Mayoral Column 14 September 2015

Published on 14 September 2015

Caption: Loddon Shire Council Cr Geoff Curnow (left) and Mayor Gavan Holt (right) are presented with a certificate from DrumMUSTER representative John Knight (centre).

DrumMUSTER thanks Loddon for its eco-friendly participation

DrumMUSTER made the trip to Wedderburn last month to thank Loddon Shire Council for its participation in a program which reduces landfill.

The program is industry funded by participating companies and allows for the recycling of chemical drums. By removing chemical drums from our landfills, we dramatically decrease the landfill wastage and extend the life of Loddon Shire Council’s waste management facilities.

Since 1999, Loddon Shire Council has collected 212,370 containers for recycling, which converts to 272 tonnes saved from our tips.

DrumMUSTER representative John Knight provided a background on the program before presenting Loddon Shire Council with a certificate.

Just for the seniors

The Loddon Shire’s Seniors Festival for 2015 is almost upon us. I encourage all of our senior residents to take advantage of the generous program Loddon Shire Council has put together.

The feature event will be Gala Day featuring entertainment from a show called the Victorian Government Anzac Road Show on Wednesday 7 October at the Serpentine Public Hall, with afternoon tea and transport provided.

Other activities include a trip to see a Neil Diamond tribute show at the Bendigo RSL, as well as a number of mystery trips.

Here in Loddon Shire, the Seniors Festival is a great opportunity for our valued older citizens to get out and really enjoy themselves with activities planned between Wednesday 30 September and Friday 23 October.

To find out more, watch out for the printed guide and keep an eye on Council’s website or phone the Serpentine office on 5437 7999.

Don’t forget, the annual Naturally Loddon Festival is on at the same time, so be sure to obtain a copy of the festival program and take part in events wherever you can.

I would encourage all our elderly citizens to make the most of what’s on offer – not just during this fun-filled week, but right through the year.

Residents can access road information

A website portal has made it easy for residents to have access to the latest information on when planned maintenance grading and capital works projects that will be conducted on local roads.

The information is available to allow residents to search for any particular road Council is responsible for to view the programmed works for the financial year.

The information will include: when the works crew will be in the area, and when works are expected to be completed.

Each capital or grading activity has been scheduled across the four quarters of the year.

If you wish to view any scheduled Loddon Shire Council road maintenance, visit the Council website, www.loddon.vic.gov.au, and click on ‘Search for capital and road grading works’ located on the right-hand side drop-down menu under ‘I want to’.

Improvements to boat ramp

Council has commenced the Bridgewater Boat Ramp project which will see the reconstruction of boat ramp and additional car parking.

With assistance from the state government under its Boating Safety and Facilities grant, the $240,000 project will see improvements to the ramp’s approach angle and width and also to pedestrian access and safety.

On the ground works will commence in September, with the project expected to be completed by December, in time for the warmer months.