Monday, April 24, 2017

What a load of rubbish, Yarra Council

A verbal altercation broke out this morning on the steps of the Richmond Town Hall between local residents and Yarra Council staff members. Staff were upset that a large poster was affixed to the outside wall and local residents were upset that Council intends to impose a Bin Tax to raise funds to cover a longstanding debt. I listened and took a couple of photographs. I also made the suggestion that perhaps rate payers could dump their rubbish in street bins or come up with some other creative solution to the problem. Local residents appeared particularly incensed that Council, whilst saying it was involved in community consultation, revealed that the manner in which this would be undertaken was via submissions made by individuals on line. Too bad if you don't have an internet connection. Apparently they had also advised residents in an article in the Yarra News, but if you didn't receive that particular edition in your letter box then you would not be aware of the impending tax or avenues for protesting about it. So, I'm wondering what Yarra Council is going to do if people choose not to have a rubbish bin and just dump their rubbish on the side of the street? Anyway, the poster was removed from the wall and placed on the steps of the Town Hall.

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