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Mayoral Column 22 October 2018

Released on 22 October 2018

Fire Danger period declared

The Fire Danger Period for the Loddon Shire Council area began at 1am, Monday 22 October.

During the Fire Danger Period several fire restrictions and regulations apply, including around campfires and barbecues, burning off and other activities.

You can find out what you can or can’t do during the Fire Danger Period (and on days of Total Fire Ban) by visiting the CFA’s Can I or Can’t I information at cfa.vic.gov.au/can

If you’re travelling outside our Shire, make sure you’re aware of possible fire restrictions in other areas of the state. For a full list of municipalities with fire restrictions, visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/fire-restrictions 

Next “fee free” waste day

To support fire preparation activities, the next “fee free” waste disposal days are scheduled for 3 and 4 November 2018. These dates also coincide with the November long weekend.

“Fee free” waste disposal will take place on Saturday 3 November at the Inglewood Transfer Station from 8am to 12pm.

On Sunday 4 November, there will be “fee free” waste disposal at Boort Landfill from 1pm to 5pm, Pyramid Hill Landfill from 8am to 12pm, Newbridge Landfill from 1pm to 5pm, Wedderburn Transfer Station from 8am to 12pm and Dingee Transfer Station from 10am to 2pm.

You can dispose of up to four cubic metres of general domestic waste free of charge. This includes green waste, mixed recyclables, general household waste, e-waste, television and computer screens, and white goods.

Charges still apply for tyres, bricks and concrete and mattresses, as these items have additional third party costs associated with their disposal.

Remember to bring your licence or rates notice to verify your address.

East Loddon Remembers

East Loddon P-12 College is inviting community members to their Remembrance Day ceremony and grand opening of the East Loddon Remembers World War One Memorial site.

The event will take place on Friday 9 November at the East Loddon P-12 College, Dingee Road, Dingee, at 10.30am (for a 10.45am start). There will be morning tea at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Please RSVP to Sarah Clare by Wednesday 31 October by calling 5436 8300 or email clare.sarah.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

Rural Councils Victoria forum and MAV State Council

Last week I attended the Rural Councils Victoria forum with Councillor Geoff Curnow, Councillor Gavan Holt and Council’s Chief Executive Officer Phil Pinyon.

The forum included presentations from the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford as well as Opposition Leader and Victorian Liberal Party Leader Matthew Guy, regarding their respective parties’ policies for rural Victoria.

Other topics at the forum included local migration strategies to meet rural labour needs, rural Victorian population growth and workforce development, and advocacy for the upcoming state election.

On Friday 19 October, Councillor Neil Beattie and Councillor Holt represented Loddon Shire at the Municipal Association of Victoria’s (MAV) State Council, where Loddon Shire also put up a motion. 

Council’s motion requested the MAV advocate to the Victorian State Government for continuation of the Roadside Weeds and Pest Program funding beyond June 2019. This funding is essential to enable councils to maintain delivery of this program into the future.

The program is delivered in consultation with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport, and Resources and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Building Better Regions fund

Do you know a local not-for-profit organisation or club that could benefit from a share in $200 million of grant funding?

Applications for Round 3 of the Building Better Regions Fund are now open for community and infrastructure projects and initiatives that can create jobs, drive economic growth and boost tourism across our region.

To find out more visit www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund  

Applications close 15 November.

Did you know?

In 2017/18 there were 295,308 bin lifts for scheduled kerbside garbage and recycling collections within Loddon Shire.

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