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Tender presentation welcomed

Thursday, 3rd February, 2011

By Stefan Delatovic

Today's presentation from the groups vying for the city's green waste services would allow councillors to be fully informed, according to Councillor Bob Algate.

Council has issued a tender for the receipt, processing and sale of the city's organic waste. Half-a-dozen groups have responded and will present their case to Council's elected body and an information session this afternoon.

Clr Algate expressed concern earlier this week that Councillors were not always provided the information they needed to make informed decision. He said today's presentation format would help alleviate this, as the group would be present in person to answer questions and make their points.

"I think it's important that Councillors always receive the full facts, so we can act on the recommendations on management with confidence and in a fully- informed manner," he said.

Australian Vermiculture is the company currently handling the city's green waste. Representative Del Price yesterday seconded Clr Algate's concerns.

She said her company had completed a full submission to Council, responding to 21 items and detailing systems developed over the course of a decade. She said that was received by management, who pass on a recommendation to Councillors, but not the full document.

"I understand that tender submissions may be a fairly hefty read, but, in our situation, Councillors' decisions will mean one of two results - either the continuation of the business in Broken Hill or, alternatively, its closure," she said.

"I don't see the recommendation as a fair reflection of the extensive submissions. I feel it's important that Councillors understand the full scope of both the request for tender and the submissions received."

Mrs Price said today's information session would also allow them to raise questions they had with facts and figures quoted in the recommendation, and welcomed the opportunity.

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