I would like to contribute to the proposed changes to local law. For 20 years I have ‘gleaned’ art materials as a way of creating that is low impact on the environment. If local laws are changed it would make my actions unlawful this seems to be retrograde at a time we need to be encouraging thrifty actions.
Firewood, flowers and fruit collection
For the last 5 years I have collected willow at Lake Daylesford to use in art projects around the Shire. For example, Artist in Schools at Daylesford Secondary, workshops at Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, Nature Devours Art in Glenlyon and Magic Pudding Cubby in Creswick. These projects were funded activities by state and federal government. If this law is to be changed in the way proposed I will not be able to collect willow in the Hepburn Shire and contribute to the cultural fabric of the Shire in the way I have been. I will also not be able to encourage participants in my workshops to collect willow from the Shire making my willow workshops problematic.
I have frequently used the metal pile to source materials for a private sculpture I have been creating in 2019. As a responsible resident I am able to negotiate the tip safely and am prepared to sign a waiver if I need to. I am proud of the Shire’s commitment to having a Tip Shop and allowing residents to salvage items for use. I think it is a crime to throw away useful materials and objects not to want to salvage them.
Safety is a consideration but not the only one. If the wording of the proposed local law is changed to encourage people to take care but utilise what our Shire offers this would be a good compromise.