Member for Mildura, Jade Benham is applauding the Mildura region for becoming the state leaders in the Container Deposit Scheme collection.
Regional Victorians continue to step up to the challenge in impressive numbers, with Mildura leading the state in container returns having returned over 4.1 million containers since the scheme began on November 1.
With the Mildura electorate having only five collection points this goes to show that the region would benefit with more automated collection machines installed throughout the electorate.
“The people have spoken with their containers. We are all more than willing to participate in this program, imagine the possibilities if it were to be expanded.”
Ms Benham raised the possibilities in Parliament about how this program has the ability to ease pressure on Government coffers, by making rural economies truly circular.
“Installing automated collection points at regional sporting precincts where the money goes straight back into the community is a no brainer,” said Ms Benham.
“The ability for sporting clubs to have access to automated points would not only help local economies but ease the burden on clubs fundraising efforts and grant applications.
“With the cost of living crisis it is becoming harder for smaller regional clubs and charity organisations to fundraise,” said Ms Benham.
“I’d like to congratulate the operators and staff of Charlton Newsagency, Donald Newsagency, Exchange Depot Mildura, Around Again Mildura and J&J’s Trash and Treasure Robinvale for their dedicated commitment in having their collection points operational.”