Loddon Shire Mayoral Column

Published on 15 April 2019

Reseals, culvert replacements, footpaths

Council’s annual road resealing program is currently taking place on various roads throughout the Shire. Some of the roads scheduled for resealing include Boort Quambatook Road, Borung Hurstwood Road, Dunolly Inglewood Road, Inglewood Serpentine Road, Laanecoorie Newbridge Road, Wilkinsons Swamp Road and more. Works are expected to be completed by the end of April.

Initial works on Connors Road, Leichardt (near the winery) will start from 23 April. The works will involve the bridge being replaced with culverts and other associated works. Please note, that the road will be closed at the site while these works take place. Works are anticipated to be completed by late May.

On 29 April, works will begin on Hudsons Lane (near Pyramid Hill) and on Mologa Durham Ox Road (near Yarrawalla South) for culvert replacement and widening of the road. The works are expected to take up to two weeks. While the roads will remain open, traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works.

Stormwater drainage upgrade works at Verdon Street in Inglewood are expected to start on 29 April. The works, which are anticipated to be completed by the second week of June, involve digging a trench north of the creek. It is expected these works will involve minimal disruptions.

Construction of footpaths in Wedderburn, Boort, Newbridge, Bridgewater and Mitiamo is now underway. In total, 729 metres of footpath will be constructed over seven locations – Station Street and Godfrey Street in Boort, Joffre Street in Mitiamo, Lyons Street in Newbridge, Lyndhurst Street in Bridgewater and two sites along Godfrey Street in Wedderburn.

The works involve the construction of concrete footpaths and other associated improvements, providing an all-weather footpath and improved connectivity and safety for pedestrians.

Mitchell Park lighting project

It was an honour to be part of the official launch of the lighting upgrade project at Pyramid Hill’s Mitchell Park during the opening round of the Loddon Valley Football Netball League season.

The project was made possible thanks to the Mitchell Park (Pyramid Hill) Committee of Management Incorporated, Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club and Loddon Shire Council in partnership with the Australian Football League, Netball Victoria, AFL Victoria and the Victorian Government.

I’d also like to congratulate the clubs on getting everything ready for the opening round of the season, the grounds were in fantastic order and it was a lovely day.

Have a safe Easter weekend

I’d like to wish all our community a happy, safe and relaxing Easter break. If you’re planning on heading away for the weekend, please take care on the road.

There’s always plenty to enjoy during the Easter long weekend in our region. This includes the Wedderburn Bowls Club Easter Carnival, Boort Tennis Club Easter Tournament and the 149th Rheola Charity Carnival at Rheola Pioneers Park.

To find out more, check the events calendar at www.loddon.vic.gov.au and select “Events calendar” from the dropdown box under the “Visit” tab.

Due to the Easter long weekend, Council offices in Wedderburn and Serpentine will close at 4.45pm on Thursday 18 April and reopen at 8.15am on Tuesday 23 April. Council offices will also be closed for the Anzac Day public holiday on Thursday, 25 April.

The Loddon Visitor Information Centre will be closed on Good Friday and Anzac Day, but is otherwise open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays and other public holidays. For enquiries phone 5494 3489.

Details regarding Anzac Day services are available from Council’s website www.loddon.vic.gov.au

There will be no changes to scheduled kerbside garbage and recycling collections during the Easter period or on Anzac Day. All waste facilities across the Shire are closed on public holidays.

Recycling – what happens to mattresses?

This week, our recycling focus turns to mattresses. During this financial year, 126 mattresses were collected in Loddon Shire (this does not include mattresses from hard waste collections).

Rather than go to landfill, mattresses are stripped and recycled to the fullest extent possible.

Council sends the mattresses to a processor to recycle steel, foam, latex, poly-urethane, coconut fibre and timber from bed bases.

Springs sets from mattresses get taken to a metal recycler to be processed for reuse in new metal products. Foam and fabric covers are sent to a carpet manufacturer where they are sanitised and reproduced into carpet underlay.

Timber is broken down to create garden mulch, while coconut fibre can be used as mulch and suppresses weeds. Crumbled down it can also substitute for peat. Felt can be used by furniture removalists, powder coaters and mechanics. It is also donated to animal shelters for use as bedding.

Did you know?

Following the recycling process, mattress materials left to waste are reduced to 0.05m³ from an average of 1.3m³ for a queen-sized mattress (approximately three per cent).