Council staff to be offered employment with JJ Richards
Published on 09 October 2019
Nillumbik Council CEO Carl Cowie says Council’s in-house waste collection staff will have the opportunity to continue employment with the new waste services contractor.
This follows Council’s decision last month to engaged specialised waste collection JJ Richards to deliver the Shire’s kerbside waste collection service from July next year.
Mr Cowie denied reports that 11 staff will lose their jobs.
“Employees will be able to continue employment with JJ Richards,” Mr Cowie said.
“If they are unsuitable for a position, they will be eligible for redeployment to any suitable vacancies within Council or receive a full redundancy payment.”
Mr Cowie said “the waste collection team and union representatives had been consulted and provided input throughout the market testing process”.
10 September 2019
Council has made the decision to engage specialised waste collection company JJ Richards to deliver Nillumbik’s kerbside waste collection service, resulting in savings passed directly on to ratepayers.
Mayor Karen Egan said the appointment of JJ Richards follows a best-value review of the in-house service through an open tender process and will ensure Council continues to provide a high-quality, value-for-money service to the community.
“As an industry leader servicing over 20 per cent of Victorian councils including our Whittlesea and Yarra Ranges neighbours, JJ Richards has through the tender evaluation demonstrated excellence in service delivery, customer focus, advanced waste collection technology, safety and risk management,” she said.
Cr Egan said Council’s in-house waste collection team has provided excellent service to the Nillumbik community.
“On behalf of all councillors I’d like to acknowledge the contribution from all the staff who have delivered the service over many years,” she said.
CEO Carl Cowie said “the waste collection team and union representatives had been consulted and provided input throughout the market testing process. Staff preferences around their future will be accommodated.
All staff will be made aware of the decision.
Cr Egan said a review of Council’s waste services to better meet the needs of ratepayers is a key action in the Council Plan.
“Following consultation with the community last year, Council will be offering residents additional bin collection options, which we expect to be available from 1 July 2020, and will promote this to residents closer to the time,” she said.
The standard bin configuration – 120-litre weekly green waste, 120-litre fortnightly landfill, 240-litre fortnightly recycling – will remain the same.
You can view the summary of the tender documentation for the Provision of Garbage, Recycle, Organics Waste Collection Service