NORTHERN Grampians Shire Council will introduce new hours at its transfer stations to provide residents with greater access to the service during times of high demand.
The amended hours reflect site use as determined by a survey by council in September.
Residents indicated they would benefit from increased opening hours at weekends and peak periods.
Mayor Kevin Erwin said council would change the operating hours of the Stawell, St Arnaud and Halls Gap sites in response to the community feedback.
“We believe we have come up with an arrangement that will best meet community demand,” he said.
“We have introduced seasonal hours at St Arnaud and Halls Gap, while the Stawell transfer station will be open for longer on weekends.
“What we’ve tried to do is keep the facilities open when people are most likely to need them and reduce instances where we have a staff member on site to provide for one or two people.”
The Halls Gap transfer station made the transition to updated hours yesterday.
New hours at the Stawell transfer station will start on March 5, while the St Arnaud transfer station hours will change on June 1.
Until March 4: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm to 6pm; Fridays noon to 3pm.
From March 5: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm to 5pm; Fridays 10am to noon.
From December 26 to April 30: Wednesdays and Sundays, noon to 5pm; Saturdays 10am to 3pm.
May 1 to August 30: Wednesdays and Sundays, 1pm to 4pm.
September 1 to April 30: Wednesdays and Sundays, noon to 5pm; Saturdays, 10am to 3pm.
Until May 31: Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, noon to 5pm; Saturdays noon to 5pm.
June 1 to August 30: Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 1pm to 5pm.
September 1 to April 30: Tuesdays and Fridays, noon to 5pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm.
May 1 to August 31: Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 1pm to 5pm.