Transfer station closure causes chain reaction

CLOSE Sale Transfer Station, but don’t destroy it.

That was the message from Sale’s Bob McKay, who chained himself to the Sale Transfer Station gates on Friday morning to protest at Wellington Shire Council closing the facility from today.

Council voted unanimously to close the facility at its November 2013 meeting, citing low usage, high costs involved in the long term operation of the site and proximity to the main facility at Kilmany.

But Mr McKay said he urged council to keep the transfer station idle in case it reviewed its decision at a later date.

“Just don’t destroy it,” he said.

“I approve of Kilmany; it’s a great facility.

“It’s just inconvenient for the people around Sale.

“It’s a distance away for people to get out there.

“It’s the cost of running out there and the time too.

“It’s nothing to me, I’ve got all day, but for people working, they have to take an hour or more.”

Mr McKay, who had obtained about 70 signatures of people who wanted the transfer station to remain open, said it could also be dangerous for older people travelling out to Kilmany and having to turn against traffic on the busy highway.

More than 30-years-old, the Sale Transfer Station would need a significant upgrade to meet current best practice guidelines and occupational health and safety standards if it were to remain open.

There are also operational constraints, including litter and amenity in the surrounding urban area and adjacent Stephenson Park.

Speaking at council’s November 2013 meeting, mayor Scott Rossetti said council understood the decision to close the facility would inconvenience some local residents, but had organised recycling alternatives where possible.

Sale residents have the option of disposing of recyclables for free at Towards Zero’s Sale depot, located in Wellington Park Way, just off Somerton Park Rd.