In brief

August 11, 2017

City of Greater Shepparton is re-confirming contract compliance from all links in its recycling chain.

Recycling focus

Despite confidence Greater Shepparton City Council was ‘‘doing the right thing’’ with the city’s recycling, it will next week look into its practices to be absolutely certain.

The issue was raised on Monday night’s ABC Four Corners report, which claimed waste was being dumped rather than recycled.

Mayor Dinny Adem said council’s contracts ensured commitments to compliance were made, but that the council had wanted to be certain all links in the chain were complying.

‘‘We’re trying to track it right down to the end. If it’s not (complying), then will need to take some steps accordingly,’’ he said.

He said more detail would be delivered in coming days.

24-hour police

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy has called for a 24-hour police station in the Moira Shire.

Speaking in Parliament this week, Mr McCurdy asked the police minister when the community would get the 24-hour police station it needed.

Mr McCurdy said police resourcing was being neglected in country areas, following a spate of shop break-ins.

‘‘Our country communities are entitled to adequate law enforcement,’’ he said.

Mr McCurdy acknowledged current police members who do an outstanding job with the personnel they have but said a lack of a permanent police presence 24-hours-a-day was allowing the criminal element to roam free, knowing the police are out of town.

Moira Shire residents are preparing a petition to the Parliament of Victoria calling for a 24-hour police station.

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