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Thursday, 21 September, 2017

The State Government, in conjunction with Nagambie Lakes Tourism and Commerce, has recently launched the Black Caviar Trail which aims to connect regional Victoria's equine industry with a self-guided trail that tells the stories that have shaped the thoroughbred industry.

The touring route takes in 25 designated sites of significance, commencing at Flemington Racecourse and terminating at Chatswood Stud near Seymour.

The drive takes visitors through the picturesque countryside of regional Victoria, travelling past state of the art training and breeding facilities.

Click here to find out more.




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NBN coming to Strathbogie Shire

Tuesday, 19 September, 2017

Strathbogie Shire residents looking for faster and more reliable internet can breathe a sigh of relief with NBN infrastructure being rolled out in the townships of Euroa and Nagambie.

Technicians have been installing the NBN infrastructure in Nagambie for the past two weeks, with work expected to be complete by February 2018.

It comes after the physical NBN construction work in Euroa (fibre to kerb), which began in early August and is now nearing completion.

The NBN construction in Nagambie involve the installation of low-impact facilities, both above-ground housings (five cabinets and one pillar within a road reserve) and underground infrastructure (pits and conduit).

So while you’re out and about in Nagambie, you may notice workers doing the following work:

 Cable hauling and joining through existing and/or new conduits

 Pit/manhole installation

 Installation of conduit by trenching or direction boring

 Upgrade/repair/raise pits/manholes and clear blockages in conduits

 Installation and maintenance of above-ground housing cabinets

 Installation of an underground electricity connection for above-ground housing cabinets

 Installation/replace/extend communications pillars

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said she was very pleased work was progressing on upgrading the telecommunications in the Shire.

"Advocating for improved telecommunications infrastructure and connectivity in the Strathbogie Shire is one of the key items raised by community and included in the Council Plan," she said.

"As we move into a more digital age, so many of our residents are working from home or remotely, where strong internet connection is crucial.

"We need this important infrastructure as our region grows and develops. Council will also continue to advocate for the telecommunications black spot areas throughout the Strathbogie Shire."

Once the NBN construction is complete, NBN will make the new network available to ‘switch on’ for use in a further 3-6 months in both Euroa and Nagambie.

For updates visit our website and then follow the prompts via Residents>Your Neighbourhood>NBN Rollout.

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Finals Fever in the Strathbogie Shire

Friday, 15 September, 2017

It’s not every day that 10 football and netball sides from the same Shire are competing in the finals series.

Support is pouring in from all sides of the Strathbogie Shire from its four main townships of Avenel, Euroa, Nagambie and Violet Town as they all have either a football or netball side playing in the finals.

This weekend, the Violet Town Towners seniors’ side will face off against the Avenel Swans in the preliminary final at Tallygaroopna.

Whichever side prevails will battle the Kyabram District Football League’s (KDFL) reigning champions, the Nagambie Lakers, in the big Grand Final at the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve on Saturday, 23 September.

The Euroa Magpies’ Reserves team are waiting with bated breath on who they will play in their Goulburn Valley Football League (GVFL) Grand Final at Shepparton’s Deakin Reserve on Sunday, 24 September, with Kyabram facing Shepparton United this Sunday in the preliminary final.

Meanwhile, six Strathbogie Shire netball teams are competing in their Kyabram District Netball League (KDNL) finals series.

Violet Town’s Under-17 side are set to represent their town in the Grand Final, playing either Nagambie or Stanhope.

Nagambie’s C Grade team will play either Tallygaroopna or Murchison in their Grand Final, while Avenel’s B Grade side will play either Merrigum or Tallygaroopna in theirs.

Nagambie continue to dominate the finals series, with its A Grade netball side poised to play either Avenel or Tallygaroopna in the Grand Final.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren wished all teams the best of luck in their 2017 finals campaign.

"It is truly impressive to see so many aspiring sportspeople representing their respective townships from all corners of the Shire," Cr McClaren said.

"Footballers and netballers from all ages should be proud of their sporting achievements and Council are big supporters of grass roots football and netball, which for many is the lifeblood of our younger communities."

Strathbogie Shire Council will operate as normal on the AFL Grand Final Eve, which is Friday, 29 September.

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Shire second-most popular retirement destination

Friday, 8 September, 2017

Its official – the Strathbogie Shire is the second-most popular retirement destination in Victoria, according to recent Census data.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Strathbogie Shire is the second- most popular retirement region for people over 65 years old in Victoria, sharing the spot with the Central Goldfields and is second after Queenscliff (which is number one in Australia).

Census data (from 2016) shows Strathbogie has 27.4 per cent of people over 65 with the overall median age of 52.

Strathbogie was one of 50 Council areas selected nationally with the highest proportion of residents aged at least 65 years of age due to its house value growth performance - and not one of them was located within a capital city.

The median house price in the Strathbogie Shire is $279,912, highlighting that relocating to the Strathbogie Shire upon retirement is an affordable option.

But what is it about the Strathbogie Shire that is so appealing to retirees?

"It’s not surprising to us that a lot of people are choosing to relocate to our beautiful Strathbogie Shire after years living in bigger regional areas or major capital cities. We have friendly, welcoming communities and wonderful natural resources," Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said.

"Strathbogie Shire is also very welcoming for our younger generations and we encourage First Home Buyers and businesses to consider building or buying in the Shire. We are a wonderfully progressive Council working with our communities to build flourishing places to live, work and play.

"There is state of the art health care in Euroa, Nagambie and Violet Town available, as well as various community groups to get involved in (there are too many to mention) as volunteers like the Euroa Community Cinema, visitor information centres or local emergency services."

Among the different townships’ iconic attractions, she said, include the picturesque Lake Nagambie, Seven Creeks and Polly McQuinn’s, as well as the popular Violet Town Market and rowing regattas were just some of the constant reminders of why the Strathbogie Shire is a great place to retire.

"With the fresh air and wide open spaces, why wouldn’t you want to live amongst some of the most well-known and captivating attractions in Victoria, away from the hustle and bustle of city life?"


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MCH celebrates 100 years in Victoria

Thursday, 7 September, 2017

Maternal and Child Health in the Euroa region is a very different reality today than when it first began in 1937.

President of the Euroa Historical Society, Roma Joyce, recalls a time around 1960 when the infant welfare centre operated out of a tiny room at the Council office.

"The room was so small we had to leave our prams outside, and if it was raining you just had to throw something over the pram and hope for the best," she said.

Maternal and Child Health is celebrating 100 years in Victoria this year.

100 years ago was an even greater contrast to today.

In 1914, 10 to 11 per cent of babies born in Melbourne died before their first birthday.

Such alarming mortality rates prompted an international infant welfare movement and saw a committee of Melbourne medical practitioners recommend the establishment of baby health clinics across Victoria.

Poverty and lack of education were the major concerns during this time, with many deaths caused by preventative diseases associated with unrefrigerated milk, as breastfeeding was unpopular at the time.

The first baby health centre was established in Richmond in 1917 with Nurse Muriel Peck, who started with one set of scales, a desk and a notebook.

By 1927 there were 99 centres across the state and infant mortality rates had halved.

The first Maternal and Child Health nurse in Euroa was Foundation Sister Catherine Fahey, who began consulting in 1937 and visited Euroa and Violet Town.

The Maternal and Child Health Centre that is utilised today opened in Euroa in December 1963.

By June 1996 services had expanded to cover the whole Shire, with the employment of our current long-serving nurse Jane Davey.

Jane said things were much different back then.

"We hand-wrote everything and there were no mobile phones," Jane said.

"With such a large area to cover, being the only nurse for the Shire was very challenging at times."

Today, Victoria has over 662 physical Maternal and Child Health Centres and over 1100 MCH nurses, delivering over 827,000 consultations each year.

"Maternal and child health is a terribly important role that councils play in their local communities," Jane said.

"In rural areas, the maternal and child health nurse is a free point of contact for parents to get support for themselves and their children."

Jane has thoroughly enjoyed the years of nursing with Strathbogie Shire Council.

"I really enjoy working with families and mothers groups and helping parents bond with their babies and grow in confidence," she said.

Jane is so grateful to now have Nurse Cheryl Kearney and Alana Morrison in admin assisting her with the workload.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council is so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to support children and parents in the region.

"Council would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of Maternal and Child Health nurses that have served our Shire and across Victoria over the last 100 years," she said.

"Our children are our future and this service has been absolutely crucial in ensuring their health and wellbeing."

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Strathbogie Shire Council welcomes all to attend a morning tea and display of historical maternal and child health items in the Council Chambers on Wednesday, 13 September at 10am.

This will be followed by a free documentary screening of Babies [G] in the Euroa Community Cinema.

Please RSVP to or call Council on 5795 0000 for catering purposes.


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Memorial Park project begins in Euroa

Monday, 4 September, 2017

A fresh, new park commemorating war heroes from throughout the Shire of Strathbogie is under construction in Euroa.

The Memorial Park, situated in the vacant land next to the Telstra Exchange building on the corner of Brock and McGuinness streets, is a true community project from the Rotary Club of Euroa.

This is the next big war memorial in the Euroa township, which is fast making a name for itself due to the success of the popular VC Memorial Park on Kirkland Avenue.

Strathbogie Shire Council has joined forces with Rotary to help provide upgraded infrastructure to the community with new toilets close to the main street in addition to the memorial park.

Rotarian Brian Bamford has been instrumental in the project, explaining it came from a suggestion to utilise the Telstra site for community use.

"After meeting with the relevant Telstra representatives, who indicated they would be willing to lease the land to a local group in perpetuity," Brian said.

"I took the proposition to our club with the idea that we could develop the block into a ‘Village Green’.

"Firstly it would clean up what has been an eyesore for some 30 years but it would also allow us to create a space where people could rest while stopping or while waiting for people at the doctors.

"There was always some thought that a memorial of some kind should form a small part of the park."

Rotary then applied for a State Government Victoria Remembers grant (worth $80,000) for projects that expressed remembrance of those who took part in WW1, to which they were successful.

"The plan was to inscribe the name of all personnel who enlisted from Euroa and district. This list has been compiled by local historian Jeff Starkey.

"We will have a park with five memorial boards, with the main purpose being that this area is a place for rest or for visitors to our town to have their lunch," he said.

He said Rotary hopes to invite the Lions and Apex clubs to help complete the project.

Currently, work is almost complete on the all-abilities, accessible toilet facility and adjoining shelter veranda area, which is Council-funded.

The existing toilet block, which sits on the pavement in the same location, will be removed, making way for additional car parks and a disabled space.

All this is part of Council’s $200,000 commitment towards the project.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor, Councillor Amanda McClaren said she is looking forward to seeing the project come to fruition.

"Strathbogie Shire Council is proud to support our local community in creating a new landscape for our residents to enjoy and recognise those who fought bravely in WW1 so that we could live in the peace we are blessed with today," she said.

"Council recognises the need to upgrade the existing toilets on Brock Street, which has been identified from comments from both community and visitors to town."

Other key items in this community project include:

  • Service infrastructure to the site, water, sewer and stormwater
  • Solar power units to run the electrical needs of the site, within the building
  • Solar tower lights in the garden
  • Garden area (which Rotary and community members will complete)
  • New seats and rubbish/recycling bins
  • A hydration station/drinking fountain, donated by Goulburn Valley Water
  • Additional street lighting near the toilet area
  • Memorial plinths (supplied through a State Government grant) in memory of WW1

Council and Rotary will coordinate and financially support the project wherever possible, steering it through to its November completion date.


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Dragons hit the water in Nagambie

Friday, 1 September, 2017

In Chinese culture, the Dragon rides the clouds in the sky, commanding the wind, mist and rain.

Dragon Boats will be riding the waters of Lake Nagambie at the inaugural Nagambie Dragon Boat Regatta in September.

The event will see an excess of 250 competitors from 11 clubs across Victoria gather to compete in a variety of 200m and 2000m distances at the Regatta Centre on the beautiful Lake Nagambie.

Dragon Boats Victoria general manager Chris Schleusener said dragon boat racing is a highly competitive sport that celebrates the unique origins of Chinese culture.

"Dragon boating is a national sport in Australia and has around 2000 years of history in ancient Chinese culture," he said.

A dragon boat is best described as "a giant canoe", he said, with 10 competitors paddling on each side of the boat.

A sweep stands at the back with a large oar and steers the direction of the boat, and a drummer sits at the front of the boat to keep the rhythm of the rowing.

Spectators also have the opportunity to come and try their hand at dragon boating.

"We want to give people the chance to try dragon boating for themselves and we will give them the basic tips and training to get them out on the water," Chris said.

The Dragon Boat was originally used for religious purposes as a way to appease the rain gods.

The event is proudly supported by Strathbogie Shire Council, and is one of over 30 events held at the Nagambie Regatta Centre each year.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said events like these bring so much enjoyment to the region and are a great tourism opportunity for the Shire.

"It’s so great to see the Nagambie Regatta Centre utilised by a variety of amazing events each year," she said.

"One of our goals in the new Council Plan is to support and drive economic development in our region, and sponsoring events like these are one of the ways we are achieving this."

Strathbogie Shire will also be supporting the Cranksters Cruise at Lake Nagambie from 15-17 September, which sees the Cranksters Rod and Kustom Club Victoria bring a weekend of cars, live music and fun to the region.

Spectators can attend the Dragon Boat racing on Sunday, 10 September between 8.30am-4.30pm and can come and try dragon boating from 2.30-4.30pm.


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Shire-wide community pools strategy underway

Friday, 1 September, 2017

Work has begun on the development of the Strathbogie Shire Community Pools Strategy with Otium Planning Group appointed to undertake the strategy.

The Strathbogie Shire Community Pools Working Group recently met with Otium Planning Group and will provide an important reference point as the strategy advances.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor and Community Pools Working Group Chair Amanda McClaren said Council identified the need for a strategic review of its pools after an internal assessment revealed the aging infrastructure of existing pools would require significant expenditure and upgrade in coming years.

"The strategy will look at each of the four pools and identify what opportunities exist to improve or further develop these facilities. At the completion of the strategy Council and the community will have a clear vision for the longer term development of pools in the Shire," Cr McClaren said.

The strategy is expected to be completed in early 2018 and will involve an extensive community engagement component which will build on feedback already received from the community.

"In determining future options for our pools it is necessary to consider the whole picture which includes a thorough assessment of operating and capital expenditure, patronage and the condition of existing pools. The challenge is to then balance these factors against the community’s needs and expectation.

"Our pools provide enormous benefit to our communities’ health and wellbeing and allow for valuable social and recreation experiences and so it is integral that we undertake the necessary planning to ensure both their sustainability and viability.

"There were more than 40,000 visits to the Avenel, Euroa, Nagambie and Violet Town pools during the 2016-17 pool season which highlights the extent to which the community enjoy and value these facilities," Cr McClaren said.

Council has started discussions to source external funding to allow for the implementation of key outcomes to come out of the strategy and will continue to lobby the State and Federal Governments for future funding.

"The ability to be able to fund any future development or upgrades identified at the completion of the strategy is critical and will require a financial contribution from other levels of government.

"The Community Pools Strategy allows us to be a serious contender in future grant applications, which is necessary to move forward with any development opportunities that may be identified," Cr McClaren said.

The Community Pools Working Group was formed to look at pools within the Shire holistically and have met regularly since its inception.

"I would like to sincerely thank all the volunteers involved in the Pools Working Group for their dedication, ideas and commitment to their own community pool and the wider Strathbogie Shire Pools Working Group. Their input and passion has been both valuable and inspiring," Cr McClaren said.

The working group initiated a community survey in early 2016 which was provided to all households in the Shire and received 864 responses. A separate survey was conducted of school students within the Shire. Over 38 per cent of survey respondents ranked pools as a top five priority area for Council.

The next phase of community consultation will take place in coming months and will build on the feedback received through the initial community survey.

Cr McClaren said the group was excited to be able to draw on the knowledge and expertise of the Otium Planning Group who are industry leaders in the development of aquatic facilities across Australia and further afield.

Caption: (from left) Felicity Edwards, Wendy Dustan (Opium Planning Group), Strathbogie Shire CEO Steve Crawcour, Kate Maddock (Opium), Cr Malcolm Little, Nicholas Bradley, Tiffany Ellis, Jeff Moran, John Thompson and Council Manager Assets Bruce Braines at the recent Pools Working Group meeting, where the Shire Wide Aquatic Strategy first started coming together.


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Seniors Festival Grants

The Department of Health and Human Services provides Strathbogie Shire Council with a Victorian Seniors Festival Active Living Grant to enable activities and events to be conducted throughout the month of October.

The theme for 2017 is You're Welcome, to continue with the inclusivity, diversity and 'come and have a try' messages associated with the Festival in recent years.

This year Council is making available grants for Senior Citizens groups to host activities or events that will benefit our community.



Avenel Senior Citizens, Euroa Third Age Club, Longwood Senior Citizens, Nagambie Senior Citizens and Violet Town Senior Citizens may each apply for a grant of up to $400.

To receive the grant the group is required to submit an application through the SmartyGrants Portal on the Strathbogie Shire Council website.

The event or activity should be free of charge for participants and held during the month of October.

The event should be advertised widely using the Seniors Festival Branding Toolkit, with inclusion of Strathbogie Shire Council promotional material.

The Seniors Festival Branding Toolkit is available HERE.

A basic Acquittal Form must be submitted via the SmartyGrants portal at the completion of the event or activity.



Senior Citizen Groups can apply for a Seniors Festival Grant by clicking HERE  


For further information about SmartyGrants please click HERE.

For further information regarding Seniors Festival Grants Funding 2017 please contact Team Leader Liveability on 03 5795 0000 or


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]]> (Kylie Dowell) Community Tue, 29 Aug 2017 05:57:19 +1000
Targa High Country returns to Strathbogie Shire

Tuesday, 29 August, 2017

One of the biggest road rallies in Australia is coming back to the Strathbogie Shire this November.

Three short-term road closures have been approved by Council for the eighth annual Targa High Country rally on Friday, 10 November.

All vehicles involved in the competitive rally will stop in Binney Street, Euroa for lunch and a public car display, as they have done in previous years.

The roads affected by the event (and the times they are closed) are:

  •  Galls Gap Road (between Euroa-Mansfield Road and Kippings Road) – 9am-3pm
  •  Harry’s Creek Road (between Creek Junction Road and Hays Road) – 9.35am-3pm
  •  Binney Street, Euroa (between Railway Street and Brock Street) – 10.08am-2.38pm

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Targa Australia have sent letters to each resident/ratepayer with properties in the 3666 and 3669 postcodes informing them of the closures and event.

"In addition to this, Council will arrange letters to be mailed to specific properties located on both the Galls Gap Road and Harry’s Creek Road legs where the property address and mailing address do not match," she said.

"Council reminds residents who live on they closed roads that they will not be able to leave their homes or access their properties during this time until the roads are re-opened."

She said the entire region would be promoted around the world during the event.

"This is a very big thing for our community and will do wonders for the local economy as well as showcase what our beautiful Shire has to offer in terms of scenery and attractions," she said.

In the case of medical emergencies occurring for affected residents during the road closure period, the race will be stopped to allow access of emergency vehicles.

Targa will also have an intensive care paramedic on site which will enable faster than normal access to medical treatment.

Marshals will be stationed at all road closure points during the closures, providing advice to drivers of approaching vehicles of alternative detour routes to the specific destination they are seeking.

For more information on the event, visit or call (03) 6221-8800.



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