Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page contains answers to commonly raised queries about the services offered by Moorabool Shire Council. Use the category dropdown to filter FAQs or enter keywords to search all FAQs.

  • Many of the myths currently being reported in the media are suggesting that recycling doesn’t make a difference anymore. It’s time to set the record straight!

    MYTH 1:

    "China has banned recyclables."

    REALITY:

    China is still accepting recyclables if they are separated and have minimal amounts of unacceptable materials.

     

    MYTH 2:

    "All our recycling goes to China."

    REALITY:

    Only a small portion of our state's kerbside recycling is sent to China. The rest is processed right here in Victoria.

     

    MYTH 3:

    "China’s new recycling standards can’t be met."

    REALITY:

    Recycling processors in Victoria have already responded by changing the way plastics and paper/cardboard are sorted.

    Paper and cardboard is being sorted to a higher level to remove items that shouldn’t be in there. Processors are also investing in, and installing, new technology to further process plastics to ensure it is in an acceptable state for international markets.

     

    MYTH 4:

    'All recycling goes to landfill."

    REALITY:

    Recyclable material is a valuable resource. It’s used to make new botttles, cans, paper and cardboard products. It's also transformed into road base, outdoor furniture and recycled office and toilet paper, just to name a few.

     

    MYTH 5:

    "It doesn’t matter if I put the wrong thing in my recycling bin."

    REALITY:

    If you put the wrong things in your recycling bin this is known as contamination. Contamination increases the costs for processors as they have to spend more time and money sorting and removing the rubbish. This means we all end up paying more for our recycling service. The best way for us to combat this as a community is to know what you can and can’t recycle. For example, plastic bags never belong in your recycling bin, not even loose. For more tips, please check Council’s Waste Information Booklet (PDF, 5MB) or ask our friendly Waste Services team.

     

    Thank you for recycling right! Your actions help support innovative, emerging industries on shore.

     

  • Can I extend my existing crossing?

    Approvals for extensions are subject to factors including the condition of the existing vehicle crossing, clearances and the length of property frontage.

  • Can I construct a second crossing?

    Approval for a second crossing may only be given if the property frontage is greater than 20 metres and if would not lead to any other complications.

  • How long does it take for the application to be processed?

    Applicants should allow up to 10 business days.

  • How much is the application fee for a Vehicle Crossing?

    The fee for this application is $84.00 for the 2017/18 financial year. Payments can be made at any of Council’s offices in person by cash or credit card. Alternatively, money orders and cheques are also acceptable. If you require further information with respect to payment methods, please contact Council’s Customer Service Officers. This is application fee is non-refundable even after initial assessment the case will be refused.

  • Do I need a building permit for my Half Cost Fencing application?

    A building permit is only required if the fence height will be 2 metres or above.

  • Is there a fee for a Half Cost Fencing application?

    No, there is no application fee.

  • How long does it take for the Half Cost Fencing application to be processed?

    The process can take up to 5 working days.

  • How long does it take for a Works Within Roads Reserve application to be processed?

    Processing of the application form can take up to 10 business days from the date of submission. If the application is required to be referred to other internal departments, this will delay the time to receive the permit. If such referrals are required, the applicant will be notified.

  • How much is the application fee for a Works Within Road Reserves Permit?

    NOTE: There is only a fee payable for an application for consent, based on the road classification and work type. The fees are expressed in fee units with the equivalent dollar amount in brackets. These fees are statutory fees.

    The fee is a statutory fee. The fees are expressed as fee units in accordance with the Monetary Units Act 2004. Fee Unit is $14.45 from 1st July 2018 till 30th June 2019.  Fees will be updated annually at the start of the financial year (July).

    Minor works 2018/2019

     

    Conducted on roadway, shoulder or pathway: (Asphalt/gravel road, kerb & channel, concrete vehicle crossing and footpaths)

    Conducted on, nature strip or reserve: (Soil/Seeded Area)

     

    Municipal Road

    Speed Limit above

    50km/h

    9.3 Fee Units ($134.40)

    6 Fee Units ($86.70)

    Municipal Road

    Speed Limit 50km/h or

    less

    9.3 Fee Units ($134.40)

    6 Fee Units ($86.70)

     

     

    Works, other than minor works (traffic impact works)

     

    Conducted on roadway, shoulder or pathway: (Asphalt/gravel road, kerb & channel, concrete vehicle crossing and footpaths)

    Conducted on, nature strip or reserve: (Soil/Seeded Area)

     

    Municipal Road

    Speed Limit above

    50km/h

    43.1 Fee Units ($622.80)

    23.5 Fee Units ($339.60)

    Municipal Road

    Speed Limit 50km/h or less

    23.5 Fee Units ($339.60)

    6 Fee Units ($86.70)

     

     

    Please visit VicRoads website for further details. Click here

    Notes: 

    • In order to use the above Table to determine if any exemptions apply, you must also read and understand the definitions of 'minor works' and 'traffic impact works' and the regulations in the Road Management (Works and Infrastructure) Regulations 2015.  The terms ‘works’, 'roadway', ‘pathway' and 'shoulder' are defined in the Road Management Act 2004.
    • Works that consist of, or include, the excavation of an area of a roadway, pathway or shoulder exceeding 8.5 square metres are not ''minor works'.
    • 'Minor works' that include an excavation solely for the purpose of repairing, maintaining, installing or replacing a single pole in an urban area or no more than 3 poles in any other area are exempt from the requirement to give notice of the completion of the work.

    There is only a fee payable for an application for consent, based on the road classification and work type. The fees are expressed in fee units with the equivalent dollar amount in brackets.

    No fees are payable for notification of proposed works or notification of completed works by utilities.

    For detail understanding of ““Working Within The Road Reserve”, please visit VicRoads website.