Clean up Australia Day, Belgrave

Marina Dennis from the Belgrave Traders Association hosted this year's Belgrave Clean-up with  help from SDLG's Helen Pilcher and Vicki Boyle and the Belgrave Regional Action Group's Liz Beaton and Ian Warburton.   There were some wonderful local people  who also gave of their time.  Sadly, only one trader actively participated.  We need business owners to be responsible for business waste behind their premises if we are to be proud of our community and promote the  Belgrave area as a tourist destination.  Blacksmith's Way has improved dramatically over the years in terms of litter but needs further improvement.  It is the first view of Belgrave for visitors using the Metro trains and local buses. SDLG is designing a small indigenous garden near the taxi rank and if the traders approve funding it, will plant out soon.  VicTrack, the body which manages the railway corridor, really needs to clean up its land of litter and weeds - we need an integrated approach to amenity management if the work the community is doing is to be continued..

We collected 14 bags of landfill litter which was mainly comprised of broken glass, bits of plastic and takeaway food wrappings etc.  Cigarette butts were well down as was dumped household and industrial rubbish.  We collected 10 bags of recyclable drink bottles and containers - roll on the Victorian Container Deposit legislation.

Great to see YRC money being spent on  the Rail Trail plantings with the 2014 plantings the Mater Christi College students did at the start of the trail looking really good.  This is an area where people smash bottles for some unknown reason - we collected so much broken glass there.  Overall, the amount of litter was down - well done Belgrave residents and visitors.