Despite the increase in Broome tip fees, charitable organisations are being offered a 50 per cent fee reduction at the Waste Management Facility.
The Shire of Broome is reminding all not-for-profit and community groups they could all qualify for the discount.
“Under the policy that has been in place since 2010, organisations wishing to receive the discount need to apply in writing, and if deemed eligible will receive a letter of approval for presentation at the waste management facility gate,” Shire president Graeme Campbell said.
“The Shire of Broome places great value on our charitable, community and not-for profit organisations, and the important work they carry out.
“That is why the council has a policy in place to give these organisations access to the waste management facility at a heavily discounted rate.”
Mr Campbell’s comments follow a complaint from Jack Castellarin, who was charged the full $40 when he dumped waste from a Christmas party held at the Broome Drop-In Centre.
“It is not only an insult to the drop-in centre, but every other support agency in town to have to abide by these fees when those many precious dollars could so well be spent elsewhere,” he said.
Mr Campbell encouraged all eligible organisations to apply.
“This is a discount that is not available for other essential services such as power and water,” he said. “The Shire also has an annual community sponsorship program that can provide grants of up to $10,000 for any eligible organisation that is struggling to meet its costs.
“The Shire of Broome provides considerable support to the Broome Youth Support Group which includes providing its drop-in centre premises at a peppercorn rent, providing an exemption from rates and, in the past year, upgrading its basketball court in conjunction with the WA Department of Sport and Recreation at a cost of $33,000.”