Gympie Loans and Trading owner Rob Pike checks out the bargains at the Gympie dump.
Gympie Loans and Trading owner Rob Pike checks out the bargains at the Gympie dump.

Ex-government office furniture going cheap at dump shop

YOU paid for it, so you may as well get some of the bargains.

But you had better hurry.

State Government office fittings that have already cost thousands of dollars to replace are now sitting, turning "to Wheatbix" in the drizzle at Gympie's Bonnick Rd Waste Management Facility.

While the State Government talks of austerity and gives taxpayers a stark choice between service cuts or tax increases, thousands of dollars are being thrown away in Gympie alone.

The second hand partitions, desks and cabinets now available for hardly anything at the "dump shop" recycling centre - aka Mitre 11 to many locals - may have little resale value, but there is nothing wrong with them for most of us, and few businesses experiencing tight times would bother to replace them.

They still work.

Most are unblemished.

And at $15 a panel for room dividers, $10 for desks and incredible bargains in clipboards, phones and cabinets, most of us would have kept them.

The dump shop is a popular source of sometimes incredible bargains for those of us doing the "heavy lifting" of federal and state government budget austerity measures.

But many might ask why the government itself is not doing so much of this heavy lifting.

As the Queensland Government spends $6 million promoting its Strong Choices campaign, claiming a need to lift taxes or sell off highly productive public assets, Gympie's city dump yesterday provided evidence that no-one has investigated a third alternative - making do.

The Transport and Main Roads Department did not want to admit the waste.

Yesterday, it asked The Gympie Times to provide proof that we knew of the dumping. It issued an explanation only after being sent a photograph.

Gympie second hand dealer, Rob Pike, of Gympie Loans and Trading in Monkland St, was at the dump yesterday searching through the bargains in ex-government office furniture.

He was not keen.

"If it's been in the rain it turns to Wheatbix," he said.

But the rain was not substantial and many shoppers were making the most of serious office furniture bargains yesterday.

You could (and still can) pick up room dividers for $15 a panel, a serviceable and almost blemish-free desk and drawers for $10, along with book shelves, cabinets and document storage items of various kinds.

It is all part of an earlier government efficiency drive, to shut down Gympie's Main Roads Department offices in River Rd, damaging the cash flow of the Gympie economy by relocating many professional and administrative jobs to Maroochydore.

With them went many important contributing citizens, part of the life of the city.

Returning the public service economy to Gympie was one of the election platforms that helped persuade voters.

A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman yesterday issued this response:

"When we have surplus furniture we relocate it, where possible, elsewhere in the department or to other government offices.

"All reusable furniture from our River Road office has been moved to our sites in Maroochydore and Bundaberg.

"The remaining desks and partitions were almost 20 years old and worth very little on the market.

"It would not be cost effective to auction, transport or store them."

The Queensland Government is currently seeking public feedback on how to wipe out $30 billion worth of debt, with plans to sell assets worth $32 billion.

OFFICE BARGAINS

 Desks

$10

 Cabinets

$10

 Room dividers

$15

 Also bargains in storage items, book shelves, clipboards, phones.