A working bee by neighbours was held on Saturday, December 30 to help a neighbour with health issues clean up his house and garden.
A 30 cubic metre skip was used.
Bass Coast Council was asked by the organiser John French to provide free tipping fees.
Council Coordinator of Waste Services Danni Lisle response was ‘no’.
“The waste disposal vouchers are only issued to Not For Profit organisations who provide a service to the community.”
Our mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield has also been approached. Cr Rothfield has been fantastic but ultimately unsuccessful.
Cr Rothfield’s official response is “I am disappointed that the adopted position under which Council must operate is so narrow, and feel that this needs to be looked at.”
Councils are there to serve their community and to say we’re livid with the council’s heartless attitude is an understatement. I’ve also approached the councils Hardship Officer, a well-kept secret position. The hardship it seems is only to Bass Coast Council if they don’t receive their rates and the hardship officer’s role is to get money from those struggling to pay even if a deal needs to be struck. As to the neighbour in need “try Bass Coast Health”.
The Bass Coast Council has been aware for several years about the health problems of the person in question and their only response to date has been the issuing of a warning and fine.
Cr Rothfield has said she will take this up at the next council meeting and with Bass Coast’s CEO a view not only to reimburse the fees but to see what other help can be offered to this neighbour and what long term changes can be made to Bass Coast Shire to serve their community.
Regards John French, Inverloch.