Mildura Weekly : Friday April 29 Vol 10 No 25
NEWS 03 FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU RESIDENTS opposed to a kerb- side rubbish collection service in the Nangiloc and Colignan areas were yesterday hoping a comprehensive 35-page re- port submitted to Mildura Ru- ral City councillors earlier this week will be enough to sway them against the plan. Councillors were expected to vote on the proposal at last night’s monthly meeting after a decision on the plan was twice put on hold to allow for further consultation after opposition from residents in the affected area. Under Council’s plans a kerbside rubbish and recycling collection service would be in- troduced into Nangiloc, Colig- nan and Iraak from July 1 this year, providing 423 properties with the service. Each property owner will pay up to $340 for the service. However residents opposed to the plan say they don’t need the service and wouldn’t use it, despite being forced to pay the additional annual fee. They also say that in many cases the service is not suitable for their area. According to a report sub- mitted to Council ahead of last night’s meeting, 286 surveys were sent to Nangiloc, Colig- nan and Iraak residents to seek their feedback on the plan. Six- ty surveys were returned – a 21 percent return rate. Of those returned, 55 per- cent, or 33 residents, said they would be ‘very likely’ to use the service, while 35 percent, or 21 residents, indicated they wouldn’t use it. Residents opposed to the ser- vice say the fact that 79 percent of respondents failed to return the survey indicated a significant lack of support for the plan. Nangiloc Colignan and Dis- trict Community Association spokesperson Marion Peters said the plan was driven by a push to increase recycling rates in the area and would unfairly impact on farmers. Mrs Peters said this week that given the new waste fee would be applied to any land with a per- manent structure (vacant land won’t attract the waste charge) several farmers with numerous holdings would be forced to pay the fee up to five times each year. She said there was already a desire within the community to recycle, but a kerbside recycling service like that proposed by Council wasn’t necessarily the solution to encourage more resi- dents. “Some people in our area are recycling – so much so that they only use the tip three times a year, so they don’t need or want this service,” Mrs Peters said. “We can learn from these people, and there have been good indications at the meetings we’ve had that growers and busi- nesses want to recycle, but it has to be cost effective.” Residents have also raised concerns about which roads, such as long unsealed stretches of road, would be serviced, and how properties with long drive- ways would be managed given the distances residents would be required to move their bins for collection. In a report to councillors last night, Council said that in most instances, barring cases of inclement weather, trucks would be able to service unsealed roads, and that problem areas would be addressed on a case by case basis. In reference to concerns about long driveways, the re- port stated “...other areas of the municipality manage under the same circumstances such as along the Mallee Track and in some of the irrigated areas.” Mrs Peters said this ‘one size fits all’ approach wouldn’t neces- sarily work. “We’ve indicated on a num- ber of occasions that we need an overall waste management plan, not just something focused on one area,” she said. Mrs Peters said this and other issues were contained in the community’s report to councillors ahead of last night’s meeting. “We’re hoping all councillors read this report and understand the feelings of the community and act accordingly,” she said. 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