Gosnells residents outraged at proposed smelly bin laws


Gosnells resident Doug Osgood. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Gosnells resident Doug Osgood. Picture: Jon Hewson.

GOSNELLS residents are outraged at the City of Gosnells’ new proposed bin laws.

The City began a process last month to pass new waste laws that would allow it to fine residents for having a smelly bin.

However, City chief executive Ian Cowie said it was going to target cases such as a goat carcass, which was in a bin on a residential property, rather than pursuing residents whose bins might emit minor odours.

A petition has been set up on change.org describing the law as “not acceptable”.

“Please sign this petition to let the powers at be WA Councils, State Premier etc know that the people have had enough. All these fines are unacceptable and we vote NO for these laws to exist,” the petition said.

The petition sought to gather 200 signatures but had 377 by Thursday last week.

Gosnells resident Doug Osgood said he was very unhappy with the proposal.

“The bins are by their very nature objects of unclean rubbish, dirty, untidy-looking after some time in use and will of course emit odours ,” he said.

“Let all the councillors be put on notice that the public are against this action and to consider their position carefully on the Gosnells City Council in relation to this proposal.

“Do not insult most of us, please.”

Mr Cowie said earlier this month the City received a report of a resident disposing of a goat carcass in a bin on a residential property; the carcass was decomposing and infested with maggots.

“In the absence of a Waste Local Law, the City’s only option was to remove the carcass and there was no penalty for the person who discarded it,” he said.

He said it was this type of issue the City intended to target through the proposed laws .

Mr Cowie said the City welcomed feedback from people.

“It is important to note that the local law the City is proposing is no different to local laws that have already been adopted by some other metropolitan councils,” he said.

“The adoption of those local laws has largely gone unnoticed and they have not led to an increase in residents being pursued for issues such as smelly bins.”

“The City is currently looking for public submissions, which close on November 7.

To make a submission, go to http://bit.ly/2d3L3sx

To sign the petition, go to http://chn.ge/2cIFoJS