Mayor doesn't rule out fines for wheelie bin dawdlers
GYMPIE Region Mayor Mick Curran has stopped short of ruling out a fine for households that leave their wheelie bins sitting on the kerb too long.
It was reported this week that a number of Queensland councils were considering implementing a local law to slug residents with a $2523 fine for failing to bring their bins in after collection day.
Some mayors such as Bundaberg's Jack Dempsey have since rejected the report as rubbish and stated categorically their council had no intention of any changes to policy.
Yesterday, Gympie Regional Council confirmed it would vote this May on "a new local law in relation to waste services to replace the existing State provisions".
The Mayor stopped short of ruling out a fine.
"Laws are created not for the majority, but for the small minority who do the wrong thing by their community," he said.
"In the Gympie region, we have historically never had the need to enforce fines or penalties on landowners for leaving wheelie bins out for extended time periods.
"We live in a rural region and must acknowledge that for many landowners it's not feasible to bring wheelie bins in and out of properties within certain time periods due to the length of driveways, accessibility etc.
"Any new laws will consider the nature of our region, and the people who live here."
A separate statement attributed to the "council" said:
"Council will be making a new local law in relation to waste services to replace the existing State provisions, which lapse on 30 June 2018. It is expected that the draft local law will be presented to council at its May meeting for endorsement to release for community consultation.
"The proposed local law will largely replicate the existing State regulations. In respect to collection of wheelie bins, there is no change proposed to current regulations, which state bins must be removed from the kerb as soon as practicable after collection.
"While Council has always had the ability to enforce specified wheelie bin removal times, Officers have always been able to resolve issues relating to bins being left out with the parties involved amicably."
The statement says "to find out more about bin collection in the Gympie region, visit https://www.gympie.qld.gov.au/bin-collection-residents.
Clicking on the link reveals householders' "responsibilities" in relation to their wheelie bins:
To ensure your bin is collected, please check the correct day of service and ensure:
- the bin is in kerb position by 6am on the collection day, handle towards the house, with the lid closed
- the bin does not block pedestrian pathways or vehicle access
- the refuse and recycling are not cross-contaminated
- you have bagged all loose rubbish, for example dust, kitchen scraps and grass clippings
- you have not bagged the recycling
- the bin is not overloaded (maximum weight is 70 kilograms).
After your service bins must be removed from the kerb as soon as practicable after collection.