Costly outcome for rubbish dumpers MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has successfully prosecuted 11 rubbish dumpers in the past seven months, resulting in fines of $11,000. The shire says it is “continuing its zerotolerance approach to illegally dumped rubbish” with 10 cases of aggravated littering and one local law breach being heard at Dromana Magistrates’ Court. Two tree loppers and five peninsula businesses were among those prosecuted in the cases which resulted in $11,459 in fines and $2313 in costs being recovered to help pay for clean-ups and offset statutory costs. The shire’s environment protection unit is getting tough on rubbish dumpers by boosting patrols at dumping hot spots with CCTV and covert cameras and gates, fences and bollards to prevent access to parks and reserves. The shire says all dumping incidents will be investigated with a view to prosecuting offenders. The council has also begun letterbox drops calling for residents to provide information about waste dumps, and rolled out the Dobin-a-Dumper campaign to raise awareness of legal disposal methods. “Illegal dumping is a crime and can incur on-the-spot fines,” the mayor Cr David Gill said. “Council will investigate all reported cases and prosecute dumpers with penalties of up to $9500.” Cr Gill said dumped waste posed a “serious threat to our wildlife and can lead to contamination of land, waterways and groundwater”. “It’s not hard to do the right thing with a long list of items able to be disposed of for
little or no cost at our resource recovery centres, or use the waste vouchers on rates notices to book a kerbside collection. “The recent disruption to the recycling industry is another reminder of how crucial it is [that] we all make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of waste we produce, and dispose of rubbish and recycling correctly.” The shire spends more than $700,000 a year cleaning up illegally dumped waste. A total of 4518 cases of illegal dumping have been reported in the past 12 months. “Hardworking ratepayers’ money could be put to much better use in our community,” Cr Gill said. The most commonly dumped items are mulch, green waste, hard waste, such as furniture and miscellaneous items, and tyres. Items that can be dropped off for free at the resource recovery centres include household recyclables, steel goods (excluding fridges and air conditioners), bikes, computers, TVs, paint (up to 100 litres), gas cylinders (up to 9kg); motor oil (up to 20 litres), fluorescent globes and tubes and batteries. Green waste can be taken to the resource recovery centres using waste vouchers or disposed of through the shire’s no-charge green waste events twice a year. For a full list of items you can dispose of for free, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/wasteguide Peninsula households can book free kerbside waste collections for green and hard waste on 5950 1406. Report dumpers at mornpen.vic.gov.au/ dobinadumper or call 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000.
Reading bookmarks a milestone THELMA Kirkman celebrated her 106th birthday sharing her love of literature with children from Goodstart Early Learning Centre, Benton’s Road, Mornington. The Benetas Corowa Court, Mornington resident, a former secretary of Tasmanian State Library, was delighted to mark the milestone with a session that promoted the importance of reading from a young age. Described as an “incredibly humble and generous” person, Ms Kirkman didn’t want to make a fuss, so Benetas staff organised the event so she could share her passion and knowledge with the youngsters who are all a century younger than she is. Farrell’s Bookshop, Mornington, discounted the books which were handed out to each child along with some cakes. “Mum has never been one for the spotlight,” Mrs Kirkman’s daughter Pat Cooper said. “It’s been wonderful that she’s been able to celebrate by sharing her love for reading and her endless thirst for knowledge with the kindergarten children.” Acting general manager of residential services Melanie Mazzarolli said: “Occasions like this don’t come around often. “It’s incredible that we are able to celebrate this amazing milestone and give Thelma a memorable experience aligned with her passion for books. “Being able to share her love of literature with the next generation, and seeing the wonderment in their faces, is truly a touching moment.” The oldest resident at Corowa Court, Mrs Kirkman has lived on four continents, through two world wars and is said to be “in great shape with energy and curiosity that is unwavering”.
On the same page: Thelma Kirkman talks books with her young audience. Picture: Supplied
You are invited to a Community Drop-in Session to learn more about the proposed Boundary Road Quarry Project. The proposed Boundary Road Quarry is currently going through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process. An EES is the most rigorous government process for assessing projects in Victoria. Over the next few years a range of scientific, environmental and social studies will be completed, including ongoing consultation with the local community and stakeholder organisations. The EES assessment The EES Scoping requirements have outlined a range of studies that need to be completed as part of the assessment of this project:
Drop-in to learn more about the EES process and the baseline studies completed so far.
These include the following:
Land use & planning Traffic Noise Flora & fauna Social & economic - impacts and benefits Blasting Surface & groundwater
Reserves & resource value and quality Quarry geotechnical design Landscape & visual Cultural & historic heritage Air quality Rehabilitation requirements - options and alternatives
Other studies may be prepared as the project progresses. What is a baseline study? Step one of the technical study process is the completion of baseline studies for the site. The purpose of a baseline study is to provide an information base of existing conditions in and around the proposed Boundary Road Quarry site.
Email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org Call us on: 1300 407 690
Tuesday, 27 August, 2019
Where: Safety Beach Sailing Club 185 Marina Drive, Safety Beach Time:
2 - 8pm
State government representatives and the Boundary Road Project team will be present to answer questions. There is no formal presentation so you can drop in at any time. For more information about the drop-in session contact Sally or Margie using the contact details below.
Visit our website: www.boundaryroad.com.au
13 August 2019
Mornington News 13 August 2019