The Litter Working Group is targeting litter from a catchment wide perspective
The Chain of Ponds Collaboration identified litter and rubbish dumping as a catchment-wide issue for Moonee Ponds Creek and litter education and urban renewal as opportunities to transform the Creek (Chain of Ponds Prospectus).
A Litter Working Group was formed in June 2019 to identify actions the group could implement and/or advocate for - to address the litter issue. It was felt that an agreed and shared action plan would help the group to prioritise and coordinate energies for greatest impact, lead to a reduction in the incidence and impact of litter and the cost of litter removal. A clear framework and plan that identifies the high priorities for investment was developed in conjunction with Alluvium Consulting and released in December 2020.
The Litter Assessment was funded by Melbourne Water as it aligns with the intent of the organisation to move away from end of system litter removal in response to complaints, to directing investment into actions that are part of a collaborative and coordinated whole of system approach.
A Launch of the Assessment and further RMIT Litter Trackers was held in Feb 2021 and attended by City of Melbourne Councillor Rohan Leppert, City West Water General Manager, Richard Smith and Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek's Kaye Oddie,
RMIT Litter Tracker data can be found on the RMIT website: www.rmit.edu.au/littertrackers
Outcomes to date:
- RMIT Litter Tracker Launch in conjunction with Litter Assessment Launch, Feb 2021
- Catchment-wide Litter Assessment Completed, Jan 2021
- RMIT Litter Tracker Launch, Oct 2019
- First Litter Working Group Meeting, Jun 2019
Litter Working Group members include:
Rachel Lopes (Chain of Ponds), Lori Arthur & Tammy Sherar (Moreland City Council), Darren Coughlan (Greater Western Water) Kaye Oddie & Carolyn Layton (Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek), Liz Forbes (Kensington Association), Birgit Jordan, Ryan Van den Hove & Naomi Dart (Melbourne Water), Steve Dickson (Melbourne City Council), Rowena Joske (Moonee Valley City Council), and Jason Wells-Lakeland (Hume City Council), Jess Hand (Metro Waste Management Group), Catherine van Wilgenburg (Living Colour Studio)