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WHATS NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2018 EDITION

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Wandong - Heathcote Junction - why would you live anywhere else. Until October, Allen Hall (editor)

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Wandong snowfields

There was no need to head to the Victorian Alps to enjoy the snow this year. Just come to Wandong and head up Mt Disappointment State Forest.

Pictured are Glenda Watson of Wandong with her grandchildren enjoying the snow fields.

 

 

 

 

 

 


FRIENDS OF DISAPPOINTMENT

Are you interested in the history, conservation and community of the Mount Disappointment State Forest and
surrounding areas.
Join “Friends of Disappointment” to share history, photos and ideas.
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Volunteers for Young Care Mentor Program urgently Needed

Have you got some spare time? Are you  a good listener? Would you like to help a young person continue with their schooling?  Not-profit organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes has young carers in the Heathcote Junction area who desperately need support from an adult to help them cope with their day-to-day responsibilities.

Contact Marion Rak on (03) 5722 9046.

 

Don‘t add waste to the pile, warns EPA

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is warning farmers that a momentary mistake when burning off can be costly for the environment and the landholder. EPA North East Region Manager Emma Knights said it’s important to think twice before throwing anything extra onto the pile when burning off. “It can be tempting to add household or farm waste such as silage wrap, chemical containers or old tyres to burn piles just to get rid of them,” Ms Knights said. “These items don’t burn properly and produce large amounts of smoke.”

“The environmental impacts of burning the wrong things can be more than just a bit of smoke; you could be looking at toxic air pollution, residue running off into waterways and chemical contamination in the soil,” she said. “Some of these things are best sent to a properly managed landfill, and there are recycling options for common waste items such as tyres, silage wrap and plastic chemical drums.”

Silage wrap, some chemical containers and tyres can be recycled to produce items such as building and fencing materials and floor matting. Information on waste disposal and recycling can be found at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au or through your local council website.

Fallen trees or other natural wood being burnt should be as dry as possible and not freshly cut, to keep down the volume of smoke, and farmers should make sure they have any relevant council or CFA permits. Timber that has been used in a building, furniture or other manufactured product must not be burnt. EPA officers can issue a fine of close to $8,000 for the burning of things like plastics, painted or chemically treated wood, or any kind of industrial waste.

EPA urges people to report suspected pollution to the EPA on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or at www.epa.vic.gov.au

                                    

 

TRAIL BIKE AND 4WD DRIVERS   

Residents in Wandong - Heathcote Junction, particularly in Affleck Street and Dry Creek Crescent are getting no response from authorities to curtail the noise, parking problems and destruction of the Mt Disappointment State Forest by rail bike and 4WD drivers. It is no longer safe to walk or horse ride on the mountain trails due to these uncontrolled vehicles. Mt Disappointment could rival the Dandenongs for beauty and tourism but no authority seems prepared to stop the damage.