Tip trashed

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Tip trashed

 

INVERLOCH was dealt a crushing blow after Bass Coast Shire Council voted to shut down the Inverloch tip at its meeting last Wednesday night.

The closure of the tip will come into effect in September, 2017, and will mean the land will be rehabilitated into a reserve.

However, Inverloch residents will lose a well used asset and will have to travel to Wonthaggi to dump their rubbish.

To ease the pain, deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew added plans to upgrade to the Wonthaggi transfer station to his motion, but it was not enough to appease furious residents – particularly with council elections just two months away.

“The decision to close the Inverloch transfer station is just one more deplorable decision delivered by councillors against the Bass Coast community,” president of the newly formed Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association Kevin Griffin said.

“I’m confident this decision will spur the community to action to have the decision reversed by a new incoming council after the forthcoming election.

In a six to one vote in favour of the closure, only Cr Clare Le Serve stood against her fellow councillors, believing there wasn’t enough evidence presented to justify the decision.

However, other councillors felt the voices heard at the two community workshops held in July did not represent the community as a whole.

“The transfer station is out of step with our values. We are lucky as a town to have our natural assets. We were given a mandate to review our services and the environment is our legacy. I don’t want to be looked at as a council that other councils needed to clean up,” mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said.

“A vote against the closure is to keep it as a dump and not as a natural asset. A vote against is to be persuaded by loud voices who do not represent the whole community.”

Cr Andrew Phillips also felt there was strong support behind council’s decision to close the transfer station.

“If we had a transfer station in Cowes, would we want one in Newhaven? I don’t think we would and it’s the same difference between Inverloch and Wonthaggi,” he said.

“We’ve had several letters and emails in support of closing the transfer station, so it’s not as simple as it seems. When you close a service, people will be upset, but we have to think about the whole shire, not just Inverloch.”

Cr Drew said the decision was not made lightly, but it was an effort to ensure Bass Coast remains a low rating shire.

“We understand there will be some angst but there is a change coming to waste and the long term benefits will outweigh the short term pain,” he said.

The coming change is the introduction of a green organic waste bin to be collected weekly in effort to cut down the amount of food scraps and organic kitchen waste going to landfill.

Although the decision was handed down almost unanimously, Mr Griffin said he will continue to fight for the people of Inverloch.

“This decision flies in the face of the wishes of a clearly demonstrated majority of the community,” he said.

“I can assure the people of Bass Coast that their new Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association will work alongside the community to ensure that every endeavour is made to have this appalling decision reversed.”

 

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