Victor Harbor Community Action Group will hold an information forum on changes to waste collection

EDUCATION: Members of the Victor Harbor Community Action Group ready for the change to waste collection.
EDUCATION: Members of the Victor Harbor Community Action Group ready for the change to waste collection.

On July 1, the City of Victor Harbor area will fall into line with all neighbouring councils and change its waste collection from weekly for general waste (blue bin), to fortnightly.

In a move by the City of Victor Harbor council to reduce landfill, the changes will continue, with recyclables (yellow bin) and green organics (green bin) being collected fortnightly, instead of monthly.

The council has been running an education program since the decision was made by elected members earlier this year,

The Victor Harbor Community Action Group is throwing its support behind the council by holding an information forum on fortnightly collection at 7pm on Wednesday, June 19, at the Gospel Centre, 2 George Main Road, Victor Harbor.

Chair of the Victor Harbor Community Action Group (VHCAG) Barry Wright said it was an important issue and there is a need for the relevant information to filter through to sections of the community.

"If you are a regular visitor to the Library or Civic Centre you would have noticed the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA) display and information in the foyer," Mr Wright said.

"If you read The Times or click on the council website you will have seen a range of articles and more detailed information about the new collection system and maybe even attended one of the composting workshops run about it.

"However, if you are not one of those people, you may not be aware of the reasons for the changes to the waste collection service that we currently have and how those changes will affect you personally."

Mr Wright said the VHCAG was concerned the new collection schedule which commences on July 1, appeared to have a level of hesitation and resistance by some sections of the community.

"In an effort to assist in providing answers and hopefully alleviate the continuing concerns of many Victor Harbor residents the Victor Harbor Community Action Group Committee are holding an open public forum to discuss and answer any questions you, the members of our community, may have," he said.

The VHCAG will have in attendance Councillor Tim Glazbrook (Council's representative on the FRWA Board), Glenn Sanford (Council's Director of Environment & Infrastructure) and Joanne McPhee and Jane Brook (Education Officers from FRWA) to be on the forum panel.

Jane Brook will briefly explain the basics of the new system and how it may affect the community. The major part of the forum will be devoted to an open question and answer session where attendees will be free to share views, concerns and questions with the panel.

"We hope the community will all come along to join in the discussion and put their point of view forward, whether it is negative or positive, it doesn't matter. We want to hear from all of you," Mr Wright said.