Albury Council rejects making changes to red bin collection under certain circumstances

ALBURY councillor Darren Cameron has failed in another bid to have conditional weekly red bin collections returned to the city.

PERSISTENT: Cr Darren Cameron has tried once again to have red bin collections returned in Albury, but failed to get sufficient support.

PERSISTENT: Cr Darren Cameron has tried once again to have red bin collections returned in Albury, but failed to get sufficient support.

Cr Cameron proposed red bins be picked up every week from households where there is a child under the age of two years or a household member has a condition requiring regular disposal of medical waste.

He also wanted the changes factored into the upcoming budget, but he could only muster support from two other councillors, Murray King and John Stuchbery.

The move also sparked some verbal sparring with former mayor, Henk van de Ven, who strongly opposed any changes.

“This is just a continuation of a hobby horse Cr Cameron has had for quite a long period of time,” Cr van de Ven said.

“I think we've proven beyond reasonable doubt that those options are well and truly available to people who want to go and find them.

“I just think people are lazy and we are pandering to those people with this particular amendment or option.”

Cr Cameron queried whether the option of weekly red bins was available on the council website and was told it was included among the published fees and charges and weekly bins were already available to people with medical conditions.

“The people of Albury are not stupid and they are certainly not lazy,” Cr Cameron said.

“It is disgraceful to sit in this chamber and have them referred to as either.

“People have an entitlement to expect as a fundamental basic service of council that their waste is collected.”

Cr Stuchbery believed Cr Cameron made some valid points.

“Most of our ratepayers aren't stupid and some of them are struggling,” he said.

“Disposable baby nappies smell and after they have been fermenting for two weeks they smell pretty bad.”

Cr van de Ven vehemently denied describing ratepayers as "stupid" and sought an apology from Cr Cameron and Cr Stuchbery after the amendment was lost 6-3.

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