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Transfer station causing problems

Saturday, 7th March, 2020

A picture of the new Waste Transfer Station and the obstructing barrier which was sent in by an angry resident. PICTURE: Supplied A picture of the new Waste Transfer Station and the obstructing barrier which was sent in by an angry resident. PICTURE: Supplied

By Emily McInerney

The new Waste Transfer Station is up and running at the tip but there are some concerns from residents after they found out rubbish will have to be lifted over a barrier.

Councillor Tom Kennedy raised the issue at the last Council meeting.

“If you back your trailer in, the barrier is below your waist - so you have to remove rubbish from your trailer onto the platform and then lift it 4 feet over the barrier into the skip bin.

“The Workplace Health and Safety Act (2001) states that designs have to be reasonably practical so they can be used without risk.

“For workers lifting above your waist, it becomes an OH and S issue.

“At some stage I expect Council to be sued due to someone injuring themselves.”

Clr Kennedy believes councillors were not as involved in the process as they should have been.

“Councillors have not been involved in the process at all, they have been closed out of the process.

“The process has been pushed by management. I assume the mayor would know a lot about it.

“But the other elected representatives are not aware of what was happening.

“The minute you go out to the waste transfer station - you can see there is a design flaw, instantly.

“I have received a lot of complaints from locals.”

While Council have said that the guard rail complies with the building code and some consider that it could be used to prevent people backing into the skip bin, Clr Kennedy said there was a quick fix.

“If they put in a low barrier so the wheels can’t go over it - that would have been better.

“A curb stops a car from rolling onto a footpath.

“There are a lot of designs that don’t need a four-foot structure so you don’t have to throw anything over.

“Cages that drop the rubbish or lifts to help lift it over - there are many different designs.

“It was not well thought out and I think residents will be paying to have it redesigned.”

Council said they have adhered to the guidelines regarding the building code and they will monitor the transfer station.

“The guard rail is a requirement for Council to comply with the Building Code of Australia,” a Council spokesperson said.

“Council is monitoring the operation of the Waste Transfer Station and will consider potential future improvements or modifications.”

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