Back in February 2014, when the current Noosa Council was brand new, it announced that the return of free kerbside bulk rubbish collection was “a non-negotiable part of winning [the Noosa community’s] council back” from Sunshine Coast Council.
Now, says councillor candidate David ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, it seems the council is quietly trying to disappear this popular service.
“The council promised an annual collection of big, hard to handle junk,” said Mr Fletcher, “and in the first kerbside collection in 2015 there was a huge catch-up after the service had been disbanded by Sunshine Coast Council.
“That collection gathered more than 78 tonnes of rubbish on the first day alone and recycled more than seven tonnes of steel.
“Since then, the council has watered down the kerbside collection from 12 to 18 months – and has not explained why.
“Perhaps it was hoped people wouldn’t notice,” Mr Fletcher said.
“My big question is where the collection will go from here. Is the ‘non-negotiable’ service about to be dispensed with?
“The council needs to level with the community if it changes its mind on important policies,” Mr Fletcher said.
“We want a council that tells us what’s happening if it wants to withdraw or dilute a service.”
Mr Fletcher said if elected he will push for the immediate return of an annual collection while actively seeking alternatives such as periodic ‘collection on demand’ services such as are offered by other councils.
“I don’t believe the community will let go of our ‘not negotiable’ kerbside services without protest if this is the council’s hidden plan,” he said.