Anger at Shire of Mundaring tip closure


The King family with Ann Pittaway, Sue West and Lew West at the closed tip.  Picture: Matt Jelonek            d456786
The King family with Ann Pittaway, Sue West and Lew West at the closed tip. Picture: Matt Jelonek         d456786

SELF-employed gardener Jeff King and his family are unhappy about the closure of their local tip.

The Woorooloo resident said he did not understand the Shire of Mundaring’s decision to end a 50 to 60-year-old service.

“Everyone in the area is upset about it; there about 900 houses in the area,” he said.

“How can rates keep going up when they (the Shire of Mundaring) are taking services away?”

Mr King said the tip closure did not affect disposal of his green waste.

“I pay fees to have my commercial green waste disposed of at Red Hill Transfer Station,” he said.

“I’m just tired of things being taken away from our community. I heard the tip was closed because of lack of use, but it was open only four hours a week on a Saturday morning anyway.”

The Woorooloo Transfer Station closed on July 3.

Mundaring Shire chief executive Jonathan Throssell said residents were notified about the closure in June.

“The decision was made to close the facility due to low usage of the site and the increase in the number of nearby residents getting a kerbside bin service,” he said.

Mr Throssell said properties ‘unable to access the kerbside bin service’ would need to travel to Mathieson or Coppin road transfer stations to dispose of household rubbish and recycling.

“The Shire will continue to expand the kerbside bin service as the road network improves, with the aim for all households to have access to this service in the future,” he said.

“There were 136 properties previously without a kerbside service that now have a service.

“This leaves only 92 properties across the Shire not able to be currently serviced.”

Mr Throssell said the Shire had not received any applications from NBN to erect a tower in place of the tip.