Monday brought a wonderful surprise for me - my daughter Jo invited me to a high tea at the beautiful Windsor Hotel, Melbourne. I caught the bus that has replaced all trains for 2 weeks while school holidays are on and so that VLine can work on the rail tracks, then a quick tram ride down Bourke St to Spring St and the Windsor hotel. A wonderful 2 hrs with Jo and little grandkids.
The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne has been serving traditional afternoon tea every day since 1883.
Our luxury hotel in Melbourne serves its renowned afternoon teas on silver three tiered stands where freshly baked scones are served with jam and cream and exquisite pastries sit above delicate finger sandwiches. A glass of French sparkling is served on arrival and an extensive selection of speciality teas and coffees are brought to your table throughout the afternoon.
Due to my bile/metalic taste I stuck to a scone and beautiful sandwiches and Sencha green tea!
'DISPOSING of asbestos will be cheaper and easier in the Shoalhaven as part of a 12-month trial that started on July 1.'
Comment: As posted in June this scheme also includes the Sydney suburbs of Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Hills Shire, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, Auburn, Blacktown, and Fairfield and many others. If you live in NSW it is worthwhile checking with your local council to see if they are part of the scheme, and if so when it will commence.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will begin a trial of the Householders’ Asbestos Disposal Scheme in 24 councils including Shoalhaven from this week.
During the trial Shoalhaven residents can dispose of small amounts of wrapped bonded asbestos for $102 per tonne, rather than the normal charge of $290 per tonne.
Asbestos inspector and auditor Neil Wallace from Asbestos Reporting South Coast said most people would be surprised at how many Shoalhaven residents work with asbestos as if it was harmless.
Mr Wallace thought people would be also be shocked at how often asbestos was dumped in the bush.
“People who dump this stuff in the bush are exposing themselves and possibly their loved ones to asbestos,” he said.
“This reduction in the cost to dump it properly will be a plus.”
Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash was pleased Shoalhaven was chosen to participate in the pilot scheme.
“The successful councils had been selected by an independent review panel based on
the merit of their applications,” she said.
“Results of the pilot program will be independently analysed to inform the NSW government on the best approach to reduce the dumping of asbestos waste.”
The limit for an individual under the trial will be five tonnes and is based on the average house in Western Sydney built in the 1950s having four tonnes of asbestos.
The West Nowra and Ulladulla recycling and waste depots will participate in the scheme.
To be eligible, Shoalhaven
residents must register with council prior to proceeding to the landfill.
A coupon will be issued and the discount automatically applied.
The scheme will finish on June 30, 2015 and is available to Shoalhaven householders only.