Waste hours re­duced

Coun­cil aim­ing to save $520,000 a year

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MIKE DERRY

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.

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