DOMINIC Doblo vowed yesterday to sort out the festering threat posed by Mount Morgan's "ticking time bomb".
The mayoral candidate said the top priority of a council he lead would be to empty the 11,000 megalitres of toxic water in the old goldmine's open-cut.
And once it was empty, he'd like to fill it again with the region's rubbish.
"There's a perfect opportunity here to kill two birds with one stone," said Mr Doblo.
"I'm calling on all the state election candidates for Rockhampton, Keppel and Mirani to show some guts and pledge to sort out the open-cut before there is a catastrophe.
"All we need is one big downpour and the poison could spill down the River Dee into the Fitzroy catchment.
"There are leaks in the dam wall and if it gives way, the drinking supply for half a million people will be destroyed.
"We can't allow this neglect to continue any longer."
He said the existing water treatment plant was cleaning just 700 megalitres a year.
"At that rate, the problem will be with us forever...until there's a disaster," he said.
Mr Doblo said it was clear the existing council had failed overwhelmingly to find a suitable site for a new regional landfill.
"If you look at the projected costs to develop a new dump, it makes a great deal of sense to investigate the possibility of using the open-cut once it is empty."
If it wasn't technically feasible to dump rubbish at the mine site, he said, he would ensure an alternative site was found.
"But we need a strongly led, unified council prepared to work with state and federal members to tackle the most difficult problems."
He said the council had neglected the needs of Mt Morgan.
"My policies would restore community pride and spirit.
"I would aim to win the Tidy Towns contest within a couple of years and untap the natural history and heritage to make the town into a livable Sovereign Hill."
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