Mildura Weekly : Friday March 27 2015 Vol 9 No 20
30 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015 • From Page 27 “But I can say there is money in the budget to start works improving the roads into Apex Park which will give better access for visitors, as well as some planned up- grades at the caravan park. “We have also been in discussions with a commu- nity group who are looking to provide support to the Mildura Lifesaving Club and help with improvements to their clubrooms. “The idea is that this group will take on some of the repairs and ongoing maintenance of the lifesaving club as a community project. With support from Council, they will hopefully give it a much needed facelift. “Council spends more than $30,000 a year on maintenance to the pub- lic facilities, lifesaving club and the beach. Its value as a tourist destination could be improved with new or up- graded facilities, but this is something that needs to be balanced with calls for im- provements at other Council and public recreation reserves and parks. “Along the riverfront there are great examples of what the water-based clubs can achieve through volun- teer and member support. The facilities at the Mildura Ski Club are a prime example of this. “Hopefully in the very near future, Apex Park will have the same sort of com- munity support which will help Council to make sure our public spaces are in tip- top shape and then we may see some of the great com- munity events that were once held at Apex Park return.” I was heartened by Cr Eckel’s commitment to Apex Park on behalf of City Coun- cil, and maybe the time is ripe for a reasoned commu- nity debate on just what we want this popular area to be in the future. The Mildura Weekly would welcome your sugges- tions and ideas. After all, it is hard to argue that sinking resources, financial or other- wise, into an area and facili- ties that will attract very little or no use at all. You can email your sug- gestions and ideas to the ‘Weekly at lettersdesk@mil- duraweekly.com.au, or con- tact our editorial department by telephone on 5021 1777. Looking to the future for Apex Park beach MORE than 100 people attended free infor- mation sessions throughout the Western Lo- cal Region during February and March in an effort to learn more about what clearing they are allowed to perform on their properties without approval. Landholders and local government rep- resentatives were among the attendees at the forums – held in Wentworth, Wanaaring, Bourke, Cobar, Broken Hill, Ivanhoe and Hillston – learning more about new clear- ing rules under the Native Vegetation Act and recently-amended Native Vegetation Regula- tion. Property Vegetation Plan Coordinator with Local Land Services Western Region, Karen Kneipp, said the sessions provided ac- curate information about the new self-assess- able codes for clearing invasive native spe- cies, clearing paddock trees in cultivation and thinning native vegetation. “The people who attended welcomed the opportunity to gain direct information about native vegetation laws,” she said. “Many thought a move to self-assessable codes was good, but some saw difficulty in applying the code and not having the comfort of a Prop- erty Vegetation Plan.” Sessions addressed clearing that is al- lowed for routine agricultural management activities and regrowth provisions, and when a property vegetation plan is needed. “We held the information sessions throughout the region to help dispel any myths that might be circulating about the leg- islation, explain how the regulations apply in the Western Local Region and give examples of what clearing does and doesn’t need ap- proval,” Ms Kneipp said. “There are number of routine agricultural management activities that do not require approval for clearing, and now there are self- assessable codes for certain lower risk clearing that also do not require approval if clearing is in accordance with the code and notification is provided. “These sessions were a good chance for people to gain an overview of how the regula- tory framework for native vegetation applies in the Western Region, and to clear up any confusion.” Landholder Guides are also available online at www.environment.nsw.gov.au for clearing invasive native scrub, thinning na- tive vegetation and clearing paddock trees in a cultivation area. Four Fact Sheets are also available on the New South Wales Environment website to support assessing groundcover, determining distances from water bodies, the notification process and how to obtain other approvals. Information sessions ‘clear up’ new rules What’s on Gardens Big Brekkie THE Australian Inland Botanic Gardens (1183 River Road, Mourquong) will be holding a Big Brekkie tomorrow from 8.30am to 11am. Along with a gourmet breakfast, the morn- ing will include a guided train tour starting at 11am. More information is available by con- tacting 0449 677 702 or by visiting www.aibg. org.au. Dareton market THE Dareton and Coomealla Community Ac- tion Team Market will be running tomorrow on Tapio Street from 8am to 1pm. Along with an assortment of fresh pro- duce, jams, cakes, plants, clothing and bric-a- brac, the day will also include a sausage sizzle and street music. More information is available by contact- ing 0428 306 460.
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