Over 200 people attended a free community event at the Euroa Swimming Pool aimed at providing awareness to services available for the younger generation.
Save the Children's Mobile Youth Van (M.Y. van) was on hand recently at the pool for the Shire's youngsters to chill out for two hours and listen to music and learn about outreach services that provide activities such as sport, music and art, which can greatly benefit young peope who live in remote, isolated or disadvantaged communities.
Organised by EVOLVE Youth of Strathbogie, the Rotary Club of Euroa was also in attendance, providing a free barbeque.
For more information on M.Y.van, go to www.savethechildren.org.au/our-work/program-selector/myvan.
Friday, February 17th, 2017
Stage two of the Euroa Saleyards roof project is in full swing, with the installation of steel columns and trusses for an 1800m2 roof extension.
The successful contractor for these works is Don Newnham Engineering of Euroa.
This company also undertook the successful stage one project in 2015.
Strathbogie Shire has received $500,000 from Regional Development Victoria, with Council contributing $25,000.
The project will provide shade and protection from the elements for both cattle and clients, enhancing the saleyards’ standing and competitiveness in the region – and ultimately its longevity and economic benefits.
Prior to the roof extension, the overhead power lines were relocated to Boundary Road North and as well as some laneway improvements.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council was pleased with the progression to stage two of the saleyards roof project.
"This significant project will make conditions much more comfortable for both the livestock and the people working at the saleyards," she said.
"This project supports the Euroa Saleyards as one of our significant and competitive economic drivers in our region."
It is expected the project will be complete by late April 2017.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Strathbogie Shire Council is successful in funding a pedestrian underpass at a busy Euroa railway intersection.
The $75,000 grant from the Department of Economic Development Jobs, Transport and Resources’ Transport Investing in Regions initiative will go towards the rail crossing project at Birkett Street (Euroa), which intersects with the end of Campbell Street.
There has been significant demand for the crossing from residents and recognition of the safety risk to a range of pedestrians crossing using the road carriageway, which does not include a formal level crossing.
It comes after Council extended the footpath along Campbell Street last year, with many pedestrians utilising it going to and from Euroa Secondary College as well as the Good Start Early Learning Centre.
There has also been an increase in the number of vehicles accessing the road at school drop-off and pick-up times, making the underpass a beneficial project.
The project, which sees Council contribute $138,000 is still in its design phase and will include plans for surface drainage consideration, configuration of pump pit and pump arrangement, retaining wall structure and departure ramps on suitable pavement.
The footpath on Campbell Street will continue from the corner of Hinton Street to the underpass, finishing metres from the railway line on Birkett Street.
The project will include coordination with various rail authorities and an engineering consultant, revision of drawings and acceptance of detailed design plans with the appointment of an approved rail corridor contractor via a tender process.
Mayor Amanda McClaren said the underpass was a necessary and worthwhile project, considering the high volume of pedestrians using it coming from (or going to) the nearby secondary school and day care centre.
“It (Birkett Street) is a dangerous intersection for pedestrians. Council believes this underpass will help keep them safe,” she said.
It is expected construction will take about six months in the second half of 2017.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Tree roots in Euroa’s central business district have caused significant damage to pavers along Binney Street.
In the 1990s, many Manchurian Pear trees were planted along Binney and Brock streets in Euroa and were selected, at the time, for their suitability and on the proviso that the roots would grow down rather than causing damage to the pavers circling the trees.
While it is unclear as to what has caused the roots to grow so erratically, droughts which have occurred over the last 25 years may be a factor.
Seven Creeks Ward Councillors Mick Williams and John Mason recently inspected the damage and urged the local community to give feedback on what should be done with the trees.
"The invasive root system on these trees have popped the pavers and cracked the asphalt, sometimes at considerable distance from the trees," Cr Mason said.
"The worst case scenario would be to remove the trees and plant a tree with a non-invasive root system."
"Council first caught wind of this after a conversation with community members and are horrified with the damage caused.
"But we want to hear from the local community about what they think about the issue."
Cr Mason said the perfect opportunity to address the issue would be at the upcoming Let’s Talk – We are Listening Conversation Café in Euroa on February 16.
"Council wants to have the community consider the trees’ future or landscape features to resolve or defer the problem," Cr Williams said.
"But for safety reasons, some of the pavers around the trees on Binney St will need to be removed."
The Euroa Conversation Café will be held at the Euroa Library from 5-7pm on Thursday, February 16.