Dain­tree says no to waste col­lec­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

RATEPAY­ERS and res­i­dents in the Dain­tree will stop re­ceiv­ing the gen­eral waste kerb­side col­lec­tion man­dated by coun­cil af­ter in­di­cat­ing lim­ited sup­port for the ser­vice.

Gen­eral waste col­lec­tion will cease for prop­er­ties be­tween For­est Creek Road and Em­ma­gen Creek.

Coun­cil con­sulted ratepay­ers and res­i­dents north of the Dain­tree River by a mailout sur­vey that reached 200 prop­er­ties ac­ces­si­ble for kerb­side col­lec­tion and 97 prop­er­ties not ac­ces­si­ble.

Of the prop­er­ties ac­ces­si­ble for kerb­side col­lec­tion, 5 per cent wanted kerb­side col­lec­tion, 37 per cent did not want it and 58 per cent did not re­spond.

Fol­low-up con­sul­ta­tion with the 62 prop­er­ties on Cape Tribu­la­tion Road re­turned sim­i­lar re­sults, with 8 per cent pre­fer­ring kerb­side col­lec­tion, 30 per cent against it and 62 per cent not re­spond­ing.

The res­i­dents who did re­spond were wor­ried about the vis­ual amenity of the bins and the like­li­hood of the bins be­ing knocked over by wildlife as well as in­di­cat­ing low lev­els of waste gen­er­ated and a lack of in­cen­tive to re­cy­cle.

Com­mer­cial prop­er­ties were also con­cerned with the vis­ual im­pact and in­ter­fer­ence from wildlife as well as lim­ited space.

The is­sue was a hot topic dur­ing the re­cent Dain­tree Fo­rum where it was in­di­cated to coun­cil mem­bers that the ser­vice was re­dun­dant.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said Coun­cil was keen to con­tinue dis­cus­sions with Dain­tree res­i­dents and ratepay­ers on waste is­sues.

“Coun­cil will con­duct fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions into op­tions for waste dis­posal for com­mer­cial prop­er­ties in Cape Tribu­la­tion to al­le­vi­ate pres­sure on the Cow Bay Trans­fer Sta­tion, along with meth­ods to make waste man­age­ment at the trans­fer sta­tion more sus­tain­able,” Mayor Leu said.

Pic­ture: MADI­SON WIL­LIAMS

The Moss­man com­mu­nity at the White Rib­bon Walk

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