Wanneroo Times

City goes solo on bins

- Tyler Brown

MORE bins will be provided in Yellagonga Regional Park to stop littering and dumping of dog waste bags.

It follows a 55-signature petition to the City of Joondalup requesting “adequate bin facilities”, particular­ly at Streeton Promenade, Timberland Drive and the Beenyup Swamp boardwalk off Woodvale Drive.

But because most of the park is managed by the Department of Biodiversi­ty, Conservati­on and Attraction­s, the State is responsibl­e for providing bins.

The City does have 21 bins and eight dog waste bag dispensers installed at its parcels of land, including Neil Hawkins, Picnic Cove and McCubbin parks, and at access points on City road reserves including Hocking Road, Woodlake Retreat and Lakeside Drive.

But the department has only one bin installed on the Wanneroo side of the park.

The City has offered to provide more bins on the department’s behalf at $1180 per bin in the first year and $680 per bin each year after but has not heard back.

City officers recommende­d the City provide bins subject to the department agreeing to reimburse.

But Cr Christophe­r May moved an alternativ­e motion for the City to provide the bins at key entry and exit points within its boundaries regardless of the department’s response, but to still seek reimbursem­ent.

He also asked the CEO liaise with the City of Wanneroo to provide a similar service in its boundaries.

Cr John Chester said the department was “significan­tly under-resourced”, with only two staff members for Yellagonga and Herdsman parks — which was why its preference was for people to bring their own bags and take waste home.

He said it would be “quite a gamble” hoping the department would reimburse the cost. The alternativ­e motion was passed 9-4.

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