Trash mandatory fee
DEAR Toodyay Shire Councillors.
My name is Sue Bussell, and my husband Ric Jones and I live in Morangup.
We are both disabled and have to use walkers to get around outside.
The agenda item for last month’s council meeting regarding mandatory rubbish collection fees for wheelie bins is not possible for us.Read more
At present, we fill the smaller rubbish bins and take them to the tip once a month in our van.
We manage the smaller, multiple loads that way.
However, it is not possible for us to push even an empty wheelie bin with a walker down our long drive.
Rubbish truck drivers might, if they are very careful, be able to get down our drive to collect the bins from beside the house, but I doubt if they will.
At least our driveway is on flat land, which is better than a lot of the driveways in Morangup which can be both very steep and bumpy.
This is why so many people in our area do not use the shire rubbish collection service.
I suspect that this mandatory proposal is designed to increase the revenue for the rubbish collection contractor, not for the benefit of ratepayers.
To impose the fee for rubbish collection by them on ratepayers in Morangup who do not want it is adding insult to injury.
They should be paying us to bring the rubbish to our gates.
Please, dear councillors, do not accept the proposal.
(Toodyay Shire CEO Stan Scott’s recommendation at last month’s council meeting to impose a new mandatory fee on all ratepayers with properties on existing rubbish collection routes was deferred to the council’s meeting – Ed.)