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Leaf collection program to finish soon

Leaf collection

Monday 26 June 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council will soon complete its annual autumn leaf collection program.

Teams have been focussed on preventing drain blockages and ensuring footpaths are safe for pedestrians.

“Autumn leaves on footpaths quickly become slippery and potentially hazardous for pedestrians, which is why the leaf collection program is so important at this time of year,” said Jason Taylor, Director Sustainable Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

A team of five staff has been working daily to clear footpaths and drains in urban areas in Castlemaine and Maldon, and Main Road Campbells Creek using a truck-mounted leaf sucker, hand held blowers and a street sweeper.

“This year we have also had a small excavator crew clearing out drains in and around Castlemaine,” said Mr Taylor.

“The team starts work in the CBD early each morning to minimise the impact on the community,” he said.

The proactive leaf collection program runs every weekday throughout autumn and into early winter, with the finish date dependent on leaf litter generated. Leaf collection is planned to finish at the end of June.

“As we move further into winter there are certainly fewer leaves in gutters. However, pedestrians should continue to use caution when stepping into gutters with dried leaves,” said Mr Taylor.

“It’s important that residents are aware they are responsible for keeping their crossover, the drain under their driveway, clear of leaves,” he said.

“This helps to reduce drain blockages and allows water to flow uninterrupted.”


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