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WELCOME.

This is our media hub of all things Burnside.

A hub for local news about people, businesses and happenings in our community.

You will see some beautiful photos of Wyfield Reserve, one of Burnside's biodiversity sites, at the top right of this page.



WELCOME.

This is our media hub of all things Burnside.

A hub for local news about people, businesses and happenings in our community.

You will see some beautiful photos of Wyfield Reserve, one of Burnside's biodiversity sites, at the top right of this page.


  • Glenside Lions Art Show

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    Opening night Wednesday 26 October. Save the date!

    The show then runs for 3 days, in the Burnside Ballroom. Funds again go to support local charity.

    https://glensidelionsartshow.com.au/

  • The dollars and sense in the yellow bin

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    It is important to take responsibility for sorting recyclables at home. Why? Because it saves money and makes good environmental sense. It is a lot cheaper to send materials to be recycled than it is to send them to landfill, but we can save even more.

    The contents of the yellow bins are sent for sorting at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Imagine a huge shed, filled with large machinery:

    • A ‘trommel screen’ helps separate small pieces of glass.
    • A ‘bounce conveyor’ helps separate paper from plastic containers.
    • Magnets and ‘eddy current’ devices help separate ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
    • Hand sorting and robots help separate plastics and other containers.

    Following these processes, the MRF has collections of materials that are sold to manufacturers. For example, the paper is sold to manufacturers who make recycled paper products. Glass, metals and plastics are also sold. The revenue from these sales offsets the cost of the recycling processes – it saves us money.

    To get the best possible price for materials, it’s important they are not contaminated, like having paper that is free of plastic. But the processes that help to separate materials are not perfect. For example, it’s very difficult to distinguish between paper and soft plastics. So, some soft plastic can make it through the process – it’s called contamination.

    Materials that don’t belong in the yellow bin, like clothing and crockery, are also contamination. If these materials are put in a yellow bin, they need to be separated at the MRF and sent to landfill, which creates double handling and all costs money. Even worse, some contaminants can jam or damage the recycling devices, which creates downtime at the MRF and costs more money.

    What’s the solution? The industry is improving the automated systems. But developing and implementing new technology can be costly, and the cost comes back to us. Another option would be more hand sorting at the MRF. But again, that cost would come back to us.

    Why does the cost come back to us? Well, the council pays for the recycling services – costs which are covered by council rates. So, if you are paying council rates, or renting a house and paying rates indirectly, you are paying for the recycling process.

    The responsible option is to make sure we all sort our recycling at home. If we reduce contamination, we all save money! It’s important to make sure that the only things that go in our yellow-lidded recycling bins are paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastic containers. For more detail, visit www.whichbin.sa.gov.au or call WhichBin on 1300 137 118.

    In Burnside, we have relatively low levels of contamination in our recycling bins. Most people are doing the right thing, which saves money at the MRF. There’s more good news, too. The materials are recycled, saving the demand for virgin materials, and in turn reducing carbon emissions. It’s really a win-win-win, that saves us dollars and makes great sense!


  • Community Defibrillators for Hire

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    A defibrillator (AED) is a portable device to be used on a person that is in cardiac arrest before an ambulance arrives. An AED machine is available for community groups and organisations located within the City of Burnside to hire for one day or multi day events. Contact Council’s Community Connections team on 8366 4107 to find out about hiring an AED machine.

  • Heritage Plaques

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    Heritage plaques reflect Council’s desire to commemorate the significance of a building for:

    • its architecture or association with a significant historical figure or event
    • its association with historical, economic or social themes that are important to the local area
    • its representation of customs or ways of life that are characteristic of the local area or
    • having played an important part in the lives of local residents.

    As part of Round 2 of the Heritage Plaque Scheme, a further 20 properties have had heritage plaques installed. Go to our Plaque Map for details.

  • The future is in wheelie good hands

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    Luke Nordestgaard is a two-year-old spreading the word about responsible waste management.

    Luke’s Mum Emily can't say for certain where Luke's fascination and passion for bins came from. “Since he was able to crawl and walk, he showed interest in our shiny silver kitchen bin, but he also seemed to recognise early on that bins come in many different shapes, sizes and colours,” Emily says. “He would get very excited to point them all out! We walked him around in his pram a lot on a trip to Sydney when he was 20 months old, and noticed he would point and exclaim, ‘Wawa!’ (his made-up word for bin) whenever he saw a bin, often before we had seen them.”

    Family, friends and his childcare have supported his interest. He picks up rubbish at the playground (and sometimes his friends even join in!), and his childcare made a special book with photos of bins from around the world. He has various rubbish bin and rubbish truck related toys, he loves helping his Grandpa take out the bins. His 2nd birthday party had a bin theme, where people could dress in the colours of their local council bins. His Nana even made a green bin birthday cake and sewed a rubbish truck picture on his favourite jumper.

    Luke knows what goes in each of the bins at home and really enjoys taking out the rubbish, including to the ‘squishy plastic bin’ at the shops. He even loves saying hello and goodbye to bins, and telling us which bins need to go on the road for collection each week!

    Asked to name what goes in each colour bin Luke says: Yellow – cardboard rolls and paper. Green – food scraps and leaves. Red – rubbish and nappies.

    It’s great to see someone so young continuing the great work of residents in the City of Burnside!


  • Spring Focus Out This Week

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    Keep an eye on your letterbox this week as the Spring edition of Focus Newsletter will be delivered by Australia Post.

    This edition includes news, events, stories and updates on Council people, places and projects.

    For the first time it is wrapped in fully compostable product so you can place the wrap in your green lidded bin.

    You can also read it online here Focus. And there is an easy to read word version for those with visual impairment.

  • Your Neighbourhood Budget - Plantings at Glenside

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    Another winning project has been installed as part of this year's Your Neighbourhood Budget (YNB), with 19 species of wildflowers, grasses and shrubs planted at Glenside. The idea was submitted by the Environs Club, which aims to attract wildlife and improve the immediate environment around the Glenside Botanica Apartments. The wildflowers, grasses and shrubs were provided from Council’s biodiversity nursery.

  • Dog and Cat Registration Closes 31 August

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    Remember that Dog Registrations need to be renewed by 31 August 2022. Should you have a cat you will also need to update details at www.dogsandcatsonline.com.au

    Late fees and a fine will apply if registration is not received by the due date.

    Should you require any assistance with registration or have any questions regarding renewal, please contact City of Burnside on 8366 4200 between 8.30 am and 5 pm.

    Existing owners and breeders should receive notification from Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) by your Preferred Contact Method whether that be Post, Email or SMS at the beginning of July of each year. Should you wish to change the Preferred Contact Method please go on Dogs and Cats Online. If you do not receive a renewal notification for your dog, please contact your council.

  • Spring Focus Newsletter is Coming Soon!

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    Keep an eye on your letterbox next week as the Spring edition of Focus Newsletter will be delivered by Australia Post.

    This edition includes news, events, stories and updates on Council people, places and projects.

    From Monday you can also read it online. Focus And there is an easy to read word version for those with visual impairment.

  • Burnside Highlights 24 August 2022

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    Mayor of Burnside Anne Monceaux brings you the highlights from Burnside this week, including:

    ✅ Acknowledgment of four years of great achievements
    ✅ New details revealed from the 2021 Census
    ✅ And more!

    To find out more information and receive the latest updates about what's going on in Burnside, sign up to engage.burnside at www.engage.burnside.sa.gov.au

Page last updated: 23 Sep 2022, 09:31 PM