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WHATS NEWS - DECEMBER 2018 EDITION

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

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Litter is a burning issue

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) issued 12,000 litter fines in 2017-18 and the litter that annoyed Victorians most was the lit cigarette.

Cigarettes are the most common litter and the type most commonly reported by the public.

More than three quarters of litter reports to EPA involve cigarette butts tossed from vehicles, and more than half involved a cigarette that was still burning.

Other litter fines were for food packaging, drink containers and other small items. Litter contaminates the soil, chokes waterways and endangers wildlife, and a lit cigarette is a serious fire hazard.

EPA’s litter reporting service gives the public a clear mechanism for reporting people who throw litter from a vehicle, by using the car’s registration number to track down the alleged offender.

You can report littering at www.epa.vic.gov.au or by calling 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842). It’s important to be willing to give evidence in court if the alleged offender challenges the fine, but if you get the details right, most of them just pay the fine.

Your report should identify the car, describe the person, describe the litter and how it was disposed of, and the time and place where it happened.


 

 

 

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.
https://www.facebook.com/
mountdisappointmentclonbinane/

 

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.

 

Do you consider commuting emails in your fatigue & working hours considerations?

With the installation of Wi-Fi on our rail system here is a study from the UK on extended work hours.

Researchers have suggested that as UK commuters are apparently so regularly using travel time for work

emails that their journeys should be counted as part of the working day. The study from the University of the West of   England found wider access to wi-fi on trains & the spread of mobile phones has extended the working day.

The study involved interviews with 5,000 rail passengers on commuter routes into London as wi-fi 

became more available. The study, presented this week at the Royal Geographical Society, found that 

54% of commuters using train wi-fi were sending work emails. Those on the way to work were catching up with emails sent ahead of the coming day, while those on the return journey were finishing off work not completed during regular working hours. The study examined the impact of an upgrade to free wi-fi on the London to Birmingham & London to Aylesbury routes. It showed that as internet access improved it had the consequence of extending working hours, using laptops & mobile phones. Researchers suggested that smartphones & mobile internet access had caused a blurring of boundaries between work & home life, & this now applied to the journey to work. Instead of technology giving people more flexibility over working, the study showed that people were working extra hours on top of their time in the office. The head researcher from the university's Centre for Transport & Society indicated that it is a real challenge in deciding what constitutes work. Do you account for this in your work hour considerations? Your IT/Telco records will indicate this post incident.                    

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.