Mayoral Column 18 February 2019

Published on 18 February 2019

Hard waste collections

In early March, Council will conduct its annual kerbside hard waste collection of metals, recyclables and white goods.

If you live in the township boundaries of Boort, Pyramid Hill, Mitiamo, Dingee, Serpentine, Borung, Wychitella, Korong Vale, Wedderburn, Inglewood, Bridgewater, Newbridge, Tarnagulla, Laanecoorie or Eddington, please place items out on the nature strip on Sunday 3 March 2019.

Items should not be placed on the nature strip before 3 March 2019. Council staff will collect and remove these items from Monday 4 March 2019.

For residents in the Logan area, you can deposit hard waste at a collection point located on the Logan Kingower Road opposite the Avoca Forest Hotel on Sunday 3 March. 

If you’re a Fenton’s Creek resident, you can leave hard waste at a collection point located adjacent to the Fenton’s Creek Hall on Sunday 3 March.

This hard waste will also be collected and removed starting Monday 4 March 2019.

Items are to be sorted into piles (metal items, recyclable items and white goods). The total volume must not exceed one cubic metre in size. Please note, excessive or unsorted piles will not be collected.

Perishables, tyres, oils, batteries, paints and chemicals, car parts, mattresses, televisions, computers/monitors and garbage will not be picked up.

Any unsuitable items left behind after collections should be removed from your nature strip immediately.

Community grant applications opening soon

Applications for Council’s Community Grants Scheme will open in early March 2019.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for not-for-profit clubs and organisations based in the Loddon Shire to deliver projects that directly benefit residents.

The Community Grants Scheme aims to help not-for-profit organisations enhance the provision of activities, facilities or delivery of services to people in our community.

Successful grant applications are funded on a two-to-one basis. This means for every $2 provided by Council, the successful applicants must contribute a minimum of $1 towards the cost of the project. Up to 50 per cent of an applicant’s contribution can be in-kind.

Council started the scheme to assist recreation, sporting and service organisations to deliver projects that improve the quality of life for residents.

Last year the scheme allocated almost $142,000 in funding across the Shire, with 26 groups receiving full or partial funding.

Applications for Council’s Community Grants Scheme close at 5pm, Wednesday 1 May 2019. Please note, that applications must be submitted online through Smarty Grants. The link will be available on Council’s website prior to the grants opening in early March. Support will also be available to assist with the Smarty Grants process.

To find out more, call Council’s Community Support Team on 5494 1200.

Council wants your opinion

Council’s next quarterly community satisfaction survey is underway.

If you have received a survey asking you to confidentially provide your views and opinions about Loddon Shire Council, please ensure you return your survey by Monday 11 March.

The survey, which should take about 15 minutes to complete, is an opportunity to have your say on the Council services that matter most to you and provide feedback regarding Council and other issues. The input you provide is also valuable in terms of helping Council improve future service provision.

The survey is being undertaken on behalf of Council by Key Research Group and involves surveys to randomly selected households in the Shire.

Council is conducting these surveys with different community members every quarter. This is to ensure we get a range of feedback from as many of our residents as possible. You can expect to be asked to provide your feedback about once per year. 

If your household has received a survey and you have any questions or feedback about the survey, please call Thinkfield on 1800 671 887.  

The next survey will be conducted from Friday 5 April to Monday 29 April 2019.

Leadership program launch

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the latest participants in the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (LMCLP) every success.

For more than 20 years, the LMCLP has been a valuable program in helping shape our next generation of rural and regional leaders in our communities. 

The LMCLP held its 2019 launch last Friday (15 February), which was attended by my fellow councillors Geoff Curnow and Colleen Condliffe.

Did you know?

Since the Community Grants Scheme started in 2000/01, Council has provided around $2 million to support almost 700 community-based projects, worth more than $5 million.