Tin Can Bay Waste Management operator Jessica Milne is hoping her tender will be accepted and she can continue managing the facility as she has done for the past six years.
Tin Can Bay Waste Management operator Jessica Milne is hoping her tender will be accepted and she can continue managing the facility as she has done for the past six years. Renee Pilcher

Dump contract process not personal

JESSICA Milne is a “bit confused” and does “not understand” why her contract as gatekeeper and recycling service provider is not being extended as it has been for the past five years.

“I love my job,” the enthusiastic operator of the Tin Can Bay waste management facility told The Gympie Times yesterday.

“I’m still here and I’m still doing the same thing,” she said.

“I’ve built the place up from nothing and I want to keep it going. This is my whole life.”

The young woman, who was introduced to The Gympie Times’ readers six years ago when she took over operation of the then dump, is wondering why an extension has not been granted and tenders have been called.

Proving that she is passionate about the job she bought herself as a young woman in her early 20s, Jess is going for her refrigerant handler’s licence, which allows her to get the gas out of appliances.

“It costs a lot of money but it is the right thing to do,” she said.

“We get about 500 (fridges) through here each year. I’m trying to make this work,” she said.

Gympie Regional Council community and economic development committee chairman Tony Perrett said the decision not to grant an extension was “definitely not” a personal one.

“The operator has been through the tender process numerous times and been successful,” Mr Perrett said.

“I am satisfied that everything has been done as it should.”

Gympie Times


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