Waste hours reduced
Council aiming to save $520,000 a year
BUNDABERG Regional Council plans to save about $520,000 a year by reducing the opening hours of waste facilities around the region.
But Cr Danny Rowleson said the changes had not gone far enough.
He said the unit would still be running at a loss.
“This is a business unit – it should be running on business principles,” he said.
Council waste and recycling spokesman Vince Habermann said the reduction in hours at most of the council’s facilities would reduce the need for full-time landfill attendants to work an average of four hours overtime a week.
The total number of hours worked a year would reduce by 11,000 hours.
Staff would move from a seven-day-a-fortnight roster to an eight-day-a-fortnight roster with reduced hours per day.
Cr Habermann said the changes were required to deal with rising operational costs.
Waste facilities such as Qunaba, Meadowvale, Avondale, South Kolan, Tirroan and Childers would see their opening hours adjusted to match times of greatest customer demand, after usage statistics for each site were recorded over a six-month period and rigorously analysed.
The opening hours at the main waste management facility on University Dr would be 7am-5pm seven days a week.
Figures showed the waste and recycling services section made an operational loss of $1.4 million in the 2013/14 financial year.
Cr Danny Rowleson This is a business unit – it should be running on business principles.
But Cr Rowleson said the changes were just “kicking around the edges”.
“We should be taking the hard decisions,” he said.
Cr Rowleson said waste facilities were scattered around the district and it was often a lengthy drive to get to one of them.
The change will come into effect on December 1.
CHANGE: Waste facility opening hours will be adjusted to match times of greatest customer demand.