Kapi-Mana News : July 23rd 2013
2 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 23, 2013 NEWS 5484173AA $2.50 per bag Official Council rubbish bags sold at the Council Reception and at all libraries. Your Council, your service PORIRUA CITY COUNCIL KERBSIDE RUBBISH COLLECTION Also sold at dairies and supermarkets (prices may vary) 0800 762 786 www.op.ac.nz Pregnant? J 01454 Have you thought of sharing this special time with a student midwife studying in the Wellington region? Contact: Melanie Piri, School of Midwifery 0800 762 786, email@example.com Bins boss rubbishes tip fee rise By KRIS DANDO Feeling the pinch: Gordon McCalman recently sold a house to improve his business's cashflow, as he faces the toughest economic conditions since he started Gordies. Photo: KRIS DANDO One of Porirua s more prominent businessmen recently made his first redundancy in 20 years, as severe competition and rising landfill fees squeeze his bottom line. Gordon McCalman, who runs Gordies Bins, described the rise in tip fees as a kick in the guts . He has a dozen employees and six trucks on the road. He caters to the residential market primar- ily in Porirua and Tawa, although he has skips and is hoping to sell rubbish bags very soon. The rise in landfill fees, how- ever, has bit hard. Porirua City Council s strategy to have less waste going through the Spicer Landfill gates means Mr McCalman s customers will have to meet the cost. He estimated he would be charged an extra $8 a tonne or $4000 a month. I m the smallest kid on the block, with Transpacific and Envi- roWaste able to swallow these extra charges and hold their prices. It s the biggest issue I m facing and it s making life tough. Mr McCalman is turning down sponsorship requests from local sports clubs and schools and look- ing at layoffs and restructuring. He said his business could go the way of corner stores and local hardware shops that have disap- peared. It was the saddest day in my working life when I had to make a redundancy the other week. I just hope I keep getting that local sup- port. I m a Porirua boy and this is where my business lies. We re a family at Gordies who live, work and play in this city and we give back to the local economy. He said a meeting with Porirua mayor Nick Leggett and the city council s solid waste manager Peter Keller last week allayed some of his anger and he has more understanding of the council s position now. They re aware that the fees are hurting me, but I can see that they want to reduce the amount of waste that comes in and sustain the landfill. All tips are facing the same problems. What I ve asked is that when their next review comes around in March or so, they look at not rais- ing them again so much, or even holding the charges. Mr Leggett said he has known Mr McCalman his whole life and that he ran a superb local busi- ness. However, the council s zero waste policy was implemented for sound financial and environ- mental reasons and will prolong the life of Spicer Landfill. The cost of another landfill would double the council s debt overnight, Mr Leggett said. There are a number of issues at play, aside from the landfill fees, that he s facing and I hope he can come through those. His branching into rubbish bags should be applauded and I think he came away from our dis- cussion happy when he heard council s position. Brash and those geese Wellington Regional councillor Jenny Brash wants to clarify her position on the Canada geese issue after our front page story last week. Ms Brash said she was working on a cull of the birds in her capacity as a regional councillor, rat- her than it being a personal crusade . Also, the New Zealand Transport Agency, which owns the area on Lane s Flat, where the birds are moulting, has not approved the plan. It s just a proposal at this stage, she said. Ms Brash noted she was a member of Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand.
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