Stirling three vote against proposed cut in fees as an incentive

At the July 4 meeting, chairman Russ Fishwick moved a motion to reduce the waste management council’s gate fee from $149 per tonne to $122 as an incentive, with a further reduction open for negotiation. That was carried, with eight of the 11 representatives present supporting it.

However, three Stirling representatives ” councillors David Boothman, Sharon Cooke and Jason Robbins ” voted against it.

The council’s decision stated that MRC would increase any negotiated fee below $122 over several years until it reached parity with the other member councils ” the cities of Joondalup, Wanneroo, Perth and Vincent, and towns of Cambridge and Victoria Park.

It also assumed that Stirling council would commit to tip all its non-recycled waste, a minimum of 73,000 tonnes, through the regional council and that legislative costs that were outside the control of the waste council would be passed on.

MRC chief executive Brian Callander said they had since met Stirling on July 16 and were in the process of negotiations.

The regional council decided in May to start urgent talks to retain Stirling as a member council, three years after negotiations started for it to withdraw.

City of Stirling Mayor David Boothman confirmed negotiations were continuing.

‘At this time we are keeping the lines of communication open and the City will consider all options put before them,’ he said.

‘Any decision would need to go before full council for a final decision.’