News in brief: Free compost for Lake Mac residents this weekend

FREE STUFF: Council staff will pile loads of compost into utes and trailers for Lake Macqurie residents this weekend. But bookings are essential. Picture: Supplied
FREE STUFF: Council staff will pile loads of compost into utes and trailers for Lake Macqurie residents this weekend. But bookings are essential. Picture: Supplied

THIS weekend, Lake Macquarie City Council will give away compost that has been processed from food and garden waste collected through the green bin service. Residents must book quickly to secure their spot in one of the eight giveaway sessions over the weekend. The giveaway will take place at the Lake Macquarie Organics Resource Recovery Facility, inside Awaba Waste Management Facility. Staff will load the compost onto residents' trailers or utes. For session times and bookings go to trybooking.com/BCYUA.

Office of sport engages Myuna Bay contractors

THE NSW Office of Sport has engaged contractors to complete maintenance work at Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre in a move that has enraged the staff union. The Public Service Association has slammed the action given the centre's permanent maintenance staff remain "in limbo" on special leave. The PSA said if work was outsourced, permanent staff feared it would likely lead to their replacement if the centre was to reopen. MP Greg Piper described the decision to approach contractors as "bizarre".

Thicker bags delivered to Lake Mac households

LAKE Macquarie City Council is continuing to distribute thicker, more durable, compostable bags to residents. Rolls of 150 bags are being delivered, along with the annual Waste Service Guide, to all households across Lake Macquarie. Top-up bags of 50 can be collected free of charge at Lake Mac Libraries, council's administration building in Speers Point, the council works depot in Boolaroo, the Landcare Resource Centre in Teralba, and Awaba Waste Management Facility. Proof of address is required.

Continuing Fred's work

THE Fred Hollows Foundation has thanked the people of Lake Macquarie whose generosity helped deliver 929,106 eye operations and treatments in 2018. Lake Macquarie donated more than $47,000 over the 2018 financial year, helping The Fred Hollows Foundation to train 59,207 eye surgeons, nurses, community health workers and teachers to continue the late doctor's legacy of restoring sight for the world's poorest people. Donate at hollows.org, or call 1800 352 352.

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