Another one for the green bin in addition to below - tissues!
Check out the link in the post below for a full list ... See MoreSee Less
Tissues? Like used tissues? Sorry, genuine question as my daughter has chronic allergies and we go through a lot of tissues.
Who’s throwing chocolate out 🤨
I am trying to use even the skin of few vegs and fruits to reduce waste...😅
Yep, although suggested I wrap mussel shells in newspaper
I was tagged in a Facebook post today. I have no way of knowing where else it might have been posted, or who else is in a similar position, so I post my reply/clarification here for the benefit of others.
If you have a pool or a spa and you haven't registered it with Council, please make sure you do - this is a State Government requirement.
"Heads up Locals.
I have just had a City of Monash representative knock at my door.
They had seen a kids small pool in my yard with the drone (???)
The kids wading pool is plastic and only 2mtres around is hardly any water in and it is filthy dirty.
He still said he would fine me if it was not removed.
Watch out everyone - the council is on a witch hurt for revenue again.
Check your pet registrations etc.
They have been ruthless in the past"
"he said they had seen it in overhead footage.
I said 'a drone' ?
He did not reply either way.
But we have had several drone "buzz" overs.
And we would not know if the drone was high enough"
**** Reply/Response ****
The State Government introduced controls in 2019 requiring all households with a pool/spa to register them with their local Council by 1st November 2020. This wasn’t optional, it was mandatory.
Information campaigns were run by State Government and the Victorian Building Authority. Council has also been advising residents of this requirement on social media, in the Monash Bulletin and we also wrote to all known pool and spa owners, including those identified via the maps, advising them of changes and the requirement to register.
Council does not use drones. We used aerial photographs (no different to Google Maps) to identify households that had outdoor pools and/or spas. The maps are even published on our website for anyone to access (www.monash.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Our-City/Maps). This data was cross-reference with registrations to identify those who had not registered their pool/spa with us. We’re now following up on those people.
I note that no infringements were issued in this circumstance, and a warning was issued. This has nothing to do with revenue raising, or we wouldn’t have given a warning, we would have issued an infringement on the spot.
Toddlers can drown in as little at 5cm of water and we have all seen horrifying stories of distraught parents on the news. It’s never intentional, they are always accidents, and these regulations are designed to ensure the safety of children around water. I'd rather our officers be ruthless than attending the funeral of yet another child killed in a completely senseless and avoidable accident. ... See MoreSee Less
Great response and explanation Stuart.
Makes sense for those houses with families etc. not sure it makes sense for families without children, or children visitors. I think throughout the discussion, the “revenue raising” element came about because of the extreme cost to submit paperwork to register said pool. $80 just to submit the paperwork?!! For what, Mr Mayor? And THEN, $400 to have someone come and inspect it?! Goodness. THAT is revenue raising
Part of the outrage on that post was because the OP thought drones were being used to “spy” on people’s backyards. It wasn’t only about the pools. You clarified that it was done using aerial photos, which I still find a bit creepy, as they are much clearer images than what is available using google maps. I looked at our address out of curiosity and was surprised at how much detail there is. But I do agree that pools need to be registered and fenced.
Are people meant to register a plastic toy pool?
Drones can be an invasion of privacy in that respective. Some have used them across farms and things the same way illegally . It's not right to film someone else's property at all, no matter what! Other people don't have right to fly one over another's property and report stuff like this .
I was contacted by a resident recently who complained they were getting too many parking infringements when parking outside a school, and would like our officers to show more compassion. Apparently they had lost their job and having to regularly pay infringements was adding to their cost of living pressures. They also intimated that Council was revenue raising.
Firstly, Councillors (including the Mayor) have no role to play in the infringement process. We act like the board of a company and are legally prohibited from getting involved in operational matters, especially when they are statutory matters.
Secondly, as a father of three young children, I have absolutely no problem with our officers showing zero compassion and issuing infringements for each and every violation of the road rules in and around schools. I actually wish we had officers at each and every school, every single day. When I'm doing drop off and pickup, I see - almost daily - drivers illegally doing u-turns, overtaking vehicles, stopped over school crossings, parking in no standing zones, blocking driveways and dropping children off in the middle of the road. I find it infuriating - especially when the safety of young children is put at risk.
Thirdly, if you keep receiving infringements all the time, it's likely that the infringement officer isn't the problem.
Fourthly, Council's strong preference would be for everyone to do the right thing and to not issue any infringements at all. If you happen to think Council is "revenue raising", perhaps you could stick it to them and obey the road rules so Council doesn't get any revenue?
On a side note, when I do have to drive and pick up my children from school, I normally park two streets away and walk a few minutes. It alleviates my frustrations and makes for a much more relaxed visit. Arguably, it takes less time to do this by avoiding the chaos of competing with dozens of cars trying to park in the same parking spot.
I do agree with the resident on one thing tho; "I would like to live in a safe community where people are kind and look after each other with compassion" ... See MoreSee Less
The same thing happens every day at our school, day after day after day. Shockingly, this happens mostly at our smaller primary school, where parents often have younger children (children not school age) with them as well. It's amazing how much better it is at our quite large secondary school where there are a lot more cars dropping off & picking up!!
Councils could not cover the payroll without Peking fines. Got pinged in Willesden rd by a bloke who snapped a photo without my knowledge while I’ll pulled over to make a phone call.
Monash parking tickets is an awful business. In no other council you’d receive a ticket for having hazards lights on in a small street back lane & trying to open the gate by hand of your workplace’s office. Just sayin’
I would welcome parking officers where I live n Chadstone , whist I appreciate people need to pick their children up from school. When did it become okay to block driveways and park in no standing areas.?
For some reason our residents think 🤔 it is a parking infringement it is not at all important. If it wasnt important we would not have the laws. If you obey the law, no matter how you may perceive it you will not be bothered if you do not then do not complain. Just sayin 💁♂️
I voted for you Mayor Stuart James but cringe now every time I read one of your posts. Compassion goes a long way. As does the politician version of bedside manner...
As a mum, hear hear! The stupidity I see from drivers around schools is terrifying.
Absolutely no consideration taken for disabled permit holders. Not one parking bay provided at a certain local primary school. Council responce "its not our responsibility " quote! I understand the safety side of the argument totally, but when you see the infringement officers performing u-turns as well.....
While you make good points, your last "side note" fails to recognise people with disabilities. Some schools only have one or two disabled parks (some have none). As for the rest of it I agree, today an entire intersection outside MWSC was held up due to a single car stopping on the corner mid way out to collect a child, as they (the child) ran up the street towards the car. It is busy, crowded and dangerous enough without people's total disregard for road rules.
Break the law Copp the fine and stop trying to flout your unkindness upon others trying to do the right thing
I have absolutely zero sympathy for people that park illegally around schools. The stupid things I have seen around our Primary School over the last 15 years never ceases to amaze me. The arrogance, stupidity, and total lack of consideration from some people is astounding. Follow the rules, do the right thing and you will not get a fine. It’s not rocket science.
Wish the council infringement officers would start policing the school at the corner of gallaghers Rd and atheledene, absolute bloody disgrace, they even just stop in the middle of the road and wait 😡
An interesting post this is indeed. I live near a school and used to be able to park on the street during school time. I can no longer do that as they changed the laws and now receive a fine if I forget to move my car in time. The council had the opportunity to buy the land beside the school to provide a safe parking area but did not and said that it was a state matter, not a council matter. Now the problem is on the street that I have to deal with. Why is this an issue now and wasn’t 30 years ago ??? I also have a young one that I take to school.
I agree with you Mayor only driving following the rules it's safe. On the roads there are many cars don't just do what you like or want thinking of others also. Thanks to all the consideration good drivers.
It doesn’t mention whether they were fined while dropping off children, or fined while parked to do some other errand. My neighbour was fined because she had a special needs child and as the disabled spots were full, had no option but to park in a ‘keep clear zone’ on most days which allowed extra space to access the wheelchair being taken out of the boot. Ironically, the zone was nothing to do with the school or the crossing, but to allow truck access to an adjoining independent supermarket. I think we need to know about the circumstances behind the reasoning of parking infringements.
Stage 2 of our pedestrian safety works are underway in Atherton Road; sorry for the disruptions
We’re creating a raised island for the entire intersection with three pedestrian crossings, one on each side
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🚨 If you live in Notting Hill, Glen Waverley, Mulgrave or Wheelers Hill, your bin collections will change from next week. Landfill bins will not be collected in the second week of August.
🙏 Thank-you to all residents for playing your part in reducing the impact on our environment and helping to limit the impacts of climate change
👇 More info below!If you live in Area B, this is your last weekly collection of the red landfill bin. Starting next week, your green bin will be collected weekly and your landfill bin will be collected fortnightly.
We know it might take some time for you to adjust to the change and work out when your red landfill bin will be collected. If you happen to place your landfill bin out on the wrong week during August, we will place a tag on the bin to let you know when your next collection will be.
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Thanks Mayor, just curious, is there some recycling that occurs with the hard / verge collection?
Thank you for being such a present and active mayor. Mayor Stuart James
Thanks I have a query please: residents are provided with the large size recycling and green waste bins because these were collected fortnightly. If the red (household rubbish) bin is now collected fortnightly, why aren’t residents provided with the large red bin at NO extra cost???? Thank you
Katie Renee 😂🤭
Happy National Tree Day!
We haven’t been able to plant trees for a number of years due to COVID. Today, Friends of Scotchmans Creek and Valley Reserve organised for 8,800 trees to be planted in just over two hours; amazing!
Thanks to more than 200 volunteers for turning up to brave the cold weather at Fairway Reserve ... See MoreSee Less
Terrific evening at the Monash Business Awards Gala event. COVID has been difficult for all of us, but especially for our local business community
Monash has the largest employment outside the CBD, but with so many people working from home now, we may have taken the mantle
Congratulations to Whistle Design Group for taking out business of the year and Trusted Financial Choice for winning the rising star award
(with Terrific evening at Cr. Nicky Luo) ... See MoreSee Less
Public service announcement: Pressing the hazard light button in your car does not mean road rules do not apply to you
Turning on your hazards does not mean you can suddenly park illegally to grab a quick takeaway coffee, pull over to use your phone, or wait to pick someone up!
Red parking signs are almost always in place for safety reasons; that’s why they’re red. We all have a role to play in keeping each other safe! ... See MoreSee Less
I averted a Major accident on the south eastern freeway 18 years ago when I saw a Truck clip a Car on the Merging of 100 speed .A Police commissioner congratulated me as he witnessed the incident fee cars behind. Traffic Hazzard lights must Be Used CORRECTLY in Emergency
I think there needs to be more pickup and drop zones with monitoring automated for those so that no one has to break rules but still able to do that essential pickup/ drop 5-10 min zones. Whilst I do totally agree with your point.
Distributing a roll of trial caddy liners was an amendment I put to Council that was, thankfully, supported.
It’s a little thing, they don’t cost all that much per household, but giving residents a practical solution to trial to assist them in such a massive adjustment is important in my view.
I refused to use liners when FOGO first came in, but after experiencing smells of rotting food, fruit flies and maggots, we gave it a go. Now all of those issues are gone.
You can replenish for as little as 14c per liner at Bunnings. Just make sure you get the ones that have the compostable logo. Check out our website or the information pack we sent you for details.We’re starting to deliver a sample pack of compostable liners to residents with a green bin.
The sample pack will allow you to ‘try before you buy’ so you can find out whether using compostable liners will help you recycle more food scraps in your green bin.
If you like using compostable liners, you can buy them from Coles, Woolworths, IGA or Bunnings, as well as from select online retailers – remember to look for the certified compostable logo. More info: bit.ly/3PFwqgR ... See MoreSee Less
We have been buying and using the Glad bags ever since the little bins arrived to our home. They all are environment friendly.
Is anyone buying compostable liners for the green bin ? Im guessing that will be needed
They are awesome! Been using for few years. Just have to change them every 3-4 days and cannot overfill, or they will just break apart when you try to tie them and lift them off the bin caddy .
Fantastic to say the least..Finally a concrete step forward to save the planet 🌎 💕
Thank you Stuart, they are great. We have been using them for a long time. x