MOVING FORWARD: Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney and recycling petitioner Cass Norton are urging the community to respond to Council's online survey that could potentially make kerbside recycling a reality for the region.
MOVING FORWARD: Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney and recycling petitioner Cass Norton are urging the community to respond to Council's online survey that could potentially make kerbside recycling a reality for the region.

CHANCE FOR CHANGE

KERBSIDE recycling in the Whitsunday region could become a reality - but only if residents grab a new opportunity to have their say.    Whitsunday Regional Council will re-visit the issue with the launch of an online survey to gauge community support.    Mayor Jennifer Whitney said before a decision was made, Council wanted to hear from residents throughout the region to see what proportion of people wanted to see recycling introduced, what price residents would be willing to pay and what the response to some of the potential problems might be.    "When recycling was last looked at in the Whitsunday region, the environmental benefits were outweighed by the costs of providing the service [but] there are many residents in our community who would like to see kerbside recycling implemented and now is the chance to have their vote on this issue," Cr Whitney said.   "It's up to the people now to go online and look at the survey and answer it honestly, because we need that guidance and support from the community."   Jubilee Pocket resident Cass Norton, who led a recycling petition during the Local Government election campaign, said this was great news.   "It's fantastic that Council are willing to re-assess it comprehensively and provide the community with another opportunity to have their say on the issue," she said.   "If community steps up they [Council] can actually get a lot more feedback than they were able to get last time and I guess that was one of the major issues - the community really wasn't involved in the assessment last time."    Cr Whitney said the key issues would be cost, contamination and community support.   "We have to have good support behind this - it can't just be 100 people, particularly when the biggest question I keep getting today is "our rates keep going up".   This is one chance. There's a couple of weeks it's out there for. The community's got to get on board."   The survey will be live from tomorrow, Friday September 21, until Monday, October 8, at www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au.  

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