Jerilderie Shire Council says it won't implement a user pays waste depot site until it completes further consultation.July 9, 2014 3:15am
Jerilderie Shire Council has deferred the implementation of a user pays waste depot site to allow for more community consultation.
Council was hoping to introduce the fees on July 1, along with other fees for the financial year.
It was also intending to have a full-time staff member running the site as of last week.
The fee is one way council was planning to increase its revenue and meet changing waste depot requirements from the NSW Government.
Jerilderie Shire general manager Craig Moffitt, however, said council realised it did not have enough time to address community concerns before the new plan was set to take place.
Submissions on the proposal presented to a recent council meeting indicated there was still some angst in the community about the introduction of a user pays system.
‘‘There has been minimum opportunity for the community to comment on this introduction, therefore I am proposing postponement of the adoption of these new fees and charges until commencement of the manning operation,’’ Mr Moffitt said.
Further consultation meetings are proposed for August, but Mr Moffitt stressed the fee would have to eventually be implemented.
Mr Moffitt said the NSW Government is proposing to introduce a $10 per tonne levy on all waste delivered to waste depots.
It will be an additional cost placed on council, which is already struggling to meet growing costs after 25 years of low to no rate increases in the shire.
‘‘If this (NSW Government) proposal is successful, it will have a significant impact on waste disposal operations and costs within the shire,’’ Mr Moffitt said.
‘‘Costs for the community to dump waste will be consistent with other areas where tips are manned.
‘‘At the moment, people pay within their rates, however this new system is part of a state government requirement that is just around the corner.’’
Council is still aiming for the fee to be introduced this year, but will be guided by consultation.
Prices for industrial, commercial and domestic waste is expected to start at $16 per metre cubed.
White goods can be dumped for $22 per metre, with a charge of $60 to dump a car body.
Council says the average cost to dump a wheelie bin would be $8, about $30 for tandem trailer and $60 for small truck up to four metres cubed.
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