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Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

Strathbogie Shire Council has appointed an Infrastructure Recovery Project Manager from GMR Engineering Services who is currently working closely with Council to assess, scope and deliver infrastructure works in response to the December flood event.

Immediately after the flood event, Council made a Natural Disaster Funding Claim to State Treasury for the damage to essential assets.

Works undertaken under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Assistance (NDRRA) package require Council to follow strict guidelines, including only undertaking works to restore assets to their pre-existing condition.

Early works packages to prioritised areas are expected to get underway over the next few weeks.

Mayor Amanda McClaren said “Council thanks the community for their continued patience and will keep them informed on recovery works as things progress.”

“Please take care on the roads and pay particular attention to signage and road closures.”

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Tuesday, 9 January, 2018

ABC’s ‘Back Roads’ program sees Heather Ewart explore the Back Roads of Australia, uncovering remarkable country towns and inspiring local people.

Heather and the ‘Back Roads’ crew made the trip to Violet Town to put together an episode which will wrap up their third season, going to air on Monday 29 January.

There is no town more inspiring and charming than Violet Town, a small community with a huge character, located in the Strathbogie Shire, just two hours from Melbourne.

Violet Town is renowned for its monthly market. Founded in 1978, the premier market takes place on the second Saturday of the month, with over 250 stalls of regional produce, plants, handmade arts and crafts and more.

Mayor Amanda McClaren said the program is an exciting opportunity for the town and region.

“I have no doubt viewers will fall in love with Violet Town and its beautiful community,” Cr McClaren said.

“Council is optimistic about increased visitation to Violet Town and the region as a result of this media exposure.”

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Monday, 8 January, 2018

21-year-old first home buyer, Jamieson Clarke is the very first person to take up the rates holiday initiative offered in the Strathbogie Shire.

Jamieson grew up in Toolamba and made the decision to build in the Strathbogie Shire to be closer to Lindsay Park Racing Stables, where she is employed.

“I wanted to move closer to Lindsay Park and Euroa is a sweet country town so it suits me well,” Ms Clarke explained.

The Rates Holiday initiative was adopted in Council's 2017-18 Budget, granting a full rebate of two years rates for those eligible for the State's First Home Owners Grant.

Eligible residents will receive a waiver of their general rate and the municipal charge for a two year period.

Mayor Amanda McClaren said she encourages those looking to break into the housing market to consider the rates holiday opportunity.

"The Rates Holiday is an exciting initiative that gives first home buyers the chance to purchase an affordable home free from rates for the first two years, and just an hour and a half from Melbourne," Cr McClaren said.

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Friday, 5 January, 2018

In support of the Country Fire Authority of Victoria and under the legislative requirements of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958, Council has been actively involved in their role to reduce fire hazards within and abutting urban areas.

To date, in excess of 200 Fire Prevention Notices and 62 fines have been issued for properties in the Strathbogie Shire.

Fire Prevention Notices and fines will continue to be issued throughout the declared Fire Danger Period.

If you have any questions regarding an infringement, this must be provided in writing to Council by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the payment date outlined on the infringement.

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