Council admits residents should have been told

PUBLIC CONCERNS: Whyalla City Council chief executive officer Peter Peppin says the council should have told residents of its decision to transfer stockpiled mulch to the Newton Street site.Whyalla City Council has conceded it should have told its residents about the transfer of stockpiled mulch to the Newton Street site.

Following an outpouring of disgust from local residents,including member for Giles Eddie Hughes, Whyalla City Council admitted residents should have been notified.

Mr Hughes said it would have been far more “preferable and professional” for the mulch to have beencleaned up before it was spread.

He said using the mulch in its current state did not represent good practice and questioned the council’s decision making.

Whyalla City Council chief executive officer Peter Peppin said the council acknowledged the public concerns about the mulch being spread on the site before the “removal” of “non-organic” materials such as plastic.

“Significantly, the Environmental Protection Authority has advised that processing of such material to ensure the removal of all non-organics is difficult,” Mr Peppin said.

“That is the reason for spreading it on the site.

“Once all the stockpiled mulch is spread, it enables us to remove the plastics and any other non-organics before covering the mulch with top soil.”

Mr Peppin said the benefits of the procedure were less cost to the community and lesser impact on the environment.

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