Waste Levy Forum Held for Camooweal Residents

Councillor Paul Stretton says a community forum to help Camooweal residents better understand the Waste Levy was very well received by those in attendance.


Cr Stretton, whose portfolio includes Environmental Management, and Council Compliance and Utilities Services Manager Stephen Wagner conducted the forum at the Camooweal Community Hall on Thursday afternoon, May 9.


“The forum attendees understood that the Waste Levy forced Council to make changes that are diverse and posed challenges, but Council was steadfast about not passing on costs associated with implementing and running the Waste Levy back to the community,” Cr Stretton said.


“Given the changes that will soon be coming into effect in Camooweal, such as the planned introduction of three industrial skip bins in town for general and possibly also green waste, and a new management strategy for the Camooweal refuse facility, we knew it was vital for us to speak directly to Camooweal residents beforehand and let them know the reasons why these changes are happening.


“I thank all of the residents who attended the forum and asked excellent and pertinent questions to myself and Mr Wagner.


“We do take what happens in Camooweal seriously, and we do want to know what the residents think of what will soon be happening in terms of waste collection and disposal.


“Camooweal residents can rest assured that Council are doing all that we can to strike a fine balance that will properly and adequately service the waste-disposal needs of the community while remaining cost-neutral as much as possible.”


Cr Stretton said Council would not deregister the Camooweal refuse facility, but was instead considering various options for managing it.


Currently, the facility is unmanned, free to enter and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Cr Stretton said it would cost Council $350,000 to bring the Camooweal facility up to the State Government’s Waste Levy standard.


The three proposed industrial skip bins will be three cubic metres, or 1000 litres, in capacity.


Similar public forums are planned to be held in Mount Isa in the coming weeks.

For more information, call Council’s Customer Services Department on 4747 3200.