Council debate was at a minimum on Wednesday. Here's what they did have to say...

Cr Joan White:

Cr White said the it had been a ‘diligent process” and “I think that gives the answer very clearly”.

“We have looked at everything.”

Cr Rick McDougall:

“We did have 15percent local weighing...We set out a rigorous process and its a win (For JJ Richads).

“I find it very difficult to go against the process we put in place.”

Cr McDougall also highlighted a $78,000 a year saving over 10 years

Cr Lachie Brennan:

“I’ve spent many sleepless nights reading this report...No matter how many times I look at it, at every recommendation, trying to convince my conscience to go the other way...How do we value the sponsorships for sport ( and school events) You see their sponsorship at every sporting event...I am voting with my conscience against the recommendation. It doesn’t sit right with me... going out of town.”

Cr Graeme Scheu:

“This is the biggest contract council will ever, ever issue...Have to be 100percent sure of everything.”

With reference to the saving of $78,000 “a year”.

“I will point out to Cr Brennan that this is equivalent to about a 1percent rate rise for every year over 10 years.”

“This process has been vigorous.”

“I share the same concerns as Cr Brennan, what I question is, Ii don’t how you could say that someone coming in wouldn’t do the same ( with regard to sponsorship and community commitment). That’s questionable, I would hope JJ Richards would become a valuable corporate citizen and I acknowledge that the two incumbents (E&E Waste and Proterra) are a particularly prime example of being a good corporate citizen.”

“It’s a tough decision but as council we’re supposed to make those tough decisions and the variance (in cost) is too great not to go with the recommendation.”

“I believe the difference is the survey (in 2010 which showed ratepayers wanted recycling but not if it would cost more)  

Cr Turner and Cr Kearney

Cr Turner wanted confirmed that due diligence had been done on whether JJ Richards was a “good corporate citizen” while Cr Kearney said that while he appreciated the comments of Cr Brennan he could not go against the findings of the process.

The Goondiwindi Regional Council. Pictured from left at back are Cr Lachlan Brennan, Cr David Turner, Cr Rob Mackenzie. In front from left Cr Rick Kearney, Cr Graeme Scheu and Cr Joan White. Missing Cr Rick McDougall.

The Goondiwindi Regional Council. Pictured from left at back are Cr Lachlan Brennan, Cr David Turner, Cr Rob Mackenzie. In front from left Cr Rick Kearney, Cr Graeme Scheu and Cr Joan White. Missing Cr Rick McDougall.