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BUY DIRECT & SAVE! BUY DIRECT & SAVE! If you're after Roller Blinds, Plantation Shutters, Stephen Taylor THE cost of cleaning up illegally dumped rubbish at the Arthurs Seat State Park and Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve is taking away money that could go to both parks’ upkeep, according to Parks Victoria. Parks Victoria ranger Luke Ashford said weekly dumps of household and green waste, building material, old furniture and timber offcuts, had to be cleaned up by two rangers over an average two hours each week costing $36,000 a year. “That’s money that’s not going back into parks where it should be going,” he said. Parks Victoria spokeswoman Sally Nowlan said the cost of clearing the most recent waste dumping at Arthurs Seat would be about $2500 – more than usual as the rubbish had been pushed over a cliff making retrieval difficult. She said another waste dump “hotspot” was Devilbend Natural Features Reserve, Moorooduc. Mr Ashford said dumpers are even resorting to cutting wire fences so they could drive their waste into parks to dump it. The cost of replacing fencing adds to the clean-up bill. He said ill-informed residents backing onto reserves often just threw their green waste over the fence, thinking it would go unnoticed. This can

spread weeds in the parks harming indigenous plants. Ms Nowlan said the annual clean up cost statewide is close to $1 million. “It happens every week and we are really sick of it,” she said. “It takes massive amounts of time and money to clean it up. “Often the rubbish is recyclable, so why they have to dump it I don’t know. One load even included a bag of dirty nappies. “We are looking at installing surveillance cameras at rubbish ‘hotspots’ because we have to track these pests down.” Mornington Peninsula Shire acting infrastructure services executive manager Graham Riley said it is “disappointing” when rubbish is dumped at parks and reserves. “We encourage the community to respect the peninsula and take care of our environment,” he said. “The collection of dumped rubbish and general litter costs us more than $480,000 each year. The shire provides extra capacity garbage, recycling and green waste bins to residential properties for an additional fee.” Environment Protection Authority officers are always on the lookout for dumpers who face fines of $317 for basic litter but up to $800 for rubbish containing dangerous material, such as glass. Businesses face fines of up to $250,000.

School appeals car park knock-back Stephen Taylor PADUA College will appeal to the Victorian and Civil Administration Tribunal against Mornington Peninsula Shire’s decision to refuse a planning permit for a car park in Oakbank Rd, Mt Eliza. The case will be heard in late January. The council refused the school’s application on the grounds it would reduce agricultural land; limit agricultural activities on adjoining land; be incompatible with agricultural activities in a green wedge zone; and is at odds with the peninsula’s planning scheme. The council believes the school has not demonstrated how its proposal would relate to sustainable land management under the Environmental Significance Overlay. Padua College Mornington straddles the urban growth boundary with its western section in the special use zone and eastern section green wedge zone. The college abuts four-hectare rural properties

within that zone. No new buildings are included in the application, but a 197-space crushed rock car park is proposed for the front section opposite the college. The school also wants to use a former dwelling on the site as an exhibition space and spiritual retreat, and landscape the north and south-east sections of the car park. Eight objectors cited conflict with the objectives of the green wedge zone; incompatibility with existing agricultural activities; loss of amenity relating to noise, light spillage and litter; after hours and weekend use; vehicles and pedestrians; contributes to existing drainage problems, and property values. Padua College has 1528 secondary students at its Mornington campus. Numbers are expected to increase to 2050 students by 2019 as a result of relocating year 10 students from its Rosebud and Tyabb campuses. Staff numbers will increase by 25 per cent to 250. A minimum of 282 car spaces will be required to cater for this increased demand, the school says.

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Waste not wanted: Rubbish dumped at Langwarrin last week. Other piles of rubbish have been removed from roadsides and bushland at Arthurs Seat. Picture: Yanni Mornington News 12 September 2017


12 September 2017  

Mornington News 12 September 2017