Council to expand kerbside collection areas

Saddle Rd, running between Magra and New Norfolk, is one of
12 roads to be offered kerbside rubbish and recycling collection. 

JUST over 200 homes in the Derwent Valley Council area will be offered the chance to opt-in to the existing household waste and recycling collection service.

Councillors tonight gave unanimous approval for staff to survey the residents of certain roads at Molesworth, Lachlan, New Norfolk and Magra on their interest.

In a written report to tonight’s council meeting, infrastructure manager Richard Blackwell said it was possible to extend the existing kerbside collection service in some areas where the contractor had advised it was possible for its vehicles to safely access and manoeuvre.

“Following a number of requests from council and the community, council has explored extension of the current kerbside collection areas,” Mr Blackwell said. “In discussion with the current contractor and on-site inspections, a number of road segments have been determined to be suitable for allowing access and manoeuvring of their current side-loader machinery which services those areas. The segments cover an estimated 205 residences spread across Molesworth, Lachlan, New Norfolk, and Magra,” he said.

Before expanding the service area, council staff will consult with the affected property owners to find out how many would like to opt-in to kerbside rubbish and recycling collection at a cost of $150.99 per year. The council will require the agreement of 75 per cent of householders in an area before extending the service.

The council would have to cover the initial cost of up to $29,000 to provide a 120 Litre general waste wheelie bin and a 140L recycling bin to each property in the extended area. Mr Blackwell said the ongoing cost per household in the new areas would be $175.97 per year and the council would have to budget to cover the $25 difference to the $150.99 being charged. He did not explain why householders were not to be charged the actual cost of the service.

Mr Blackwell said the council’s contractor had also identified other areas which could potentially receive a kerbside collection, using different equipment at a higher cost. “These road segments will be investigated further and may be the subject of a further report to council,” Mr Blackwell said.


  • Glen Dhu Rd, Molesworth: 28 households up to and including No 418, about 4.5km from the Molesworth Rd intersection.
  • Ironstone Gully Rd and Haney Rd, Lachlan: 32 households up to the turning areas at the end of Haney and Ironstone Gully Rd
  • Mill Rd, Lachlan: Six households, to be included as a loop with Fosters Gully Rd
  • Fosters Gully Rd, Lachlan: 10 households, to be included as a loop with Mill Rd
  • Millers Rd, Lachlan: Four households, up to and including No 59, about 600m from the Lower Swamp Rd intersection
  • Mapley Rd, Lachlan: Eight households up to the turning area at the end of Mapley Rd
  • Saddle Rd,  New Norfolk: 40 households
  • Off Hobart Rd, New Norfolk: One household
  • Daniels Rd, Magra: 40 households up to and including Cherilane Place
  • Black Hills Rd, Magra: 40 households 
  • Garth Lane, Magra: Three households.
Mr Blackwell said that once support had reached 75% in an area it should be possible to expand the service at the start of the 2019/20 financial year.
Before seeking a mover for the recommendation, mayor Ben Shaw added a house off Hobart Rd to the list of areas to be offered the service extension.

Cr Martyn Evans said the service expansion had been a long time coming and he noted there were several former councillors in the room who had taken a keen interest in the matter during their time in office. “It’s good to see this report now and good to see people out there will have the opportunity to buy in to that. There is a 75 per cent uptake [required] so I hope the residents all jump on board and take up the service.”

Cr Rachel Power asked whether there was enough time to conduct the consultation before the start of the next financial year and general manager Greg Winton said there was an option to charge on a pro-rata basis if the service started later than anticipated.

No other councillors spoke to the motion and when put to the vote it was carried unanimously.

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