25 August 2018 - Don't waste Mt Stirling initiative
Have you spotted Larry the Lyrebird while visiting Telephone Box Junction at Mt Stirling? He is unique in that he is made entirely out of rubbish collected from the entry of Mt Stirling, made by students from Lauriston Girls’ School (Howqua).
Larry the Lyrebird, is part of a project to reduce litter by getting visitors to sort and remove their own waste. The ‘Don’t waste Mt Stirling initiative’ was introduced last winter season in an effort to reduce the litter impact on Mt Stirling. It builds on the ethic of ‘carry in carry out’ and ‘leave no trace’. After completing a successful trial of the initiative last season and acquiring grant funding from Sustainability Victoria Litter Innovation, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management have decided to implement the project for overnight trips throughout the Winter and into Summer. The Enviro team at Mt Stirling have created a portable waste kit with three compostable bags for general rubbish, recycling and compostable items for school and outdoor adventure groups.
Tom Kelly, Environmental Officer for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management said, “Rather than focus on better ways to collect litter, we wanted to make it easier for our visitors to remove their waste. We took the ethos of ‘carry in, carry out’ a step further by creating a waste kit so that visitors could separate waste on the spot.”
For more information on the ‘Don’t waste Mt Stirling’ initiative and what you can do to help, please click here.