A plan to put in place a user-pay rubbish collection system for campers in Torrumbarry is being put to Campaspe Shire by the region's residents.By Trent Horneman
Torrumbarry residents will approach Campaspe Shire councillors to support a plan for a user-pay rubbish collection system for campers in the region’s bushland.
Resident Greg Callaway will ask for councillors to support a plan which would allow campers to pay for specially-marked rubbish bags which could be deposited at a specially-marked site.
Mr Callaway said the system would generate money to cover the cost of rubbish collection and transportation.
Late last year Mr Callaway fronted Campaspe Shire councillors, asking them to fund a mini transfer station at O’Dwyers Rd, after Parks Victoria successfully trialled it the summer before.
Parks Victoria refused to fund the transfer station, while Campaspe Shire councillors opted against funding it, claiming responsibility lied with Parks Victoria and that it should not be left to cover the $30,000 clean up bill.
Mr Callaway said he wanted Campaspe Shire to get behind his plan.
‘‘Parks Victoria and Campaspe Shire both claim a lack of funding when it comes to the issue of managing this rubbish. Here is a way in which we can cover the cost of rubbish disposal,’’ he said.
‘‘Parks and the shire have baulked at this issue for far too long.
‘‘The only way we can seem to get something done about this issue is to do it ourselves.’’
Mr Callaway said Campaspe Shire issued a skip bin to Torrumbarry to help with campers’ rubbish, but would not allow it to be emptied until council staff gave approval.
‘‘Of course they were on holidays during the Christmas and New Year period. I had to ring around to find the relevant staff member to finally have it collected,’’ he said.
Mr Callaway claimed staff from Citywide, who are responsible for managing the region’s roadside reserves, were collecting about six tonnes of rubbish a week.
‘‘From what I can see, the majority of campers leave their rubbish in bags, but they simply have nowhere to put it,’’ he said.
‘‘Citywide have started to remove rubbish bins from roadsides to try to deter visitors from dumping rubbish at roadside stops.’’
Mr Callaway said he planned to raise the issue with councillors at Campaspe Shire’s first meeting for 2013 on Tuesday, starting at 5pm.
It comes as the Victorian Government releases a tough new stance on litter.
Environment and Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith this week said each year Victorian dropped 14,560 tonnes of litter, costing taxpayers $78
As part of the new ‘A cleaner Victoria is in your hands’ initiative, the Victorian Government has upped fines for littering.
Among the new fines, the fine for dropping a lit cigarette has increased from $282 to $564.
Mr Smith also encouraged residents to dob in litterers to the Environmental Protection Authority on 1300 372 842.
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