CONTROVERSIAL plans to massively expand an Ipswich dump have been put on hold and its opponents want to stop it for good.

Transpacific (TPI) has applied to increase the capacity of the dump at New Chum from 50,000 to 1.9 million tonnes a year.

Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood said the application had passed from the State Government to the Council but this week that process was shelved.

“Transpacific notified us yesterday that they have put it on hold for three months while they hold negotiations with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP),” Cr Attwood said yesterday. “The State Government has sent to council a list of conditions that, if we approve it, we have to include in the approval.”

EHP executive director Andrew Connor said the department requested further information from Transpacific to complete its assessment. It was due back to the department by September 24.

“Ipswich City Council is the assessment manager and will make the final decision on the application,” Mr Connor said.