5 November, 2020
New Tip barriers in Emerald to keep residents safe
TALL metal barriers have been placed around all dumping points which prevent users of the Transfer Station from falling into dangerous pits.
However, not everyone in the community is happy about it, with many scolding Council’s decision on the Central Highlands Regional Council Facebook page.
Council’s General Manager of Communities, John McDougall explained that the barriers have been put in place for safety reasons.
“Under the applicable safety regulations, we need barriers of 900mm in height,” he said.
“Council also has attendants on-site that can help with lifting heavy rubbish.
“Just need flag them down and they will help.
“We are investigating a solo bin lifting device, which we’re hoping to establish soon.
“We can’t guarantee that an attendant will be there 12 hours a day, the Central Highlands Regional Council is liable for your safety.
“It’s a matter of Workplace Health and Safety.
“I know it’s restrictive, but I have a responsibility to protect the safety of our community first and foremost.
“There’s no doubt that most people in the community are happy about the new barriers, but we acknowledge that there are a number of people who aren’t.
“We’ve all got a safety obligation.
“We need the community to get on board.
“You just need to ask for help.”