Third waste bin fi­nally makes the foot­path in Moama, Mathoura

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

MOAMA and Mathoura will get a third bin.

The for­mer Mur­ray Shire Coun­cil de­cided to in­tro­duce an­other bin to cater for green and or­ganic waste.

Fund­ing was re­ceived through the waste less, re­cy­cle more grant pro­gram to off­set $252,196 of the cost ($887,681).

But the process was post­poned when Wakool and Mur­ray shires amal­ga­mated and be­cause of rat­ing im­pli­ca­tions.

A mo­tion went to coun­cil re­cently, re­quest­ing coun­cil with­draw from the cur­rent grant and re­turn the ex­ist­ing fund­ing.

‘‘The in­tro­duc­tion of a third bin in Moama and Mathoura only would be in an ad hoc man­ner for the new coun­cil as a whole,’’ the re­port pre­sented to coun­cil said.

‘‘The pre­ferred op­tion would be to un­der­take and com­plete a waste man­age­ment strat­egy for the new LGA as a whole to en­sure that any change be im­ple­mented in a planned man­ner.’’

Coun­cil de­cided to go against the mo­tion and con­tinue with the pro­gram in­stead, as well as rescope waste man­age­ment strat­egy for the re­gion.

Coun­cil­lor Alan Mathers said it was time to push on with the pro­gram.

‘‘I would move our pro­posed orig­i­nal plan and push on as soon as pos­si­ble,’’ he said at the coun­cil meet­ing in Moulamein. Deputy mayor Gen Camp­bell agreed. ‘‘Let’s do it,’’ she said. Mur­ray Shire de­vel­oped its waste strat­egy in 2014 which fo­cused on meet­ing the NSW Govern­ment’s tar­gets for waste di­ver­sion.

The tar­get in­cluded do­mes­tic pu­tresci­ble waste and in­tro­duc­ing a third bin to cater for both green and or­ganic waste.

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