A photo taken by Ramornie resident Neil Jamieson illustrating his concerns.
A photo taken by Ramornie resident Neil Jamieson illustrating his concerns. Contributed

Council warned of garbage tragedy

CLARENCE Valley Council will have blood on its hands if it continues with plans to expand garbage collection services on rural roads in the Valley, according to Neil Jamieson of Ramornie.

A 20-year resident of the Gwydir Hwy, Ramornie, Mr Jamieson has long opposed plans for roadside garbage collection services at his address (through three different council brands).

It's not just the cost ($239 per year) or the fact that Mr Jamieson reckons he produces about 10 litres of general garbage per month (the rest he burns or puts through his garbage or both).

Mr Jamieson said his prime concern was with the danger for traffic on garbage day.

So concerned is Mr Jamieson that he followed a garbage truck around Eatonsville and Waterview late last year and snapped a series of photos showing cars crossing double unbroken lines to get around garbage trucks.

"When the truck stops it takes up half the lane," he said. "Nearly all rural roads are 100kmh and many are windy with steep crests and double lines.

"I always learnt to treat a double line as a brick wall and never to cross it.

"This (garbage collection) is only encouraging a bloody accident somewhere down the line.

"We still get a fair bit of traffic to and from Glen Innes and the quarry out of Lilydale Rd."

Clarence Valley Council announced it would begin weekly kerbside collections (recycling and general waste on a fortnightly rotation) on July 1.

Mr Jamieson said he understood the desire for weekly garbage collection, especially for households with young families, but there had to be a safer way.

Mr Jamieson said he would like to see the weekly wheelie bin decision overturned in favour of a centralised skip bin collection system.

He said a number of residents could share a skip in a locked fenced-off area if necessary.

But, most importantly, the larger bins could be placed off rural roads and out of danger.

Mr Jamieson has written to CVC and Roads and Maritime Services about the issue and said he thought the council was being obstructive.

He said he knew of several other Ramornie residents opposed to a weekly wheelie bin collection.

The Daily Examiner sought comment from CVC yesterday and will run the council's response tomorrow.

An unofficial council source said the majority of Gwydir Hwy, Ramornie residents had called for weekly garbage collection.


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