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Taradale clean-up continues

Trees blown over at playground

Work is continuing on the clean up of those areas most affected by the December storm.

Thursday 4 January 2018

The clean-up of Taradale and surrounding areas following December’s wild storm continues with more clean-up crews swinging into action next week.

Mount Alexander Shire Council Infrastructure Manager Marcus Goonan said from Monday 8 January two sets of contractors will be focussing on roadside clearing.

“One team will focus on urban streets while the other concentrates on the worst affected rural roads,” said Mr Goonan.

“The teams will mulch or remove tree tops, hanging limbs and other potential fire fuels,” he said.

Council is also organising a drop site in Taradale for a short period. This will allow private land owners to drop storm-related green waste, which Council will then remove.

“This will happen in early February to give residents time to cut up larger trees so they can transport them to the site,” said Mr Goonan.

More details will be available shortly.

Mr Goonan reminded the community it remains illegal to collect wood from roadsides.

“Collecting wood from the side of the road is not only against the law, it is also dangerous. Don’t risk it,” said Mr Goonan.

“We are looking at how we can arrange a way for Taradale residents to help clean up nature strips in town in a safe and coordinated manner.

“We will be able to advise residents of how this will work in the next few weeks,” he said.

Council has extended the free disposal period for storm debris at Castlemaine and Maldon waste facilities until the end of January. During this time residents can drop off storm-related green waste and debris such as twigs, leaves, branches and logs.

The free disposal period does not apply to normal garden waste, grass clippings or commercial waste. For more information visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/WasteFacilities.

Image: This play equipment at Taradale narrowly avoided damage from fallen branches and trees.

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