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COMMUNITY groups are now sharp-
ening their pencils ahead of apply for
grants from South Gippsland Shire
Group members discovered how to improve
their chances of receiving a community grant at
workshops at council’s chambers in Leongatha
last Tuesday, July 19.
They learnt how to apply online via council’s
SmartyGrants application process.
Round one of council’s 2016-2017 Commu-
nity Grants program opened on July 1 and closes
on August 31, 2016.
By Brad Lester
VENUS Bay residents will still have a
compulsory six month rubbish service,
after South Gippsland Shire Council
hailed the first such collection a success.
The service was introduced to counteract the prob-
lem of household rubbish being dumped at public lit-
ter bins in Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower – “the cheap
and easy way out” said council’s waste management
supervisor Peter Roberts.
As a result, less household rubbish is now be-
ing dumped in public bins and also at the Venus Bay
Garbage service a winner
transfer station, reducing waiting times and the need
for council to cart rubbish to the Koonwarra landfill.
Despite the success of the service, council has
vowed to keep the Venus Bay transfer station open
and operating at existing hours.
Cr Kieran Kennedy said the transfer station was
well used year round by people clearing properties to
reduce fire risk.
The compulsory service for the 2016-17 year will
start on Monday, November 7, 2016 and end on Mon-
day, April 24, 2017.
The six month service will cost a household
$145.25 and residents can choose the optional year
round service for $227.
“If you are someone who puts your bin out ev-
ery week, it will provide value for money. If you are
someone who puts your bin out every few weeks,
then not so much,” Mr Roberts said.
The first compulsory six month service occurred
from Monday, November 2, 2015 to Monday, April
25, 2016, collecting 101 tonnes of garbage and 46
tonnes of recycling from Venus Bay.
Bagged household waste dumped in public litter
bins has since dropped from up to 80 percent of bins’
contents before the service was introduced to less
than 20 percent.
More than 40 property owners have opted to take
up a full year service.
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council en-
countered opposition to its compulsory
rubbish collection service at Venus Bay.
People complained about it being compulsory, the
cost and also the colour of the bins - green, yellow and
red – coded to indicate six or 12 month collection.
During a council briefing last Wednesday, Cr Nigel
Hutchinson-Brooks said residents believed the colour of
the bins was “jarring on the landscape” and asked if they
could paint the bins artistically.
Council’s waste management supervisor Peter Rob-
erts responded, “As long as we can see if they are 12
month or six month bins, then we have no problem with
people decorating them artistically.”
Council officers patrolled Venus Bay to ensure bins
were not being left out for too long after being emptied.
Another problem was collection weeks not aligning
with Labour Day, Easter and Anzac Day, and the final
collection for April not aligning with recycling week.
In 2017, the recycling week will align with Labour
Day and the final collection week, but not Easter. In
2017, Anzac Day falls after the final collection.
Council will inform people of the final collection
date for April by advertising in local newspapers, Ve-
nus Bay newsletters and signs at the Venus Bay transfer
“If we extended the service, it would come at a cost
to council and would be passed on in the rates,” Mr Rob-
erts said, adding extending the service by a week could
cost up to $10,000.
Despite increasing the number of public litter bins
and how often these were emptied, illegal dumping per-
In July 2013, council introduced optional kerbside
garbage and recycling collection for Venus Bay proper-
While more than 200 Venus Bay property owners
took up the service, the problem of illegal dumping
continued as more than 1400 properties were without
The problem compounded when Parks Victoria re-
moved public litter bins from beaches two, three, four
and five in August 2015.
In the running: from left, eager to learn more about grant opportunities available from
South Gippsland Shire Council were Judith Whatley, Meryl Agars, Yvonne Ralph and Janet
Smythe, between them representing Toora Hall, Mount Best Hall, Toora Pear Orchard, and
Toora and District Family History Group.
Grants now open
Artists may transform bins
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