Change coming for tip users in former Wellington Council area
A hot topic
for anyone who has to take their rubbish to a waste transfer system around the
Dubbo Region is the plan to restrict the opening hours of a number of tips in
the coming months.
have come because of a rise in the dumping of deadly asbestos at unmanned tips
across the state.
are understandably concerned and even angry about the change, because instead
of being able to take their rubbish to the tip at any time of day that suits
them, they will only have two or three-hour window twice a week.
important to note than no facilities have been locked yet. Council is currently
in the process of putting fencing around the perimeter and making the sites
secure. Until that is completed, the limitations won’t be imposed.
I want to
be very clear on this. Council has been forced into this decision and it takes
no pleasure in having to implement it.
It has come
about because of a rise of illegal dumping of asbestos around NSW, even in our
own region, at Elong Elong. It has caused the NSW Government to put pressure on
Councils to implement more stringent supervision of all tips.
Government been made it quite clear their recommendations have to be followed.
It previously threatened to suspend Blue Mountains Council over its handling of
short-term, Council’s only real option is to man the stations during opening
hours. This is a costly process and with eight Small Waste Facilities around
the region, the only option was limited supervised hours on certain days.
be inconvenient for residents, and unfortunately it has come about through no
fault of their own. It is strongly suspected those who have conducted the
dumping of asbestos are likely to have come from other towns and cities,
choosing to dump illegally to avoid paying disposal costs.
Council has no choice but to comply with the Government’s orders.
I have been
swamped by people who say the hours are unsuitable and don’t fit in with their
work or other commitments. I completely understand this.
I see this
as a very short-term measure that has to be fixed as soon as we possibly can. I
believe the best possible option will be for eligible residents to have an
access key to their closest facility letting them in.
currently investigating this and I hope we will be able to implement a solution
in the near future.
proposed times for facilities at Geurie, Stuart Town, Mumbil and Euchareena
once the new policy is introduced.
residents can drop their waste off on Tuesdays between 8.30am-10.30am, while on
Saturday the facility is open between 2-4pm.
centre at Geurie will be open for between 1-4pm on Thursdays and between 10am
and 4pm on Sundays.
Town the new transfer station would be open on Sundays and Wednesdays between
will have their new transfer station open between 10am and 12pm on Sundays and
will notify residents before the facilities are locked and opening hours
Last Edited: 28 Mar 2019