The Wheelie Bin Saga is now over.
The Bass Coast Shire Council is not able to sell the old wheelie bins because the 10 year waste contract apparently gives the bins to the waste collection contractor to enable them to be recycled into garden furniture.
This calls in to question the details of the waste contract.
The decision to push this forward for a decision at the last meeting of the previous council was made by the CEO and executive.
It is obvious that this was put on the agenda for the final meeting of the previous council because after four years councillors were following all the directives of the CEO.
Leaving this decision for the incoming council would have meant considerable delays and may have even been rejected.
It is also worrying that our present councillors have no knowledge of the details of the 10 year waste contract.
The waste management contract has been criticised by probably the majority of ratepayers and part of the contract was the three new bins for 25,000 households.
Why did the CEO and his executive not realise that the old bins could be sold at $50 each realising $2.5 million, even with Bass Coast Shire Council stamped on some of the bins.
Even if they only sold for $20 each it would increase revenue by $1 million.
Our Mayor’s message of about three weeks ago stated that advice from the executive was that the bins could not be sold to industry as they were not suitable and it would not be safe.
Please examine the photos which were taken this week on a large building site. All the bins given away to our waste contractor look like new when compared to those currently in use.
The information given to the mayor was wrong, which in itself is a worry.
Did the executive have any accurate knowledge before advising the mayor?
It seems that the CEO and his executive have let down the ratepayers, who pay their exorbitant salaries by not maximising revenue.
I wonder if our waste contractor will recycle the bins into garden furniture or take the opportunity to sell them (a potential $2.5 million).
The incorrect advice to councillors recommending closure of the Inverloch Transfer Station and now the debacle of the Waste Management Contract rushed through at the last meeting of the previous council is not satisfactory.
The CEO’s contract ends, I believe, in February 2019.
This contract should be advertised on the open market and not automatically renewed as has happened in the past.
Councillors should be able to choose the best candidate at possibly a lower salary than $340,000 per annum currently.
John Swarbrick, member, Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association.