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Council puts crews to work on rubbish

BRIMBANK Council is putting the lid on St Albans’ litter “hotspots”, with clean-up crews targeting the worst-affected areas.

More than 30 spots in St Albans, Kealba, Kings Park and Keilor Downs were identified by the public through the St Albans Connect program.

Among the worst areas were the St Albans shopping centre, Taylors Rd in St Albans and Keilor Downs, the Kings Rd shops in St Albans, the Williams Rd shops in St Albans and Rowan Drive in Kealba.

The areas around St Albans, Ginifer and Keilor Plains railway stations were also on the list.

As part of the Clean Up St Albans, Kealba and Kings Park initiative, a partnership between the council and the Department of Justice will see a community works crew - allocated by Corrections Victoria - collect litter at selected hot spots one day a week.

Brimbank Council community wellbeing general manager Kelly Grigsby said that between the Department of Justice community works crew and the council’s own cleansing unit, all council-owned litter hot spots identified by the community would receive increased litter collections through the new partnership.

“Council is also working with Metro Trains and private land owners in the area to encourage improved litter management on non-council owned land,” Ms Grigsby said.

Metro Trains spokesman Chris Whitefield said that under the current cleaning contract Ginifer, St Albans and Keilor Plains stations were all required to have litter removed daily from the station precinct, including car parks.

“On top of this, our car parks are cleaned by a street sweeper machine about once a month,” Mr Whitefield said.

Station inspections were conducted across the network with Metro management and the cleaning contractor to see which areas needed improving.

Metro also had monthly meetings with Brimbank Council.

Brimbank Council has allocated $3.2 million in the 2010-11 budget for litter removal.

Report hotspots or dumped rubbish to the council on 9249 4000.

Source: Brimbank Leader

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