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Organic waste collection on the way

Moira Shire to roll out organic waste bins for residents.

TONI BRIENT May 6, 2014 3:58am

Don't panic, it's organic: Moira Shire Cr Wendy Buck prepares to unveil new organic waste bins to residents.


 

Moira Shire is going green with the implementation of an organic waste collection program to be rolled out across the region’s four major towns, including Cobram.

Under the scheme, households will be given a new 240litre mobile organics bin to dispose of leaves, bark, grass clippings, weeds, small prunings and branches, dry sawdust from untreated timber, food scraps and animal droppings and manure.

Moira Shire councillors voted at last month’s council meeting in Yarroweyah to implement the program, which is funded by Resource GV and Sustainability Victoria, from September 1.

Council estimates Moira residents generate about 4000tonnes of organic waste each year, which accounts for more than half of total kerbside waste collection and almost a third of all waste that ends up at Cobram landfill.

The organic waste collection program is estimated to cost $180000 a year at $90 for each property.

Council will receive $145000 funding plus access to a $50000 regional media campaign.

Also at the meeting, councillors voted to finalise the employment contract of incoming chief executive Mark Henderson.

The former Mildura Rural City Council chief executive was hired in March and will start work on May 19 on a five-year contract.

Cr Ed Cox said he hoped Mr Henderson would help councillors ‘‘work as a team together and respect each other’’.

‘‘I think it’s a step in the right direction for our future,’’ Cr Cox said.

Cr Brian Keenan said he thought it was the most important decision councillors would make during their terms on council.

Cr Keenan also thanked acting chief executive Peter Bertolus for assuming the role after former chief executive Gary Arnold was sacked by councillors in October.

Mr Bertolus will return to his previous position as a Moira director next month.

Councillors also voted to join neighbouring Campaspe Shire Council to lobby the Victorian Government to fully fund the State Emergency Service, voted to support a Hume region campaign to prevent domestic violence against women and children, and adopted a draft four-year economic strategy plan.

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