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Council denies kickbacks from dodgy garbos

More allegations continue to surface about under fire garbage collection company United Resource Management (URM).

Ray Hadley revealed the business has been raided by police and the RMS this week, with inspectors finding a wide range of defects and a driver allegedly working without a licence.

URM’s fleet was also raided in February after one of its trucks hit and killed grandmother Hane Mathieson at Dee Why while she was pushing her grandson in a pram.

At the time, inspectors found dozens of defects across the URM fleet of trucks.

Now, the entire fleet has been given until Monday to present for inspection.

On Thursday, one of URM’s Directors phoned The Ray Hadley Morning Show, threatening Ray’s staff and Ray with legal action.

It’s now sparked a raft of emails from current and former employees, presenting a whole range of allegations about URM’s work practices.

One allegation is that URM hosted Northern Beaches Council members on a yacht during the tender process.

URM has been recommended as the preferred supplier of garbage trucks to the Northern Beaches following that process and is now in contract negotiations.

Northern Beaches Council strongly denies any suggestions of wrongdoing (extended statement below):

“Any suggestion that the process followed has been anything other than of the highest levels of probity and integrity are a spurious and offensive slur on our highly professional and committed waste managers. Any such suggestions are strongly refuted.

“Negotiations are continuing and the outcome will be reported back to Council for a final decision in the coming months.”

Ray pointed out someone at the Northern Beaches council has obviously found the thesaurus.

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Northern Beaches Council – extended statement

“Over the last few months, Council has undertaken a thorough and robust tender process to find the best organisation to deliver a high quality, safe and value for money domestic waste services for our community.

“This tender process identified United Resource Environmental Management Pty Ltd (URM) and SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Pty Ltd. (SUEZ) as the top two ranked tenderers.

“Council decided at its June meeting to enter into negotiations with URM, and then SUEZ if those negotiations are unsuccessful.

“Council’s process on the waste tender has followed the highest levels of probity and integrity.

Any suggestion that the process followed has been anything other than of the highest levels of probity and integrity are a spurious and offensive slur on our highly professional and committed waste managers. Any such suggestions are strongly refuted.

“Negotiations are continuing and the outcome will be reported back to Council for a final decision in the coming months.”

 

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