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A dirty surprise for Mitcham councillor

An “aggrieved” resident has dumped rubbish on the verge outside a Mitcham councillor’s home and the council has been inundated with complaints following a decision to delay its annual hard waste pick-up.

A piece of paper reading “Hard Rubbish Collection” was stuck to three 1.3m long iron pipes dumped outside Gault Ward Cr Stephen Fisher’s Westbourne Park home overnight on Sunday, September 26.

While residents will wait 19 months to have their waste collected, Cr Fisher’s unwelcome delivery was removed by council staff just days after it appeared.

The Eastern Courier Messenger last month reported the council would forgo its usual September hard waste collection and instead collect next April - 19 months after the last pick-up.
Council has had more than 30 complaints in the past two months over the delay.

“Obviously it was someone aggrieved their hard rubbish collection has been put off,” Cr Fisher (pictured) said of the anonymous dumper.

Cr Fisher said he had not heard of such an incident in his 19 years on council.

“It’s low-level vandalism,” he said.

“Individual councillors can’t change when hard rubbish collection occurs.”

The addresses of mayoral nominees Glenn Spear and Cr Michael Picton were on a note attached to the rubbish, but neither was targeted.

Mitcham acting chief executive Judith Jones said the delay was “out of council’s hands”.

“We were told quite late our usual collector (East Waste) wasn’t able to do it,” she said.

“Their vehicles were not suitable.

“They were getting very old and were unable to do it. Then the caretaker period came in. While council had decided to tender, we couldn’t do the process.”

She said collection would go out for tender after the new council was elected next month.

By Alice Higgins

Source: Eastern Courier

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