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Friday, March 24th, 2017

An all-ages talent show is returning to the Strathbogie Shire in April.

Fast Track, part of National Youth Week, aims to involve the whole community (and wider Victoria) to take part in an action-packed day at the Euroa Community Cinema.

From toddlers to senior citizens, Fast Track is the perfect opportunity to display your unique talents to a larger audience.

Fast Track are looking for singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, DJs, poets and more to strut their stuff on the big stage.

Strathbogie Shire Youth Development Officer Inga Hamilton said this year, Council and Fast Track organisers were spreading the net "far and wide" to find talented people of all ages, shapes and sizes to compete.

"It’s an opportunity for kids to attend a drug and alcohol free event locally (Strathbogie Shire, Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria) in the middle of the school holidays," she said.

"It’s an opportunity for voices to be heard, talent to be seen.

"In the country, there’s not a lot of exposure available to talented people. With Fast Track, people can go and see other members of the community perform and take part in it themselves."

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Fast Track was a great opportunity for the Shire’s youth to demonstrate the high calibre and passion of their artistic talent.

"We are delighted that Fast Track is running again this year," she said.

"I would encourage every young person to get involved, you never know where an opportunity to participate in such an event may lead."

The event was last held in the Strathbogie Shire in 2015, which saw Moama’s Isaiah Firebrace come second in the competition but eventually win, in 2016, the Seven Network’s The X Factor.

Isaiah will this year be Australia’s representative for Eurovision 2017 in May.

Kicking off at 9am on Saturday, April 8, heats will be running throughout the day until the finals at 7pm.

Entry during the day is free with only $5 required for the big finale.

For more information, contact

]]> (Anthony) Latest News Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:23:32 +1100
APS Heads of the River turns 150

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The oldest continuously run school regatta in the world will be taking place this weekend in Nagambie, expected to attract up to 20,000 people to the region.

The Associated Public Schools (APS) Heads of the River this year celebrates 150 years of friendly rivalry between 11 elite schools in Victoria, with the event originally starting with Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College.

Back in 1868, John C. Field (on behalf of Mr Morrison’s pupils at Scotch College) challenged Dr Bromby’s pupils at Melbourne Grammar School to a friendly oar gig race to be rowed from the Botanical Bridge to Edward’s Boathouse (Princes Bridge).

In June that year, Scotch won the race and since then the Heads of the River race was born and has been contested every year since.

Over the years, the competition has moved from the Yarra River to the Barwon River, and for the last 11 years, right here at Lake Nagambie.

This year the participating schools will be Brighton Grammar, Carey Grammar, Caulfield Grammar, Geelong College, Geelong Grammar, Haileybury, Melbourne Grammar, St Kevin’s College, Scotch College, Wesley College and Xavier College.

APS Sport executive officer Luke Soulos said the numbers have increased over the years.

"Heads of the River is the largest continuously run school regatta in the world," he said.

"It (rowing) is one of the four traditional core sports that help found APS (the other being Australian Football, cricket and athletics), so it’s good to know the event has stood the test of time for the last 150 years.

"It’s a fantastic feat in terms of historical significance, with the event making a significant impact to the local community wherever it is held."

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council was delighted to see the 150th Heads of the River once again being fiercely contested at the Lake Nagambie Regatta Centre this weekend.

"This significant milestone is linked beautifully with our Nagambie area, as next year marks 150 years since the establishment of the Nagambie township," she said.

"Lake Nagambie and the connecting Goulburn River, also fondly referred to as the River of Dreams, have produced many champions over the past 15 years, from Olympic rowers, to Gift runners and unbeaten racehorses.

"This is the place where dreams are made and we are pleased the APS Heads of the River continues to see Nagambie as the ideal venue for the 2017 event."

Amongst the almost 1500 athletes competing, students range from years 7 to 12 and will compete in 36 events on Saturday.

All the action starts at 9am with the Girls and Boys Second Eight events, ending with the Girls and Boys First Eight Head of the River final at 3.10 and 3.20pm respectively.

For more information, go to or APS social media sites as well as APS Sport Executive Officer Luke Soulos on 0417 512 174.

]]> (Anthony) Latest News Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:18:29 +1100
Refurbishment of Nagambie Library complete

March 15, 2017

A more refreshed and revamped Nagambie Library is now open to the public following significant funding from the State Government.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, as well as Strathbogie Shire councillors, officially ‘opened’ the library on Wednesday, March 15 in front of local residents and key project stakeholders.

In 2016, Council received a $90,000 grant from the State Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund to upgrade and refresh a library which desperately needed a facelift.

This funding was announced at the unveiling of yet another new library in the Strathbogie Shire, that in Violet Town (also last year).

The $110,000 project, which includes $10,000 each from Council and Goulburn Valley Libraries, boasts a major refurbishment to improve both the exterior and interior of the library.

A more modern space with a smaller, fresher collection, as well as more seating options and expanded children’s and teen area is part of the completed project.

Library signage and gardening work has also been done to spruce up the building’s overall appearance.

An after-hours returns chute has been added to better improve customer options and service.

Additional computer desks, TV screen outlets and an automatic book scanner have also been included.

Mayor Amanda McClaren said this long awaited project is a must for the Nagambie region and one Council is immensely proud of.

"Goulburn Valley Libraries has done an outstanding job in revitalising three libraries in our Shire, with Euroa, Violet Town and now Nagambie having grown not only in size but also in character as true community hubs for residents," she said.

"This investment in our Shire shows there is potential to grow."

]]> (Anthony) Latest News Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:02:50 +1100
Community invited to meeting on cinema management

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Cinema-goers are invited to a public meeting with Strathbogie Shire Council to discuss the option of giving the Euroa Community Cinema to the community to operate and manage.

A meeting on Wednesday (March 15) will aim to inform community members of the following:

• Public participation and community control allows the community to be engaged and empowered with the operational functions and direction of the Euroa Community Cinema.

• The proposal has been presented to the Euroa Community Cinema Operating Committee, exploring a number of different operating models.

• The community will manage the cinema as an incorporated entity, with elected positions such as President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer and various sub-committees focusing on film selection, ticketing, projection and more.

• Council will still own the cinema but complete operation and control lies with the community.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council looked forward to hearing the outcomes of the community meeting.

"This is a real opportunity for the cinema-goers, and broader community, to be empowered to run the cinema by the community, for the community," she said.

Based on feedback from the community meeting, a recommendation will be made to Council and if successful, an Expression of Interest for Committee positions process will commence.

Once this committee is assembled, training will begin, as will the official handover from Council.

To have your say on the proposed incorporation of the cinema, come to the Euroa Community Cinema on Wednesday, March 15 at 7pm on Bury Street, Euroa.

For more information, visit the cinema’s Facebook page or contact Inga Hamilton on 5795-0000.


]]> (Anthony) Latest News Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:37:03 +1100
Permits to burn for agricultural purposes, permitted

CFA recommends permits to burn for agricultural purposes


Country Fire Authority District 22 Operations Manager Tony Owen has recommended to Strathbogie Shire Council that conditions are now suitable for the consideration of applications for permits to burn under Schedule 13 of the CFA Act.

This recommendation also applies to the Moira and Greater Shepparton areas.

Schedule 13 Permits for the burning of grass, stubble or vegetation may be issued for agricultural purposes from this week.

Burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation during the Fire Danger Period is permitted only if the land holder has a written permit issued by the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, a Fire Prevention Officer of a public authority or by the CFA District 22 office.

A permit is only valid if all conditions are followed, including light up times, notifications, weather conditions and required means of extinguishment.

Before burning off:

  • Obtain a permit from Council or CFA and comply with all permit conditions
  • Notify neighbours at least two hours before starting the burn
  • Notify the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) on 1800 668 511
  • Check the weather forecast for the day of the burn and a few days afterwards
  • Check the fuel moisture conditions
  • Establish a fire break of no less than three metres cleared of all flammable material
  • Make sure there are enough people to monitor, contain and extinguish the burn safely and effectively

]]> (Anthony) Latest News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:32:56 +1100
Mobile Youth Van stops at Euroa Pool

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

]]> (Anthony) Latest News Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:08:10 +1100
Roof extension at Euroa Saleyards begins

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.


]]> (Anthony) Latest News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:22:08 +1100
Pedestrian underpass, footpath extension coming to Birkett St

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.

]]> (Anthony) Latest News Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:18:03 +1100
Tree roots causing damage in Euroa's CBD

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.

For more information on this process, call (03) 5795-0000 or email


]]> (Anthony) Latest News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:32:23 +1100
Road Works

Current Road Works


Resheeting At Bartons Lane, Creightons Creek

Bartons Lane has been resheeted with gravel to improve the condition of the road.

Project Date: February 2017

Project Cost: $38,000

Completion Date: Friday 3rd February 2017





Resheeting at Longwood-Mansfield Rd, Creightons Creek

Longwood-Mansfield Road has been resheeted with gravel to improve the condition of the road.

Project Date: February 2017

Project Cost: $52,000

Completion Date: Tuesday 7th February 2017






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