Public shut out of recycling debate

“THIS is very much in the public interest and I cannot accept that council will be discussing this in secret,” councillor Steve Perryman said at Mount Gambier City Council’s monthly meeting last Tuesday.

“This is a global issue having national, state-wide and local impacts.”

While council ultimately discussed the city’s recycling options behind closed doors last week, it was not before elected members weighed up disclosing the information publicly.

Formal meeting procedures were suspended to allow councillors to talk freely, with Cr Perryman expressing his concern at making decisions about waste management options “in secret”.

“I do not agree with discussing this matter in


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