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Grading Program

Council is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 1500km of gravel roads.

Council's Road Management Plan requires that roads are inspected regularly and, if their condition is outside pre-determined defect levels, those roads are prioritised and programmed for maintenance.

The grading program employs two graders working across 24 zones of rotation basis. The graders will usually work in adjacent zones for two weeks and during that time grade the roads that are programmed.

The grading program in the link below is the planned schedule for grading for the next rotation of 2017 and will be updated for the remainder of the year after adoption of the budget.

This schedule may be referred to as a guide to see when graders are expected to be operating in each zone. It should be noted, however, that the program is dependent upon weather and other factors and is subject to change. Also it should be noted that not all roads in each zone will be graded in each rotation. The graders are scheduled to rectify defects previously logged. Roads without defects above the pre-determined levels will not be scheduled for grading.

 Click here to open the Work Zone Map and Grading Schedule

To log a request for works to be performed please contact our Customer Contact Team on 1800 065 993 or via Alternatively you can log a request through the "Report an Issue" button on our website homepage.


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]]> (Kylie Dowell) Roads, Rates & Rubbish Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:18:01 +1000
Memorial Oval netball show court from dream to reality

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes was in Euroa on Tuesday (April 18) to announce the successful grant for a State Government contribution of $100,000 towards a state of the art netball court for Euroa.

The funding announcement completes the overall budget for the project, including Strathbogie Shire Council’s contribution of $50,000 and a community contribution of $63,000, raised by a passionate display of support for the project by local and regional businesses, and our generous community.

The driver for the project, Kate Petersen, has worked on turning this dream into reality over the past two years.

In first gathering a project committee representing both Euroa’s Senior and Junior Football Netball clubs, Kate oversaw successful submissions to Council for local funding for the project.

Ms Petersen highlighted the growing number of netballers across the junior and senior age groups and the need for a competition class court and facilities to support them.

The project committee has worked closely with Shire CEO Steve Crawcour and Director Asset Services Roy Hetherington, as well as Memorial Oval Committee of Management representatives to ensure all the relevant parties are part of project planning.

The State budget planning for Netball Facilities documents a two stage plan Euroa’s facilities in the provision of a court in Stage 1 and a much needed construction of new change rooms in Stage 2.

Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren praised the project and the journey to get to this exciting stage of development.

"This project is a great example of community consultation, with Council working closely with the sporting clubs and committee members involved to ensure the dream of enhancing this fantastic sporting precinct to become a reality," Cr McClaren said.

"It is great to see significant progress in the promotion of women’s sport, particularly in Euroa where over 100 girls across junior and senior grades are getting out on the court to represent their community."



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Community Satisfaction Survey out now

Thursday, April 20th, 2017


Fresh from its successful Let’s Talk – We are Listening campaign, Strathbogie Shire Council has launched its annual Community Satisfaction Survey.

This is a great chance to give constructive ideas on how you think Council is faring with all of its services and operations, ranging from the stock standard ‘roads, rates and rubbish’, asset management or Maternal and Child Health.

The Community Satisfaction Survey will arrive in every letterbox in our Shire soon with a reply-paid envelope to ensure its safe delivery back to Council.

Or, if you would prefer to fill out your survey online, simply jump on our website and click the ‘Have Your Say’ button on the home page.

Mayor Amanda McClaren said it was a State Government requirement that Councils conduct yearly community satisfaction surveys in relation to service standards and how they are delivered.

"This Council conducts a much broader survey than that of the State Government to ensure it receives feedback on what the community has told us through the Conversation Cafes," she said.

"The results of the surveys will be fed back inti the community and will assist Council in making improvements where necessary."

All of your information is entirely confidential and will form the basis of a Council Report, which will be made public in the coming months.

This report will provide Council with a comprehensive guide on how our residents feel about how Council is tracking with the services they provide to the community.

The online survey is best viewed by tablet or PC – not on a mobile phone and is accessible on our website at

The Community Satisfaction Survey will be open for one month, with the results expected to be released in July.

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Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The search is on for individuals, businesses and community groups that are making a difference in our local community through the annual Victorian Regional Achievement & Community Awards.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren invites all residents to consider nominating an individual, business or group that is helping to reshape and inspire our community.

"If you know someone that has provided support and made a real difference in your life, why not give them a pat on the back and nominate them for an award," she said.

"It would be great for our community contributors to be showcased in these Awards."

Nominations are now open in the following categories:

• Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award

• Regional Development Victoria Leadership and Innovation Award

• Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

• Life Activities Clubs Victoria and Henry Carus & Associates Senior Achievement Award

• Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

• Parks Victoria Environmental Sustainability Award

• WorkSafe Victoria Regional Safety Award

• South West TAFE and Deakin University South West Regional Achiever Award

• Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award

• Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Diversity and Inclusion Award

Category winners will each receive $2,000 into an account in their name from the Bank of Melbourne or an airtime package on PRIME7.

Nominations close Wednesday 12th July 2017.

Nomination enquiry brochures are available from the electorate office.

To make a nomination, simply head to and select Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards, then "Nominate Now."

For assistance please contact the Awards office on 9720 1638 or


]]> (Anthony) Latest News Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:04:16 +1000
Nagambie part of 2030 Commonwealth Games bid

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Strathbogie Shire Council is thrilled with the news that Greater Shepparton City Council has put a bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games to be held across 11 regional cities, including Nagambie.

Dubbed as the inaugural Greater Victoria 'People's Games', the 2030 Games could see the rowing events take place on Lake Nagambie.

Other regional areas include Bendigo, Ballarat, Traralgon, Geelong, Warrnambool, Wodonga, Mt Buller, Yarrawonga and Shepparton.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said she was very pleased to see Nagambie was chosen to be the rowing location for the 2030 Games.

"The Regatta Centre at Lake Nagambie is fast becoming a venue of choice for competitions of a local, national and international standard," she said.

"If this bid is successful, we look forward to working closely with the State Government and event organisers to ensure the lake is in pristine condition for an international competition like the 2030 Commonwealth Games."

According to Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Dinny Adem, the People's Games would "form the blueprint for future major sporting events, given the cost required and infrastructure needed to hold global competitions like the Commowealth Games."

"Staging a ground-breaking concept such as this across regional cities and towns will leave a legacy for millions of people like we have never seen before. The economic and social impact will be so significant."

As part of the bid concept, Greater Shepparton is proposing up to three test events for the Games, including cricket, softball and/or beach volleyball in Mildura and BMX in Shepparton, on top of the traditional sports such as swimming, athletics, hockey, boxing, weightlifting and more.

"Under this top-line schedule, we envisage that the focus for proposed competition venues will be on significant upgrades to existing infrastructure to ensure Commonwealth Games regulations are met rather than building brand new facilities across the board at large expense.

"Naturally, we do envisage that some temporary infrastructure will be required to house athletes and Games activities as part of a satellite approach."

Under the proposal, Melbourne International Airport will be the gateway to the state, however, Mangalore Airport in the Strathbogie Shire, as well as Avalon, Mildura and Albury airports, would be central to this proposal.

With a linkage between Mangalore and Tocumwal on the cards, as part of a bigger link between the ports of Melbourne and Brisbane, the potential to introduce international air freight from Mangalore is quite significant for the Strathbogie Shire.

A 13-person taskforce has been appointed to commence stage one of the work in exploring the possibility of a regional Games bid, with exactly 3000 days to go until a formal bid is lodged.


]]> (Anthony) Latest News Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:34:24 +1000
Strathbogie Shire riding the rails

Media Alert – Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Strathbogie Shire Council has thrown its support behind better passenger and freight rail services which are critical to the growth in our region.

The Hume Corridor Passenger Rail Study, aimed at identifying issues plaguing train lines from the north-east to Melbourne, was presented to Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester recently, is a collaboration between Albury City Council, Benalla Rural City Council, Rural City of Wangaratta and the City of Wodonga (and the Border Rail Action Group).

Representatives from all Councils, as well as Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren and State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan, met with Minister Chester to discuss rail issues between Albury-Wodonga and Melbourne, riding the train to experience the problems first-hand.

The study has highlighted the following issues:

The north-east line has the poorest service in Victoria, due to infrequent services, late trains and slow journeys

Approximately one in five trains arrives more than 11 minutes later than scheduled

In December last year, only 56 per cent of trains arrived within 11 minutes of scheduled time

Among the top five areas for service improvement included the elimination of bus replacement services.

The study recommended both forms of government (State and Federal) prioritised planning and development of passenger rail infrastructure and services between Albury and Melbourne, focus on reducing journey times by having fewer stops and improved infrastructure to enable faster train speeds and modernise rolling stock to ensure greater reliability and consistency of services.

Cr McClaren said she was fully supportive of trains coming through the Shire, both freight and passenger, as it greatly benefited the region.

"The need for better rail services in our Shire came through strongly in our recent Conversation Cafes as part of our Council Plan engagement around key issues," she said.

"Having attended a forum on Inland Freight options with representatives from other Councils and Mangalore Airport recently, we can see there is a need to build new freight rail infrastructure to support our industries in the Goulburn Valley.

"By linking Mangalore and Tocumwal, as part of a bigger link between the ports of Melbourne and Brisbane, this could be a real game-changer for the region that is plagued with significant rail issues."

She said the Strathbogie Shire was "ideally positioned" and would continue to strongly advocate for better regional passenger and freight services, ensuring our region can grow and prosper.

"There is so much potential in the Strathbogie Shire in rail freight and air freight, with Mangalore Airport incredibly supportive of getting on board to fly our region’s produce into the international market.

"This is a great example of economic development in action, which is what Strathbogie Shire prides itself on," she said.

]]> (Anthony) Latest News Mon, 10 Apr 2017 23:59:42 +1000
Vale Don Lewis


Monday, April 10, 2017

One of the Strathbogie Shire’s most prominent winemakers has sadly passed away but Don Lewis’ 40 year legacy lives on.

Don was born with wine in his blood, hailing from Red Cliffs but spending his weekends as a teenager pruning, picking and doing tractor work.

For the past 40 years, however, Don has dedicated his professional life to the art of growing grapes and making wine, winning countless accolades during that time.

He first joined the ranks at Nagambie’s Mitchelton Wines in 1973, starting as assistant winemaker to Colin Preece the same year the winery’s cellar door and iconic tower was opened.

Considered a great mentor to viticulturalist John Beresford and Mitchelton’s winery manager Travis Clydesdale, Don left Mitchelton in 2004 and moved into a consultancy position, enabling him to pursue his own interests.

"A lot of Don’s skills were self-taught and at the same time, ground-breaking," John Beresford said.

"He had a great understanding of grape flavours and I believe it showed, considering he had been around since Mitchelton’s first vintage. He was fastidious about wine-making and was one to see the importance of sourcing wine from local vineyards."

John explained he would go to extraordinary lengths to get the best fruit possible, which showed in his unwavering respect of the region’s wine history.

"He treasured the Nagambie Lakes very much and was passionate about the Mitchelton estate," he said.

Whilst at Mitchelton, Don met Narelle King, a woman who would become his close friend and protégé for the next few years.

Together, the duo embarked on a trip to Spain to work as ‘fly-in winemakers’ and further study their craft focusing on Mediterranean varietals.

Don and Narelle built Tar & Roses (also in Nagambie) into an enviable brand and one that is clearly hand-crafted from beginning to end.

For Narelle, it’s been a unique opportunity to learn and work with ‘the master’.

One of the first labels that they created was simply named ‘Trust’, exemplifying all aspects of their partnership over the past 10 years.

The classic Rhone varietals, championed by Don over so many years now had new stablemates including Tempranillo, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese at a time where Australian consumers were showing a willingness to explore new flavours and broaden their palate.

"Don and Narelle focused on exploring exciting new Mediterranean red varietals while continuing to search for the best quality fruits, as well as still being mindful of fruit available in their own backyard," John said.

"From this expertise, Don planted his own vineyard in Nagambie called Crystal Hill, which was styled from Spain and was all hand-pruned – he was uncompromising in his approach to winemaking and viticulture."

Don and his wife Jenny established Crystal Hill on a hungry, ironstone outcrop with minimal irrigation and without the use of trellising.

These hand-nurtured, individually staked vines are now producing highly expressive fruit that is reflective of this unique site.

Don is survived by Jenny, three children and three grandchildren.


]]> (Anthony) Latest News Mon, 10 Apr 2017 04:34:49 +1000
Strathbogie Shire Business Awards 2017

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Strathbogie Shire’s night of nights is on again this year where local businesses are acknowledged over their achievements in recent years.

The 2017 Strathbogie Shire Business Awards will be held on Friday, September 1, the event aimed at creating a basis to support and encourage business development, improvement and diversity, and to help boost the region’s economic development.

Run in conjunction with Business Euroa, Nagambie Lakes Tourism and Commerce and Strathbogie Shire Council, the event is not just about ‘the best businesses’ – it’s also a great networking opportunity for business representatives, from all walks of life, to get together to hopefully work together in the future.

Nominations are now open for the seven Business Award categories, which are:

• Employee Recognition Award – recognises employee excellence and those that go above and beyond the call of duty. The employee must be currently employed by the business and have worked for the same business for the past six months. Open to all industries.

• New Business of the Year Award – recognises innovation and determination required to start and grow a new business. Open to all businesses established (or purchased) in the Shire within the past two years.

• Tourism Excellence Award – recognises ongoing effort required to attract visitors to the Shire. It includes events/festivals, quality accommodation, tourist attractions and/or food and beverage services.

• Service Excellence Award – recognises businesses that deliver outstanding customer service. Judged by a secret shopper.

• Micro Business Excellence Award – recognises business excellence in delivering quality products and services to our community and beyond. Open to businesses employing 1-5 people.

• Medium Business Excellence Award – recognises progression, determination, teamwork, resilience and sustainability of the area’s businesses. Open to businesses employing 6-20 people.

• Large Business Excellence Award – open to businesses employing 21 or more people. Open to all industries.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said absolutely anyone can nominate any business in the Shire region and businesses can self-nominate – completing a nomination form is quick and easy!

"There is an online nomination form on or a PDF form can be downloaded from the same website," she said.

"Forms are also available from the Euroa Hub, Nagambie Visitor Information Centre and Council Office in Euroa.

"The judges are independent and do not have any business interest in the Strathbogie Shire region."

The event is also looking for sponsors, with several packages available, ranging from $100 to $3000 for the major package (this can also be viewed at

Click here to download the award nomination form.

The Strathbogie Shire Business Awards venue will be announced at a later date.

Organisers, winners and runners-up of the 2015 Strathbogie Shire Business Awards. This year will be the third awards event and will take place every two years, with a Business Dinner taking place every other year.

]]> (Anthony) Latest News Mon, 03 Apr 2017 03:58:00 +1000
Solving the used mattress nightmare

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Each year, Strathbogie Shire Council receives in excess of 600 discarded mattresses at its transfer station/resource recovery facilities.

So what actually happens to these mattresses after dropping them off at the tip?

Although around 1 million mattresses per year are being sent to landfill in Australia, mattresses at Council’s transfer stations are collected by a mattress recycling company and put through a state of the art, automated deconstruction process.

Seven Creeks Ward Councillor John Mason, who recently took a tour of the mattress recycling facility, along with fellow Councillor Alistair Thomson, said the process was unbelievable and noted how amazing it was that 85 per cent of the materials are recycled.

"The outer layer material and the foam from the mattress is baled and sent off to be used in the manufacturing of carpet underlay, while the steel springs are totally shredded and sent off to steel companies to be manufactured into new steel products.

The ‘flock’ used as stuffing or lining within some mattresses is currently the only component sent to landfill.

However, investigation is being undertaken into the potential to use this material in the production of biofuels.

"The company also operates a factory that saw 400 million plastic coat hangers per year get sorted, returned to clothing retailers and reused, which is an amazing fact."

Strathbogie Shire residents can sleep soundly in the knowledge that their mattress problems are being put to bed.

An old mattress about to cut up and re-used for carpet underlay

]]> (Anthony) Latest News Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:43:46 +1100
Fast Track 2017

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

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