Redland City Council has responded to the State Government’s Waste Directions Paper with a submission that calls for more detail before it gives it full support.
Council says it wants an assurance that the plans will have no impacts on Redland Households.
Mayor Karen Williams says while Council supported the key principles of the new State Government strategy – underpinned by a waste disposal levy – the lack of detail bothers her.
“It is hard to tell how the State Government can meet its commitment for no direct cost to households when they have only considered red-lidded household bins under their ill-defined definition of municipal solid waste (MSW).”
“I am very mindful of modern cost of living pressures and Council carefully considers each budget to achieve an efficient position without loss of service or community satisfaction.”
Under the terms laid out in the State paper, Councils would get 105 % advance payment to offset the additional levy costs on municipal solid waste but red-lidded wheelie bins only account for 75 % MSW.
The Mayor says it’s the rest of the rubbish that’s the concern.
“The other 25 % is made up of household waste that residents take to waste transfer stations (self-haul waste). Councils are also seeking clarity on public litter bins and bulk bins from domestic multiple dwellings.”
“Ratepayers could end up footing the bill for any of these categories, and Council understands that the inclusion of self-haul waste is not certain.”
Mayor Williams says the paper also lacks assurance to local government that these advance payments will continue, with a lack of transparency in the State budgets papers beyond 2018/2019.
Council also wants to see the commencement delayed until 1 July 2019 to give Council time to plan for essential things like staffing, infrastructure, IT and finance systems, procedure reviews and communications.
With Council budget parameters for consideration by Council on 25 June 2018 for the next financial year it’s not possible to reset the utility charges.
This in turn could mean under the current State plan, an increase to Council expenses without any opportunity for revenue adjustment.