Loddon Shire Mayoral Column 22 July 2019

Published on 22 July 2019

Share your views and concerns about litter and illegal dumping

The Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group together with Loddon Shire are seeking the community’s views, concerns and priorities about litter and illegal dumping in our region through an online community survey.

The survey is available through the Engage Victoria website until midnight Sunday 4 August 2019 at https://engage.vic.gov.au/regional-litter-and-illegal-dumping-plans/loddon-mallee 

The survey includes questions about many aspects of litter and illegal dumping. The results of the survey will help develop a Regional Litter and Illegal Dumping Plan that will include a number of actions to tackle the top five priorities.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, is confidential and anonymous. Individual responses will be collated and analysed as group data. There is also the chance to enter a draw to win a $100 gift card.

A stakeholder workshop will be held later in August to present the results of the survey and the available data to consider the region’s top five priorities and the actions needed to reduce litter and illegal dumping.

I strongly encourage everyone to have their say in this survey about litter and illegal dumping so our community’s views can be considered in the development of the Regional Litter and Illegal Dumping Plan.

On-Farm Internet of Things trial

An innovative trial testing the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technology on farms is now open to sheep farmers around Serpentine.

Over the next two years, Agriculture Victoria will partner with hundreds of farms in the trial across four regions: dairy in Maffra, grains in Birchip, sheep in Serpentine and horticulture in Tatura.

The trial will support Victorian farmers to investigate and capitalise on the opportunities of digital technology, putting themselves at the forefront of farming innovation.

Sheep farmers around Serpentine who want to take a low-risk approach to investing in new technology are encouraged to take part in the trial and test new devices that could boost their farm’s efficiency and productivity.

In the first round, eligible farmers will have access to grants of up to $30,000 to cover up to two-thirds of the cost of acquiring IoT technology from a catalogue of products put together for the trial.

Farmers can submit their Expression of Interest until 2 August 2019. To find out more visit http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/digital-agriculture 

Caring for Climate day coming to Inglewood

A free and inspiring full-day workshop at Inglewood Community Neighbourhood House aims to expand ideas and projects relating to changes in weather and support local solutions.

The Caring for Climate workshop is part of the Ramp Up Resilience community initiative, which aims to generate relevant discussion and effective action for individuals, businesses and towns.

The Inglewood workshop follows Ramp Up Resilience’s first event, Curious About Climate, which was held in Rochester last month and saw around 80 people from regional communities come together to discuss weather and climate. 

Caring for Climate will be held on Thursday 8 August from 10am to 4pm at Inglewood Community Neighbourhood House at 20 Verdon Street.

To register for the event visit https://bit.ly/2RCSL1e  

For more information about the Ramp Up Resilience initiative go to www.makeachange.org.au/ramp-up-resilience/

Regional Opportunities Showcase – Bendigo and Loddon Mallee

Discover how your business can benefit from the golden project pipeline through Industry Capability Network Victoria’s Regional Opportunities Showcase – Bendigo and Loddon Mallee.

The Regional Opportunities Showcase provides an invaluable opportunity to hear from project owners and government that have, and continue to, invest in our region and want you to be part of it.

The event will take place on Tuesday 30 July 2019 from 3.45pm to 7pm at Bendigo’s All Seasons Resort Hotel.

Refreshments and food will be available to all attendees. To register for the event visit https://bit.ly/32moFEa

For more information please email Noel Morton: nmorton@icnvic.org.au

Did you know?

According to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), illegal dumping can range from a single bag of household rubbish to larger household items such as TVs, appliances and electronic waste, furniture, mattresses, industrial wastes, construction and demolition materials, garden waste, packaging, tyres, old cars and soil.

If you come across rubbish that has been dumped in bushland, please call the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on 136 186.

For rubbish dumped on Council roadsides and reserves, please contact Council on 5494 1200. Please provide as many details as possible to help staff investigate the incident.