GLENRAY Industries will not have to pay a single cent of more than $13,000 in waste management fees after Bathurst Regional Council voted last week to write-off the debt.
Glenray had previously written to council asking it waive $13,658.70 in waste fees accrued following a devastating fire at its commercial laundry on Browning Street last year.
The fees were incurred as the site was cleared for rebuilding and came in after Glenray had lodged and settled its insurance claim.
Councillor John Fry was the only dissenting voice when the item was discussed at council last Wednesday night.
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Cr Fry acknowledged that "Glenray do an amazing service for Bathurst" but criticised the organisation's decision to remove a row of trees as part of the rebuilding project.
"I'd like to remind the council that as good as these guys are, they removed a row of heritage 100-year-old trees along the front of that development after that fire and used insurance money to do it," Cr Fry said.
"There was no actual reason to for taking those trees out so, I guess, why should we [help] them when they're not responsible citizens in terms of the environment?"
Senior council staff had advised against writing off the waste fees but it was deputy mayor Bobby Bourke who moved an amendment calling on his colleagues to grant a full fees waiver.
"Glenray Industries are a well-known workplace for people with a disability and as a council we should show support for their mighty effort to get up and running after a devastating fire last year," Cr Bourke said.
"The whole community has come on board and we should also come on board and write-off these waste management fees.
"They've done a great up there getting going again. They've had state government assistance, they've had federal assistance and assistance from this council should be shown tonight."
In response to a query from Cr Monica Morse, council general manager David Sherley said the waste fees write-off would be funded through waste management centre income.
Glenray's commercial laundry reopened for business in April.