Plea for re­cy­cling ser­vice

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

More than 600 Ex­mouth res­i­dents have signed a pe­ti­tion urg­ing the Shire of Ex­mouth to push ahead with bring­ing a re­cy­cling ser­vice to the re­gion.

Last month the Shire announced it would with­draw from the Gas­coyne Waste Man­age­ment and In­fras­truc­ture Project be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient fi­nances to com­mit to on­go­ing op­er­a­tional costs.

Shire of Ex­mouth chief ex­ec­u­tive Cameron Woods re­ceived the pe­ti­tion with the sig­na­tures of 618 res­i­dents on Tues­day, June 6.

Cape Con­ser­va­tion Group pres­i­dent Denise Fitch said the com­mu­nity con­sen­sus on re­cy­cling was over­whelm­ing.

“The Shire’s catch-cry of in­suf­fi­cient funds looks puz­zling,” she said.

“We are al­ready 17 years into the 21st cen­tury and we’re get­ting the kind of ser­vice that other coun­cils were de­liv­er­ing in the last cen­tury.

“If ever a Shire should be lis­ten­ing, and ea­ger to look at best prac­tice, it’s in Ex­mouth right now.”

Ms Fitch said the com­mu­nity was tired of wait­ing for a re­cy­cling ser­vice.

Mr Woods wel­comed the pe­ti­tion, and called on the com­mu­nity to con­tinue to en­gage in con­ver­sa­tions about waste man­age­ment.

“We are tak­ing a re­spon­si­ble ap­proach and en­sur­ing that any re­cy­cling pro­gram im­ple­mented is fully costed and funded and meets the needs of the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

“As well as the com­mu­nity de­sire for re­cy­cling, there is a very real need to con­sider Ex­mouth’s long-term waste man­age­ment strat­egy, in­clud­ing plan­ning for a new waste dis­posal site, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the cur­rent tip site and pri­or­ity waste streams.

“They all need to be dis­cussed in the con­text of the Shire bud­get and the strate­gic com­mu­nity plan­ning to en­sure we de­liver the best en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­nom­i­cally sus­tain­able so­lu­tion to waste man­age­ment.”

Mr Woods said re­cy­cling was still on the Shire’s agenda.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Ex­mouth town cen­tre.

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