Re­cy­cling with­drawal at­tracts flak

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

An Ex­mouth-based con­ser­va­tion group has taken aim at the lo­cal gov­ern­ment over concerns it will cease par­tic­i­pa­tion in a waste and re­cy­cling project run­ning along the Gas­coyne coast.

The Waste and Re­cy­cling In­fra­struc­ture Project was funded for the shires of Ex­mouth, Carnarvon and Shark Bay in 2011 with an aim to di­vert waste from land­fill to pre­serve ca­pac­ity of ex­ist­ing sites.

At the May coun­cil meet­ing, it was de­cided to with­draw from the project and re­turn the funds.

Shark Bay and Carnarvon are staying on board.

Shire of­fi­cers com­mented that the lo­cal author­ity was not in a po­si­tion fi­nan­cially to com­mit to op­er­a­tional costs of an­other large cap­i­tal works project.

De­spite this, Shire of Ex­mouth Com­mis­sioner Ian Fletcher said the Shire re­mained com­mit­ted to re­cy­cling.

Cape Con­ser­va­tion Group spokes­woman Jac­que­line Hine said to see years of work lost would be dis­ap­point­ing.

“Vis­i­tors who come from all over the world to see Cape Range Na­tional Park and Nin­ga­loo Reef are gob­s­macked to find there’s no re­cy­cling in Ex­mouth,” she said.

“Re­cy­cling is now con­sid­ered a ba­sic ser­vice for the ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralian shires, not a lux­ury but a ne­ces­sity.

“Good work has been done in prepa­ra­tion for this, and money has been spent al­ready. To drop it now would be a shock­ing waste and a lost op­por­tu­nity.”

Mr Fletcher said the Shire would con­tinue to work with the com­mu­nity to find a so­lu­tion.

“We want to de­liver a re­cy­cling pro­gram that is so­cially, eco­nom­i­cally and en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble and is in­te­grated into our on­go­ing waste man­age­ment prac­tices,” he said. “We will con­tinue to work with the com­mu­nity to achieve this out­come.”

Mr Fletcher said he was aware of com­mu­nity de­sire to start re­cy­cling in the re­gion.

To drop it now would be a shock­ing waste. Jac­que­line Hine

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