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Leaf collection program underway

Sioni using a leaf blower along a stone gutter in Maldon.

Council has started its annual autumn leaf collection program to help prevent drain blockages and localised flooding.

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council has begun its annual autumn leaf collection program, with a focus on areas around Castlemaine, Maldon, Campbells Creek, Chewton, Harcourt, Newstead and Guildford.

The leaf collection is important at this time of year to prevent drain blockages and localised flooding.

“The deciduous trees look beautiful at this time of year but once the leaves start falling they can quickly block drains and gutters,” said Brett Quarrier, Works Coordinator, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We have two teams working daily to clear footpaths and drains using a truck-mounted leaf sucker, hand held blowers and a street sweeper,” said Mr Quarrier.

“Our staff have had to make some changes to the way they work to maintain social distancing requirements, including driving separate vehicles. Apart from this it’s more or less business as usual,” he said.

“They also target the busy locations in the earlier part of the day to minimise the likelihood of coming into contact with the community.

“If you see our teams out and about feel free to say hi, but for their safety and yours, we ask you to maintain the required 1.5 metre distance.”

The proactive leaf collection program runs every weekday for six to eight weeks during autumn, with the finish date dependent on leaf litter generated.


Image: Sioni blowing dried leaves out of a stone gutter in Maldon.



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