THE TOONS’ VIEWS
I would like to express my concerns about the introduction of the new garbage collection service.
“I don’t want it, I don’t need it and I will not store it on my property.”
Strong words indeed, however I believe they reflect the opinions of a majority of Dubbo Regional residents. The following are my thoughts on these problems
(1) I object strongly to the consideration of council to reduce our regular household garbage service to fortnightly.
Has any thought been given to Dubbo region’s extreme summertime heat? The contents of the bins will be extremely smelly after sitting in a plastic bin in 40-degree-plus heat for two weeks. People caring for babies and the infirm will describe this to you if you don’t already know the problem.
It is insulting to think that if you either occasionally, or permanently, have this particular problem that you would need to arrange ‘special’ services of garbage collection. Families right across our region will tell you of the horrors of the bin during the high use and high temperature periods of Christmas and New Year.
(2) The great unknown here is the part of this new system which is widely referred to as the ‘third bin’. There are many inexpensive composting systems available for residents, and I can tell you that a lot of residents already compost their own. So has any consideration been given to:
z The amount of residents who do not understand how the proposed Council composting will work.
z The discontent of the residents in finding out this system was signed off by an unelected administrator during the period when we had no Councillors representing our rights.
z Residents who are home-composting already for use on their own gardens and those that would do so if encouraged.
z What about the people who just will not compost? Are we looking at penalties?
z Those people who can’t afford the extra cost, including tenants whose rent will reflect the added cost to the ratepayer.
z The ongoing cost of the system to the ratepayers.
z Who will own the end product of the system?
z Who will use the end product of the system?
z What exactly will the end product be, and will we have an assured market for this end product? Thoughts come to mind of reading of trucks from NSW hauling waste to dump in Queensland.
z Will this be a viable system that will suit our region in the future?
z Are there any businesses, or individuals, that will be gaining an advantage by the introduction of this system?
It is my belief that the people of this region are being forced into cooperating with this system without having access to adequate and correct information on how it actually works, from start to finish.
The actions of an ‘administrator’ during a ‘care-taker’ phase of Council is not what is expected from Dubbo Regional Council. We are a community of people who were accustomed to democratic decisions made on our behalf. The shock of something just brought in when no one was watching is naturally worrying.
Please read this carefully as these are legitimate concerns of our residents. Ron Batten,
Dubbo Dear Editor
The River Street bridge option must be stopped. The NSW Government can’t be allowed to waste $140 million on this insane farce. If there were prizes for the most ineffective and counterproductive piece of infrastructure foisted on a community, this vindictive concept must take the cake.
This decision by the NSW Government and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) shows the contempt they have for regional Australia.
This isn’t just a bad decision, it’s people in power in Sydney mocking us. They want to spend $140 million of taxpayer money to cripple our city’s functional capacity and retard its future growth.
The River Street plan does nothing to get the trucks off Whylandra Street. It will still have trucks zigzagging all over town during floods and will do little to improve local traffic flows.
River Street has to be stopped and the money put into a ringroad to the west with a high-level bridge at Troy.
A low-level bridge at Tamworth Street with a vehicle weight and size limit will mitigate local east-west traffic congestion. The Tamworth Street bridge must be contingent on South Dubbo never being rezoned R1.
Orange City has shown the civic and commercial success of having a ring-road around the town. The area immediately around Orange’s bypass is a commercial and residential goliath while the city’s main street has regained its traffic-free vibrancy and country town charm.
We need Dubbo Regional Council to take the lead on this in the short term with a delegation of councillors meeting with the Premier to present the case for the ring-road instead of River Street. Followed by Council facilitating the collection of a 10,000-signature petition to present to the NSW Parliament demonstrating the community’s opposition to River Street and support of a ring-road. Steve Hodder,