The brutality of Broken Hill City Council's cost-cutting campaign was exhibited at last night's council meeting with the axing of a contract with one of the city's most successful and innovative businesses.
Australian Vermiculture has been processing green waste for over 10 years, converting 2,300 cubic metres of compost a month into products for biological farming methods.
Council decided last night to end the contract in March next year.
Australian Vermiculture's Del Price is devastated.
"We're really disappointed," Ms Price said.
"It's a business that we'd like to see the hub to be in Broken Hill but we've got things happening elsewhere."
Just last Tuesday, Broken Hill Community Foundation chairman Vince Gauci hailed Australian Vermiculture the biggest success story the foundation had seen in 13 years.
"They could go to any tip in Australia and build what they've built in Broken Hill," Mr Gauci said.
Councillors also voted to put out a tender for the sale of the Broken Hill Tourist Park.
Newly-elected deputy mayor Marion Browne said the sale was part of a process of deciding which council assets were providing a service to the community.
"We need to look at every single council asset," Cr Browne said.
"We need to review whether each of those is an essential part of council's business.
"I think that tonight's decision is a very appropriate one."
Councillors also approved a development application for a new caravan park and transportable home village proposed by the current lessees of the tourist park, who have expressed an interest in buying it.