept downstream by floods.
Mr Harling first reported tyres in Yabba Creek about a year ago and a subsequent inspection showed they were washed from a state government owned property.
But both men said they looked forward to finally seeing the work underway.
"There are hundreds, perhaps even a thousand, fewer tyres than there were when we visited it last December," Mr Mackay said.
"This means they've been carried off into Yabba Creek and the Mary River, which is only five or six kilometres downstream.
"Yesterday I heard of tyres at Dagun Pocket, as the floodwaters receded and I'm interested in getting reports of where else they may have lodged.
"Unfortunately the ground is still too wet to begin the recovery operation immediately, but we're assured it will begin as soon as conditions allow."
The tyres, which are large truck and tractor tyres, will be removed from the gully and temporarily stockpiled on higher ground while a more permanent home or use is located.
Mr McKay said the government had also promised to clean up tyres washed downstream and he asked anyone finding tyres washed from the site, either in Yabba Creek or the Mary River, to please contact the MRCCC on 5482 4766.
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