Signs of the times

Four new Adopt-a-roadside signs were installed in Tatura recently by VicRoads as part of Transition Tatura’s campaign.

May 8, 2014 3:55am

Ross Musolino with one of the new Adopt-a-roadside signs on Dhurringile Rd near Hogan St.

Transition Tatura members and friends began work on Dhurringile Rd in October 2012, and have conducted four clean-up days so far.

The two roadsides targeting in this project are Dhurringile Rd between the Midland Hwy and Hogan St, and Tatura-Rushworth Rd between Winter Rd and the 60 km sign.

The Adopt-a-roadside program is a partnership between VicRoads, Sustainability Victoria and Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria.

Transition Tatura spokesperson Marissa O’Halloran said more than 6.5 cubic m of rubbish had been collected during the four clean-ups.

‘‘The sheer amount of rubbish collected is incredibly disappointing, as not only does it cause damage to the environment and blocks drains and culverts, but it also creates an eyesore for visitors into Tatura,’’ she said.

‘‘Most rubbish has consisted of cans and plastic bottles, fast-food packaging, cigarette packets and alcohol bottles.

‘‘Unusual items collected during clean-ups have included roof tiles, irrigation pipes, car parts, nappies, an X-ray, crowbar, number plate, toilet seat and lid still in the box (brand new), a box of nail plates (for timber), sunglasses and cash.’’

Ms O’Halloran said in October 2012, more than 4 cubic m of rubbish was picked up along Dhurringile Rd (about 5000 pieces of rubbish).

In March 2013 more than 1.5 cubic m (2400 items) was collected and 1.2 cubic m of rubbish was collected in November 2013.

Transition Tatura’s Ross Musolino told the Guardian there was ‘‘a lot of rubbish hidden in the grass and collected in drains and culverts, a lot more than is visible from the road’’.

Transition Tatura encouraged anyone who witnessed littering to contact the Environment Protection Authority and report the offence because littering was illegal.

Phone the EPA littering hotline on 1300 372 842, report online through the EPA website, or use downloadable apps from the EPA website.

Fines for litterers range from $288 for small items, to $577 for items such as lit cigarettes and matches.

The EPA estimated littering cost communities around $78 million annually in clean-up bills, and resulted in adverse environmental outcomes.

Mr Musolino thanked everyone who had been involved with the clean-ups so far, and encouraged anyone seeing littering offences to report them.

‘‘For more information, look us up on Facebook (Transition Towns Tatura) or call me on 0407 845 247,’’ he said.

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