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What a load of Rubbish!

By Belligerent Bruce

This is the latest rubbish dumping effort in the Goulburn River precinct. This problem has been going on for years. I wrote about it in my manifesto last year and called for council to (among other things) give a free tip voucher to all residents and have a hard rubbish collection. You can read the article here.

Now, those calls fell on deaf council ears and I don't want to go over old ground but lately there have been renewed calls for a hard rubbish collection from many residents.

                                           More rubbish dumped near Shepparton Cemetery recently

Shepparton resident Paul Shaw has recently asked the council to introduce a hard rubbish collection, see "News" article below.

The council say they have consulted with the public, really? What a load of rubbish! I don't know anyone who was consulted and I certainly don't know anyone who thinks a hard rubbish collection is a BAD idea.

A hard rubbish collection and tip vouchers would help reduce illegal dumping and unwanted items going to landfill as "one persons rubbish is another's treasure".

Introducing such a commonsense scheme would be a good way for the new mayor, Cr Seema Abdullah to show she is interested in doing practical things for our community and environment.

So how about it Shepparton City Council?

Speaking of the new Mayor, I wonder if she is willing to push to have our council join approximately 50 other progressive Australian councils (including Sydney City Council) in declaring a climate emergency?

This declaration, as suggested by locals, Robert McLean, John Pettigrew and Terry Court would show that our council is a leader NOT a follower.

Take no notice of the "flat earthers" who don't believe in Climate Change, we do not have time for that debate, it's been done and dusted.

Shepparton City Council show some leadership please.

                                          STOP PRESS.

Councillor Seema Abdullah has responded to this article. 

For those interested see below.

Thank you for your message and comments in relation to tip tickets, hard rubbish collection and the environment.

Council received 105 submissions to its recent review of the Greater Shepparton Waste Management Strategy including comments such as yours about free tip vouchers and hard rubbish collection.

As you would appreciate, there is nothing free about tip vouchers and it is simply a method whereby ratepayers are subsidising those who chose to go to the transfer station. Tip vouchers would come at a substantial cost to the community with potential increases to waste collection rates, and is estimated to far out weigh the additional cost associated with annual or biannual  clean-up programs in the nearby park areas for those who chose to dump illegally.

Hard rubbish collection has been tried by some councils but abandoned by many as this process has occupational health and safety issues for collectors including the potential for hazardous waste,poses a risk for children, is unsightly, causes uncontrolled scavenging on nature strips and generally does not encourage reuse and recycling which is a foundation of our waste minimisation strategy.

In relation to the environment it is Local Government that is generally leading the way and Greater Shepparton has many environmental projects of significance.  As we know, State Government has set very high standards for renewable energy and the Federal Government is allocating some funding for various projects also.

Some of the steps taken by Council in this direction include where Greater Shepparton:

 *   has purchased 100% renewable energy,
 *   is establishing a large scale solar farm in conjunction with GV Community energy,
 *   has started a program of purchasing electric vehicles and
 *   is working with the youth of the area on the Shepparton Statement, an online platform for youth to share ideas and have their inputs into Council’s future environmental policy.

The environment is critical to us all but particularly to the Goulburn Valley where a large percentage of the Nations’ agriculture is grown or processed therefore it is in all of our interests to continue to set high standards and to make change for the good. This is the space that Greater Shepparton is operating in and we continue to listen to the many views in relation to the environment including the call for a declaration of climate crisis. Council will continue to consider this, however, our current focus is to deliver positive environmental action either through the issues mentioned above, our One Tree per Child program, planning reforms to save paddock trees or the significant work put into our recent flood study.

Again I thank you for your interest in these matters.


Seema Abdullah
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Cr Seema Abdullah

Greater Shepparton City Council

Phone:        (03) 5832 9884
Mobile:       0419896685
Fax:              (03) 5831 1987
Email:          [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

What do you think??