Development leads to increased gate fees

Mindarie Regional Council will have to pay the extra land rates to the City of Wanneroo in 2013-14 because its offshoot, Tamala Park Regional Council, has started to develop Catalina Estate, according to a City director.

Corporate strategy and performance director John Paton said the valuation of MRC land, calculated by the Valuer General’s Office, had increased as a result of TPRC developing land adjacent to the Tamala Park landfill site.

‘The increase in valuation occurred for the 2012-13 rating year and impacted on the valuation utilised to calculate the council rates and Emergency Services Levy,’ Mr Paton said.

A report on MRC’s budget for this year said the higher land rates accounted for most of a 105 per cent increase in utility costs.

About $32,700 more related to increased electricity costs after MRC converted a leachate compressor from diesel to electricity.

Several other factors resulted in the MRC increasing its gate tonnage fees for member councils from $137 to $149, affecting the cities of Joondalup, Wanneroo, Stirling, Perth and Vincent, plus the towns of Victoria Park and Cambridge.

The minimum entry fee for the waste transfer station will also increase ” from $12 to $15.

‘This is still low in comparison with other facilities,’ MRC chairman Russ Fishwick said.

‘It also means people can bring in a greater amount of waste before the tonnage rate kicks in.’

Cr Fishwick said people should offload recyclables and items with a reuse value, such as furniture, bicycles and household goods, at the recycling centre and tip shop before crossing the weighbridge.

With the casual tonnage fee remaining virtually unchanged at $166, it gave small businesses and residential tippers a break in times of rising costs.

‘By encouraging self-haul tippers, a significant saving to councils is made as much of this waste would otherwise be left as part of bulk verge collections,’ Cr Fishwick said.