The minutes of the Coffs Harbour City Council (CHCC) Extraordinary Meeting of yesterday, Monday 27 September , published below reveal that Council will enter into Deeds of Variation with Nambucca Valley and Bellingen Councils, essentially ‘a write off’ of $1.2 million in relation to those cases.
By The Editor
The minutes also reveal that the Coffs Harbour City Council agrees to a non disclosed amount of settlement with Biomass Solutions ( Coffs Harbour) Pty Ltd.
At this stage there are now two more CHCC Council meeting dates scheduled before the Council enters Caretaker Mode on November 4. 14 October and 28 October.
CCO editorial comment:
It is hard to believe that the CHCC has emerged from this in any way as a winner when all legal costs, the above settlements and 18 months of MWOOF cartage costs are taken into account.
We also note no settlement has been specified for HandyBin Ltd, the longest running of these waste management cases that council has been involved in. It is possible though the Biomass settlement could encompass that case.
What has not been disputed by the CHCC though is that they did not fare well in regards to the adjudicator’s decisions in the waste management cases. Arbitration decisions we understand that, contrary to most arbitration decisions, the CHCC has not agreed to allow be released publicly.
For example this CCO report has not been disputed; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/un-neighbourly-behaviour-the-waste-management-plot-thickens-biomass-v-the-chcc/
You’d have to ask yourself why that would be the case.
We know that it was estimated that trucking waste to Tamworth or similar until late 2027 as per the term of the contract could cost in the vicinity of $27m.
This CCO article relates to what Council spent on the Handybin and Biomass cases over roughly three years; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/council-has-spent-4-36m-on-legal-costs-on-waste-management-cases-in-three-years/
And has Council management responded to all asked for in NOM21/17 Summary of Actions Relating to Waste Management in the Coffs Harbour LGA moved by Councillors Townley and Swan on 22 July last? See; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/the-ccs-loan-waste-management-the-postponed-elections-and-brelsford-park/
There is much about this all that doesn’t smell right. Pun 100% intended.
We believe the new Council, as part of any independent audit, should look into the actions, communications and strategies of CHCC representatives in regards to these waste management cases as a matter of urgency.