Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : July 27, 2016 Contents BASS Coast Shire Council has awarded $66
million plus contracts for the Shire’s Waste
Collection Service and Waste Facility Manage-
ment and Operation Services over the next 10
years, at an in camera session, after the gallery
had left the chamber following last week’s shire
The decision on waste management for the
next 10 years was made behind closed doors,
in the face of strong calls from members of
the community that it should be made by the
new council after the October election; as it is
the new council which will be charged with its
The contracts do not come into operation un-
til September 2017.
The announcement last Thursday took the
community by surprise, as council had previ-
ously informed ratepayers that the contracts
would be awarded at the August council meet-
ing (the last meeting before the election care-
taker period kicked in).
The Council’s Waste Management Strategy
for 2015-25, adopted by councillors last Sep-
tember, identified as a key priority the estab-
lishment of a transfer station on Phillip Island,
similar to the facility provided in Wonthaggi.
However, this has not been addressed, in
spite of the rhetoric of councillors and officers
at the time. The strategy was adopted.
A requirement to establish a transfer station
on Phillip Island was in fact included in the ten-
der documents, but the contract has proceeded
minus this stipulation.
The Waste Strategy was prepared by consul-
tants at a cost of $60,000, with the expressed
purpose of forming the basis of the development
of the council’s 10 year waste facility and opera-
tion management services tender documents.
The strategy also noted the lack of equity
across the shire in the delivery of waste ser-
vices, through the large discrepancy between
the reduced hours offered at the limited Cowes
Recycling Centre, compared to the seven days
a week on offer at Grantville and Wonthaggi.
It identified the provision of a hard waste col-
lection as a key issue for ratepayers, and this is
another priority ignored.
In addition to no plans for the establishment
of a Phillip Island Transfer station, in spite of
years of rhetoric and lip service from council-
lors and council officers of this need, there are
also no plans for the reintroduction of an an-
nual hard waste collection.
And council has advised it has no plans to
extend the hours of operation of the Cowes Re-
cycling Centre in Dunsmore Road, on an equi-
table basis with the hours offered at Wonthaggi
Cowes will remain closed three days a week,
opening from 10.30am to 3.30pm, compared to
the Wonthaggi and Grantville transfer station’s
seven day a week service, between 8.30am and
Three bin service
Under the new arrangements, a three bin ser-
vice for householders will be established.
The current weekly general rubbish collec-
tion will be replaced by a 120 litre fortnightly
residual waste (garbage) collection.
A 240 litre kitchen food and garden organics
(green waste) collection (including kitchen cad-
dy) will be introduced, and will operate weekly,
and a 240 litre fortnightly recycling collection
will continue to operate.
There will be an additional annual cost to
ratepayers of $51 for the service; and there will
not be an opportunity to opt out for those who
already compost, or who do not generate gar-
A new innovation will see a resale shop estab-
lished at the Wonthaggi transfer station.
Current provider to continue
Current service provider and local business,
Wonthaggi Recyclers, was awarded the contract
for waste services (kerbside collection, litter
bins and hard waste collection) and operation
of the council’s transfer stations at Wonthaggi
Ace Environmental was awarded the contract
for the operation of the council’s Grantville
landfill and transfer station.
Both contracts have a combined value of ap-
proximately $6.6 million per year for a 10 year
According to council, the reason the decision
was made behind closed doors was due to con-
fidentiality around contractual matters.
That statement has been fiercely challenged
by community members (see inside pages) on
the basis that the community has been denied
access to council deliberations on the intro-
duction of a new rubbish system that will affect
“Contractual and financial details could eas-
ily have been excluded from the public gaze
while such a discussion took place,” critics
state, and the community is entitled to hear the
views of each councillor during debate.
In a press release issued by council last
Thursday, it was stated that the volume of waste
in the general garbage bin for most households
is expected to be reduced by up to 72 per cent,
and would not include perishable food waste,
therefore not omitting odour.
“The organics and green waste bin will also
be of use to households who already compost
their own food scraps, as items that can’t be
composted can be disposed of in the organics
bin, such as bread, meat products (including
seafood and bones), dairy products, and tis-
sues and paper towels,” the release read.
“For residents concerned about nappies be-
ing collected in waste bins fortnightly, odours
can be omitted by wrapping a nappy in itself
and placing it in a biodegradable bag before
disposing of it.”
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