THE City of Bayswater has pulled out of the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council’s (EMRC) Resource Recovery Facility project in East Rockingham, following the Town of Bassendean’s withdrawal earlier this month.
The EMRC consists of six member councils from Perth’s eastern suburbs – the Town of Bassendean, cities of Bayswater, Belmont, Kalamunda and Swan and the Shire of Mundaring.
The RRF will deal with the household waste in rubbish bins left over after residents have reduced, re-used and recycled their waste.
At a special council meeting last Friday, the council voted 6-3 to not support the project, based on the EMRC’s absolute deadline of February 19 being not negotiable, with Councillor Brent Fleeton, Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish and Cr Filomena Piffaretti voting against.
Parts of the proposed agreement had not been neogtiated to the City’s satisfaction before the deadline.
The council requested chief executive Andrew Brien to investigate options to develop a waste strategy together with the community, with the purpose of redirecting the City’s waste production and increase the City’s waste diversion levels through waste management.
A report identifying all Perth waste facilities and user fees will be provided to the council by April.
Mayor Dan Bull said the council was not prepared to accept the financial risk on behalf of its ratepayers and as such resolved not to proceed with the project.
“The terms of the legal agreements associated with the EMRC’s Resource Recovery Project were such that Council considered the project would have posed an unacceptable financial risk to the City,” he said.