- Friday 11 June 2010
Sunshine Coast Council today responded to community concerns by voting to keep the Yandina Waste transfer station open, but with reduced operating hours.
From 1 July the new operating hours for the transfer station will be Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 2pm.
Division 10 Councillor and Service Delivery Portfolio Councillor Paul Tatton said that the proposed closure had been one of many cost saving initiatives put in front of the council for consideration.
“Councillors initially agreed to close the centre because, on paper, keeping it open did not seem to be a viable option,” Cr Tatton said.
“The centre was operating with just two customers per hour and, with Nambour just down the road; closure seemed a sensible money-saving measure.
“However, after speaking with local residents and understanding their usage a little bit more, it seemed that reduced operation hours would provide a better all-round solution.
“This wasn’t just a case of changing our minds on a whim, it was about listening to the community and then going back and re-examining the data we had.
“The centre will now operate at weekends only, from 9am – 2pm.
“Council had been planning to replace the transfer station with a weekly wheelie bin collection and fortnightly recycling service in the area west of Yandina. However, as the transfer station will remain open, this will not be implemented.”
The decision to overturn the Yandina transfer centre closure was made at today's Ordinary Meeting of council.