Waste fees set to fall

Stirling council agreed to sign a settlement deed with MRC at its last meeting, less than two weeks after members of regional council agreed to offer them a discount if it remained part of the council.

The decisions end more than three years of negotiations and uncertainty as the biggest member council sought to withdraw from the group that includes the cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup, Perth and Vincent, plus towns of Cambridge and Victoria Park.

At the MRC meeting on September 5, nine out of 10 member council representatives present voted to reduce this year’s gate fee for member councils from $149 per tonne to $120.

They agree to entice Stirling to remain by offering it an 8.33 per cent discount on the fee this financial year, which would reduce gradually each year until 2017-18.

‘The negotiations were held in good spirit allowing both parties to find the common ground that led to the solution,’ MRC chairman Russ Fishwick said.

‘This is a win-win for all the member councils of the MRC as the additional revenue substantially reduces the cost of waste disposal on the member councils and ensures that the MRC remains competitive in the waste industry.’

MRC chief executive Brian Callander said Stirling had been delivering its waste to the Tamala Park landfill site again since August 5, when its exemption ended.