THE Inverloch Transfer Station, which was slated to be shut down by the previous Bass Coast Shire Council, is now to remain open.
The decision was made at last week’s council meeting on Wednesday with councillors voting to keep the station running at its normal operating hours.
Bass Coast Mayor Pamela Rothfield said the council reconsidered the decision of the previous council to close the facility, following calls from the community to keep the site operational.
“Keeping the Inverloch transfer station open is a result of listening to our community,” Cr Rothfield said.
“Councillors have committed to being representative of our community’s concerns and I am delighted to see this in action.”
Cr Julian Brown moved the motion, asking that the council also provides a progress update on the potential establishment of a new transfer station on Phillip Island.
Head petitioner and president of the Bass Coast Residents and Ratepayers Association, Kevin Griffin, said the decision to retain the transfer station was wise.
“Last Wednesday’s council meeting was proof of the improved governance and increased transparency that is being introduced to the administration by our new councillors,” Mr Griffin said.
“In regard to the decision to retain the Inverloch transfer station and to re-establish a transfer station on Phillip Island, I have no doubt that the local and surrounding communities will be very pleased with that decision.
“The Inverloch transfer station is a valuable community asset that has served the local area for more than 30 years.
“The decision taken by the previous council was made on ideological grounds, and without any substantive evidence of the need to close the station.
“During Wednesday’s debate councillors pointed out that significant costs had been added to Phillip Island businesses as a result of a previous decision to close the Island transfer station, and that illegal rubbish dumping had soared on the Island.
“This decision to retain the Inverloch station and re-establish the Island station is a direct result of efforts of the many hundreds of community members who made their feelings known to council.
“This is coupled with the fact that we now have a council comprised of people who understand that, as our elected representatives, their primary role is to represent the interests of the community rather than to drive their personal agendas.
“I’m confident that this council will continue to implement good governance at council in the interest of the community.”