28 June, 2024

User pays model for waste facilities

THE annual waste facilities charge for Moyne Shire ratepayers will be reduced for the coming financial year.

The fee, which is used to cover operational costs at Moyne’s eight waste facilities, will reduce by a quarter this financial year.

It will then be eliminated completely over the coming years as Moyne moves to a user-pays system for its waste facilities.

Moyne Shire mayor Cr Ian Smith said gate fees at waste facilities would increase to cover the cost of operations, meaning those who use the facility will be the ones who are paying.

“The user pays model is fairer and means those who use the facilities will be paying for their operations rather than all ratepayers who may or may or may not use the facilities,” Cr Smith said.

“The change will also ensure council is compliant with all government directions and can still cover the cost of waste facilities while maintaining other services.”

Cr Smith said the new fees and charges, as outlined in the council budget (which has been on public exhibition), would begin early next month.

He said council’s waste facilities would also become cashless from July 1, with only card payments accepted.

“This was a recommendation from council’s audit and risk committee and will increase safety for staff working in these remote locations,” Cr Smith said.

“We have tested connectivity at all sites and are confident in the systems we have in place.”

Cr Smith said people without cards could purchase a reloadable, prepaid card from any Australia Post outlet, which could then be used for any card transactions.


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