COUNCIL: Bundaberg Regional Council building. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
COUNCIL: Bundaberg Regional Council building. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Opening hours cut at waste dumps

BUNDABERG Regional Council plans to save about $520,000 a year by reducing the opening hours of waste facilities around the region.

But Cr Danny Rowleson said the changes had not gone far enough.

He said the unit would still be running at a loss.

"This is a business unit, it should be running on business principles," he said.

Council waste and recycling spokesman Vince Habermann said the reduction in hours at most of the council's facilities would reduce the need for permanent full-time landfill attendants to work average of four hours overtime a week.

The total number of hours worked a year would reduce by 11,000 hours.

Staff would move from a seven day a fortnight roster to an eight day a fortnight roster.

The opening hours at the main waste management facility on University Dve would be 7am-5pm seven days a week.

Figures showed the waste and recycling services section made an operational loss of $1.4 million in the 2013/2014 financial year.

But Cr Rowleson said the changes were just "kicking around the edges".

"We should be taking the hard decisions," he said.

Cr Rowleson said waste facilities were scattered around the district and it was often a lengthy drive to get to one of them.

Cr Habermann said as in any business tough decisions had to be made

.Cr Habermann said opening hours may need to be reviewed sometime in the future.

Crs Rowleson and Tony Ricciardi voted against the proposal.

The change will come into effect on December 1.



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