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Recycling development plans

20 Jun 2018 • Seymour Telegraph, Seymour VIC (General News) The Seymour Resource Recovery Centre (on the site of the old Seymour 'tip' on Hume and Hovell Rd) will close from Monday, July 16 and re-open at a temporary site at the Mitchell Landfill in Hilldene (on Seymour-Tooborac Rd) from July 23, while plans for a new permanent centre are developed. The temporary centre will provide the full range of waste and resource recovery services. However, due to smaller capacity at the temporary Hilldene site, it will only operate on Mondays from 10 am to 3 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to noon. The Broadford Resource Recovery Centre will open for three extra days from July 16 onwards, opening from noon to 4 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. The Victorian Government also this week announced $500 000 towards a new permanent centre at Hilldene, which Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said will help provide an "exciting" new facility that could include a range of recycling services and a waste education centre. Cr Sanderson said Council hopes the new centre will be operating by 2020, with the temporary centre and extended days at Broadford in place until then. Drop-in sessions to gather ideas for the new permanent centre will be held on July 19 and 21 at Chittick Park Community Place. Cr Sanderson said she was grateful for the community's patience while plans for the new permanent centre are developed. "The Hume and Hovell site needs to close so we can undertake landfill rehabilitation of the old tip site as part of the legal requirements for operating the former landfill there," she said. "We've been working very hard behind the scenes to secure an alternative site so people from Seymour and surrounds can still access this important service while plans for a permanent centre are developed. "Unfortunately, this means we've had to reduce days and hours at the new temporary Seymour site. "We understand this will be inconvenient in the short term, however, it does mean people can still access the full range of services until the new permanent site is operational. "We've also added three extra days at Broadford to help a little as well. It's a bit further to travel, but if people can't get to the Seymour site on Monday or Saturday, they still have options." Cr Sanderson encouraged the community to share their ideas for the new permanent centre at the upcoming drop-in sessions. "At the same time, we're developing plans for an exciting new permanent facility at the Hilldene site," she said. "The Victorian Government has announced a $500 000 contribution to the new facility through its Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund. This funding will help us deliver an innovative facility for the region and I'd like to thank Upper House Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes for supporting our application." Cr Sanderson said it was an exciting time to be looking at creating a new facility. "There are so many exciting things happening in the recycling and resource recovery sector at the moment," she said. "By working in partnership with the Victorian Government to secure this funding we hope to be a key player in this space so our community can benefit with increased local jobs, better environmental outcomes and less waste ending up in landfill. "This is an opportunity for our community to let us know what sort of services they would like to access at the new permanent centre and what ideas they might have to encourage more recycling and innovative waste management and education throughout our shire." Drop-in sessions will be held at Chittick Park Community Place from 4.30 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, July 19 and from 10 am to 1.30 pm on Saturday, July 21, with all welcome. More information including a survey about the services people would like to see at the new permanent centre is also available at www.engagingmitchellshire.com/seymourresource-recovery

Recycling development plans

20 Jun 2018 • Seymour Telegraph, Seymour VIC (General News) The Seymour Resource Recovery Centre (on the site of the old Seymour 'tip' on Hume and Hovell Rd) will close from Monday, July 16 and re-open at a temporary site at the Mitchell Landfill in Hilldene (on Seymour-Tooborac Rd) from July 23, while plans for a new permanent centre are developed. The temporary centre will provide the full range of waste and resource recovery services. However, due to smaller capacity at the temporary Hilldene site, it will only operate on Mondays from 10 am to 3 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to noon. The Broadford Resource Recovery Centre will open for three extra days from July 16 onwards, opening from noon to 4 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. The Victorian Government also this week announced $500 000 towards a new permanent centre at Hilldene, which Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said will help provide an "exciting" new facility that could include a range of recycling services and a waste education centre. Cr Sanderson said Council hopes the new centre will be operating by 2020, with the temporary centre and extended days at Broadford in place until then. Drop-in sessions to gather ideas for the new permanent centre will be held on July 19 and 21 at Chittick Park Community Place. Cr Sanderson said she was grateful for the community's patience while plans for the new permanent centre are developed. "The Hume and Hovell site needs to close so we can undertake landfill rehabilitation of the old tip site as part of the legal requirements for operating the former landfill there," she said. "We've been working very hard behind the scenes to secure an alternative site so people from Seymour and surrounds can still access this important service while plans for a permanent centre are developed. "Unfortunately, this means we've had to reduce days and hours at the new temporary Seymour site. "We understand this will be inconvenient in the short term, however, it does mean people can still access the full range of services until the new permanent site is operational. "We've also added three extra days at Broadford to help a little as well. It's a bit further to travel, but if people can't get to the Seymour site on Monday or Saturday, they still have options." Cr Sanderson encouraged the community to share their ideas for the new permanent centre at the upcoming drop-in sessions. "At the same time, we're developing plans for an exciting new permanent facility at the Hilldene site," she said. "The Victorian Government has announced a $500 000 contribution to the new facility through its Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund. This funding will help us deliver an innovative facility for the region and I'd like to thank Upper House Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes for supporting our application." Cr Sanderson said it was an exciting time to be looking at creating a new facility. "There are so many exciting things happening in the recycling and resource recovery sector at the moment," she said. "By working in partnership with the Victorian Government to secure this funding we hope to be a key player in this space so our community can benefit with increased local jobs, better environmental outcomes and less waste ending up in landfill. "This is an opportunity for our community to let us know what sort of services they would like to access at the new permanent centre and what ideas they might have to encourage more recycling and innovative waste management and education throughout our shire." Drop-in sessions will be held at Chittick Park Community Place from 4.30 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, July 19 and from 10 am to 1.30 pm on Saturday, July 21, with all welcome. More information including a survey about the services people would like to see at the new permanent centre is also available at www.engagingmitchellshire.com/seymourresource-recovery

Resource recovery station to be built

20 Jun 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) Benalla will see its share of more than $7 million for infrastructure development earmarked for northern Victoria. The state government has announced the funding, which is an investment aimed at waste reduction and improving infrastructure. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the second round of the state government's Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund (RRIF) had delivered nearly $1.5 million in funding to develop improved facilities in the region, which would benefit local families and the environment. Benalla is one of four local government areas in Northern Victoria to received RRIF funding. The money will be used by Benalla Rural City Council to build a modern resource recovery transfer station at its landfill site. The $900 000 project includes $440 000 from the state government and will feature realigned internal roads to improve traffic flow, provision of concrete pavement areas, earthworks and construction of a saw tooth roofed building including areas for resource recovery and a resource recovery shed. The project will improve the efficiency of the Benalla landfill and lift the amount of material not going to landfill from 35 per cent to 55 per cent. This equates to 13 000 tonnes of waste sent to landfill and 7000 tonnes of waste recovered. Ms Symes said the local council project demonstrated the government's commitment to supporting councils build more sustainable resource-recovery systems across Victoria and help families reduce their waste. "Working with local government, Labor is helping to encourage recycling and develop industries that reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill," Ms Symes said. "Projects right across country Victoria are worth more than $42 million and are expected to create 50 new jobs and divert more than 85 000 tonnes of materials from landfill each year. "This is good for jobs, improves opportunities for local business, and the local environment." Applications from businesses and councils have opened for the third round of the RRIF. Up to $3 million is available for businesses and councils to introduce or upgrade resource recovery infrastructure projects. Grants of between $40 000 and $500 000 are available. The RRIF is a partnership between the Victorian government, local government and the business community, which is increasing investment across the economy and helping to set up a more diverse economy for a better economic future. To find out more about applying for round three funding under the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Program, go to www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/ RRIF_Infrastructure_Grants Working with local government, Labor is helping to encourage recycling and develop industries that reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.?

Resource recovery station to be built

20 Jun 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) Benalla will see its share of more than $7 million for infrastructure development earmarked for northern Victoria. The state government has announced the funding, which is an investment aimed at waste reduction and improving infrastructure. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the second round of the state government's Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund (RRIF) had delivered nearly $1.5 million in funding to develop improved facilities in the region, which would benefit local families and the environment. Benalla is one of four local government areas in Northern Victoria to received RRIF funding. The money will be used by Benalla Rural City Council to build a modern resource recovery transfer station at its landfill site. The $900 000 project includes $440 000 from the state government and will feature realigned internal roads to improve traffic flow, provision of concrete pavement areas, earthworks and construction of a saw tooth roofed building including areas for resource recovery and a resource recovery shed. The project will improve the efficiency of the Benalla landfill and lift the amount of material not going to landfill from 35 per cent to 55 per cent. This equates to 13 000 tonnes of waste sent to landfill and 7000 tonnes of waste recovered. Ms Symes said the local council project demonstrated the government's commitment to supporting councils build more sustainable resource-recovery systems across Victoria and help families reduce their waste. "Working with local government, Labor is helping to encourage recycling and develop industries that reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill," Ms Symes said. "Projects right across country Victoria are worth more than $42 million and are expected to create 50 new jobs and divert more than 85 000 tonnes of materials from landfill each year. "This is good for jobs, improves opportunities for local business, and the local environment." Applications from businesses and councils have opened for the third round of the RRIF. Up to $3 million is available for businesses and councils to introduce or upgrade resource recovery infrastructure projects. Grants of between $40 000 and $500 000 are available. The RRIF is a partnership between the Victorian government, local government and the business community, which is increasing investment across the economy and helping to set up a more diverse economy for a better economic future. To find out more about applying for round three funding under the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Program, go to www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/ RRIF_Infrastructure_Grants Working with local government, Labor is helping to encourage recycling and develop industries that reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.?

Help for wildlife carers

20 Jun 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) Benalla's Sharon Miles has received $1840 in Victorian Government funding to help run a local wildlife shelter. The state government has provided $170 000 in funding to assist Victoria's wildlife rehabilitators to help care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. State Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes has announced funding for 17 shelter operators and foster carers in northern Victoria. The funding is part of the 2017/18 Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants, with each recipient receiving up to $2000. The grants recognise the important work undertaken by rehabilitators and will help with the cost of caring for Victoria's diverse wildlife. The program supports wildlife rehabilitators to buy equipment and infrastructure to assist with the operation of their facilities and to attend appropriate training. "We're making sure our local volunteers have the tools and the training to protect our native wildlife." Ms Symes said. "These grants are helping our rehabilitators respond to incidents like bushfires, floods and oil spills that can affect our wildlife. "This is about supporting the volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife when they need it most." Now in its 10th year, the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program has provided more than $1.3 million since it began in 2008. Applications for the 2018/19 round of the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program will open on July 1. To apply for a grant, visit wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildliferehabilitator-grants

Help for wildlife carers

20 Jun 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) Benalla's Sharon Miles has received $1840 in Victorian Government funding to help run a local wildlife shelter. The state government has provided $170 000 in funding to assist Victoria's wildlife rehabilitators to help care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. State Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes has announced funding for 17 shelter operators and foster carers in northern Victoria. The funding is part of the 2017/18 Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants, with each recipient receiving up to $2000. The grants recognise the important work undertaken by rehabilitators and will help with the cost of caring for Victoria's diverse wildlife. The program supports wildlife rehabilitators to buy equipment and infrastructure to assist with the operation of their facilities and to attend appropriate training. "We're making sure our local volunteers have the tools and the training to protect our native wildlife." Ms Symes said. "These grants are helping our rehabilitators respond to incidents like bushfires, floods and oil spills that can affect our wildlife. "This is about supporting the volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife when they need it most." Now in its 10th year, the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program has provided more than $1.3 million since it began in 2008. Applications for the 2018/19 round of the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program will open on July 1. To apply for a grant, visit wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildliferehabilitator-grants

Grants available for Junior Landcare

20 Jun 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) The state government has announced $400 000 in funding for Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, to help kids across the state protect Victoria's environment. State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes is encouraging local groups to apply for the fund, which is open to Victorian schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, scouts, guides and youth groups. Grants of up to $5000 will be available to fund projects that boost biodiversity through the development, improvement or restoration of habitat for Victoria's native plants and animals. Grants will also be available for programs that engage or educate young people to value and actively care for Victoria's natural environment. The grants will encourage young people across Victoria to learn more about the environment through outdoor, hands-on activities. "These grants are an important tool for protecting our natural environment at a grassroots level," Ms Symes said. "Young people across Northern Victoria will get hands-on experience and learn about the world beyond the classroom. "These grants will help us deliver our ambitious environmental agenda, while encouraging young people to connect with the local environment." The grants will be administered by Landcare Australia as part of their Junior Landcare program, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning. For more information about how to apply visit: environment.vic.gov.au

Grants available for Junior Landcare

20 Jun 2018 • Benalla Ensign, Benalla VIC (General News) The state government has announced $400 000 in funding for Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, to help kids across the state protect Victoria's environment. State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes is encouraging local groups to apply for the fund, which is open to Victorian schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, scouts, guides and youth groups. Grants of up to $5000 will be available to fund projects that boost biodiversity through the development, improvement or restoration of habitat for Victoria's native plants and animals. Grants will also be available for programs that engage or educate young people to value and actively care for Victoria's natural environment. The grants will encourage young people across Victoria to learn more about the environment through outdoor, hands-on activities. "These grants are an important tool for protecting our natural environment at a grassroots level," Ms Symes said. "Young people across Northern Victoria will get hands-on experience and learn about the world beyond the classroom. "These grants will help us deliver our ambitious environmental agenda, while encouraging young people to connect with the local environment." The grants will be administered by Landcare Australia as part of their Junior Landcare program, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning. For more information about how to apply visit: environment.vic.gov.au

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