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Friday, 26 May, 2017

Strathbogie Shire Council is currently carrying out a program of maintenance work to prune trees at the Euroa Caravan Park.
The works being carried out are part of Council’s overall Tree Management Strategy and are in accordance with recommendations from a 2015 arborist’s report.
This report identified trees needing attention in order to reduce the risk to park users and also for the health of the trees.
As well as pruning to remove dead wood from native trees, a number of exotic trees have been removed along the creek bank.
Works are being supervised by an arborist and carried out by both a qualified contractor and Council’s own tree crew.
Seven Creeks Ward Councillor John Mason said the trees were in need of pruning, as branches tended to fall very easily.
“For safety reasons, this work was necessary and should not have any lasting effect on the trees,” he said.
“With patronage growing at the Euroa Caravan Park, it is essential work like this is done so as to reduce the risk to park users.”
An ongoing program is in place to manage the trees in the park and works that may require the removal of native vegetation are subject to planning approval.
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Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities


From time to time there are various opportunities for local groups or clubs to apply for grants through different funding programs.

Below are some current programs that are available.


2017/18 Country Football and Netball Program

The Country Football and Netball Program provides funding to assist grassroots country football and netball clubs, associations and umpiring organisations to develop facilities in rural, regional and outer metropolitan locations.

The program is a partnership between the Victorian Government, the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria.

The program opened on Monday 15th May 2017 and applications will close on Wednesday 26th July 2017.

The program guidelines can be found at . These guidelines provide vital information to support groups to develop projects to submit to this program.


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Community Planning Program review complete

Friday, 19 May, 2017

A review of Strathbogie Shire Council’s Community Planning Program is now complete, with a new management model recently announced which reduces administration for groups, maintains existing funding levels and continues a focus on community-led outcomes.

Community planning is about enabling communities to identify, find solutions and implement projects that address social, environmental, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, cultural and economic goals, issues and opportunities.

At the May Ordinary Meeting, Councillors voted that non-incorporated Community Action Groups should become

‘Community Planning Reference Groups’ (CPRGs).

With the exception of Violet Town Action Group (which is incorporated and therefore have their own operating structure), the seven groups in Avenel, Euroa, Graytown, Longwood, Nagambie, Ruffy and Strathbogie will be guided by a Community Planning Reference Group Charter.

All groups can continue to trade under the moniker of Community Action Group if they wish.

The Community Planning Reference Groups will be community based committees with the responsibility to provide feedback and advice to Council on the following objectives:

Represent the community through a democratic process of open, community planning sessions and the development of a Community Plan.

Implement actions which are identified in the Community Plan which strengthen and develop communities.

Advocate on behalf of the community to other government agencies for appropriate funding for initiatives identified by communities.

Balancing the present and future interests of all Shire residents and visitors.

Funding allocation processes for all groups will remain unchanged for the 2017-18 financial year, with new Community Planning guidelines being introduced to assist with planning, funding and reporting into the future.

Council undertook consultation with all action groups, which raised issues such as confusion over the roles of action groups and Council, excessive red tape and potentially losing funding.

Following a Council briefing, Honeysuckle Creek Ward Councillor Kate Stothers moved the recommendation to start the transition from action groups to CPRGs, being seconded by Mt Wombat Ward Councillor Alistair Thomson.

"We (Council) need to be as flexible as we can to ensure each group is structured," Cr Stothers said.

"We want to also ensure these groups know what their community priorities are."

Cr Thomson said the Community Planning Review was an "in-depth process".

"The Shire is committed to community development," he said.

"Community planning is all about volunteers wanting to undertake important projects for the community, by the community.

"A structure is needed for the groups’ funding going forward but really, the goal is about community planning."

Hughes Creek Ward Councillor Malcolm Little, who chaired the meeting, said Council will meet with action groups individually to start the transition.

"The process moving forward is going well, with action groups understanding what’s involved," he said.

"Our volunteers are valuable people and this is another step towards a successful partnership with these groups moving forward."

]]> (Anthony) Latest News Fri, 19 May 2017 05:48:24 +1000
Parking improvements full steam ahead in Nagambie

Thursday, 18 May, 2017

Nagambie’s central business district will benefit from increased angle parking after Strathbogie Shire Councillors voted to bring the change in (pending VicRoads approval) at their Ordinary Meeting recently in accordance with the recommendations of the Nagambie Masterplan.

In December last year, Council voted to form a Nagambie Parking Community Working Group to develop parking plans for High Street as a direct result of changes to traffic flow post bypass.

A total of five residents participated in the group, together with V/Line, Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads, Nagambie Lakes Tourism and Commerce and Council representatives, with three meetings held this year.

The group comprehensively reviewed and considered the submissions which Council received when the angle parking proposal was out on public display but sought further input from traffic industry bodies.

One of the main submissions against angle parking, received last year, focused on the tourist precinct directly facing Jacobson’s Outlook and the Black Caviar statue.

This fact was considered by Lake Nagambie Ward Councillor Deb Swan, who recommended that angle parking in this section be deferred until October 31 this year. This deferral also provided an opportunity to review bicycle lanes in the design.

Other changes to the original angle parking design that came out of the working group included:

 Widening of the 45-degree angle spaces from 2.6 to 2.8m

 Provide a line-marked, short-term set down/pick up area for buses in the manoeuvring space and abutting bike lane adjacent to Jacobson’s Outlook

 Alter the median opening opposite Marie Street to one-way from west to east and restrict its use to buses only

 The existing right turn deceleration lane into the above median opening can be closed and used for additional on street car parking spaces

 V/Line bus stops to be removed from High Street and relocated to the train station.

 Conversion of the existing V/Line bus stop near the Nagambie Lakes Waterfront Hotel and the bus stop outside of the Foxhole café to on-street parking.

 Introduction of short-term parking restrictions in some kerbside parking areas on Farmers Market days.

Councillors took part in a rigorous debate on the issue, with Cr Swan leading the argument, saying a lot of work had been done by the community and Council to get to this point.

"Right now, the community is half and half about angle parking," she said.

"I feel this solution addresses a lot of the issues we’ve heard from residents, which included how the area in front of the lake would look if angle parking was introduced.

"On the Easter long weekend, High Street was very busy and more parking was needed. We need to look forward now."

Cr Malcolm Little agreed, saying this would be a very big change for Nagambie.

"We must also bear in mind that VicRoads need to approve this recommendation," he said.

Cr Alistair Thomson said Council would need to evaluate the impact angle parking has had on Nagambie, particularly the inclusion of the bike lane, should VicRoads approve the change.

Mayor Amanda McClaren explained "that whilst this change may take a little getting used to, ultimately the creation of additional car spaces will benefit our businesses. With community involvement in the working group, I feel we have come to an outcome that is better balanced with the needs of the Nagambie community."

"We would like to thank all of the working group members for their contributions to this point and for those who made submissions into the process."

Council is ready to implement the design in stages – as soon as VicRoads approval can be obtained.





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NBN Rollout


The nbn network is currently being rolled out in the Euroa area. Based on the current deployment plans, the nbn will be available in Euroa in April 2018.

nbn network contractors will be installing cable through existing underground pipes or on existing overhead power poles. The contractors may also dig or drill under on public property (for example under footpaths or on nature strips) and install pits, similar to the telecommunication pits already in the area. Their hours of work will generally be 7am to 7pm on Monday to Friday, and Saturdays from 7am until 1pm.

Please be aware, there may be temporary footpath and road closures, and temporary noise and dust associated with the work. They request residents’ vehicles are parked in their driveways where possible, and will endeavour to restore any land affected as soon as practical. The works aren’t expected to have any impact on existing telecommunications.

You can start planning the move to the nbn network by contacting your preferred phone or internet provider to discuss plans and pricing. Your preferred phone or internet provider can also assist you with installation and activation enquires and ongoing support and trouble shooting.

If you would like more information about the nbn roll out, please visit

]]> (Alana Morrison) Your Neighbourhood Thu, 11 May 2017 06:10:56 +1000
Fire Restrictions

Fire Danger Period

CFA declares the Fire Danger Period for each municipality (shire or council) at different times in the lead up to the fire season. It depends on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions. The Fire Danger Period may be declared as early as October, and typically remains in place until the fire dangers lessens, which could be as late as May. 

Please find the link below to the "Can I or Can't I?" guide from the CFA, which provides general information about what you can and can't do during declared Fire Danger Periods and on days of Total Fire Ban. PDF or Text Only

The Strathbogie Shire Council is located in the Northern Country Fire District. The 2016-2017 Fire Danger Period was lifted on Tuesday 18th April 2017 in the Strathbogie Shire Council.


Burning off during the Fire Danger Period - Schedule 13 Permits

During certain times during the Fire Danger Period, burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation is permitted under the following conditions:

  • You have a written Schedule 13 Permit that has been issued by a Fire Prevention Office of a public authority, the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer or by the CFA District office
  • You comply with the conditions of the permit
  • A person is in attendance at all times when the fire is alight and has the capacity and means to extiguish the fire
  • The fire is completely extinguished before the person leaves

The Shire of Strathbogie can issue Schedule 13 Permits during the periods advised by the CFA. Please speak with a customer contact officer to organise a permit.


Registering your burn-off

All burn-offs should be registered with Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) on 1800 668 511

The following information is required when registering your burn-off:

  • Location
  • Date and expected start and finish times
  • Estimated size
  • What you intend to burn 

Burning in a Built-up Area

For more information regarding building in a built-up area please click here


Burning in a Rural Area

Properties in the Strathbogie Shire that are located in a rural zone are permitted to burn off outside the Fire Danger Period.

Before burning off:

  • Check and follow local regulations and laws set down by the CFA and Strathbogie Shire Council
  • 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

Please contact the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer on 1800 065 993 if you require any further information

]]> (Alana Morrison) Your Neighbourhood Wed, 10 May 2017 02:11:17 +1000
Film to raise funds for brain cancer

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Strathbogie Shire Council has thrown its support behind two local families whose members are currently battling cancer.

Council, together with local Shire residents Dustin Perry and Steven Jeffery, are hosting a special movie screening of Cars 3 at the Euroa Community Cinema to raise money for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in July.

Eight-year-old Chloe Perry, the youngest child of Dustin and Shannon of Euroa, was diagnosed with neurological glioma, which is a rare form of cancer.

Chloe is currently undergoing chemotherapy for the illness, which has affected not only the family, but the entire Euroa community as well, particularly those who go to St John’s Primary School with Chloe.

Meanwhile local real estate agent Steven Jeffery, who has been battling leukaemia for the past several months, has forged a strong friendship with the Perry family and has joined forces to raise more funds and awareness of brain cancer.

The two met a few years ago when Steven sold Dustin’s house but reconnected as they discovered they were going through a similar ordeal.

In April, Dustin wrote a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and when he didn’t receive a response, sent another letter, this time to

The Australian newspaper, explaining his concern that more funding needed to focus on finding a cure for brain cancer.

He later appeared on Network Ten’s

The Project and was interviewed by presenters Carrie Bickmore and Waleed Aly, who were both inspired by his letter.

"The Australian Government’s years’ of ignoring this disease is what makes this kind of fundraising event so important for all Australians," he said.

Dustin is still in discussions with Mr Turnbull and Federal Minister for Health and Sport Greg Hunt about the lack of brain cancer funding.

"The mortality rate of brain cancer in Australian children is higher than that of any other disease, yet it continues to be neglected by our government.

"This rate hasn’t improved in 30 years, yet the government is currently allocating less than five per cent of its cancer funding to it," he said.

He said it was an important cause to anyone and it "could affect your child tomorrow."

"Our community is pretty strong," Steven said.

"They have helped me since I started battling leukaemia and I feel this fundraiser would be a way for the both of us to give back to the community.

"All of the funds raised at the cinema are going to a cause that affects so many people and we are happy that Strathbogie Shire is 100 per cent behind this."

Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council were pleased to support the community in raising awareness and much needed funds for such a worthy cause.

"We encourage the community to get behind these local families and their effort to make a difference," she said.

The Cure Brain Cancer Foundation Fundraiser will be held at the Euroa Community Cinema on Wednesday, July 26 at 7pm.

Tickets are available now at Council's Main Foyer, The Hub and St John's School Euroa and cost $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

All proceeds go to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

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Property boom expected with "rates freeze"

Thursday, May 4, 2017

In a bold new move that is sure to get property investors excited, the Strathbogie Shire is proposing a two year rate free exemption for eligible first home buyers, in its draft Council Plan and Budget released for public exhibition yesterday (Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017).

Fresh out of its "Let’s Talk" community consultation program, the Strathbogie Shire is now keen to show its local community that it has listened to all feedback received during the program and is building a plan for the future that is both balanced and representative of the wants and needs of its municipality.

Strathbogie Mayor Amanda McClaren said the "the two year ‘rate freeze’ for first home buyers is all part of a wider strategic plan to reinvigorate the Shire, through the attraction of new residents and industry."

"Remaining consistent with the Fair Go Rate Capping System of no more than two per cent rate increases, this 2017/18 Draft Budget is also expected to provide a significant boost to our local community with $24.9 million to be spent on services such as Libraries and Arts, Maternal and Child Health, Emergency Management, Tourism and Events, Planning and more," said Cr McClaren.

The Strathbogie Shire will also roll out of a $13.08 million Capital Works Program with the following highlights:

 Roads ($5.94 million) – resealing, re-sheeting and rehabilitation

 Bridges ($2.44 million)

 Drainage ($1.26 million)

 Footpaths ($0.186 million)

 Buildings ($1.412 million)

 Plant and machinery ($0.98 million)

Cr McClaren went on to say that "further improvements to road safety within the Shire are also proposed, with plans to move some of the least maintained/unsealed roads within the Shire to an increased maintenance program."

"This item is part of the direct feedback received in our Let’s Talk – We are Listening Campaign. Council received a comprehensive wish list of items in need of attention by residents and ratepayers," she said.

The draft Council Plan, if implemented, will see a series of strategic plans be acted upon over the next four years.

Both draft documents are now available for you to provide feedback and can be accessed online at the Strathbogie Shire website or at the Council Office in Euroa.

The public exhibition period for both documents closes at 5pm on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, with Council hearing submissions at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 5pm.

Both documents will be formally adopted at a final Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 27 at 5pm.

click here to view the Draft Council Plan, while the Draft Budget can be found here.

Further Detail on "Two Year Rates Freeze for New Home Buyers"

 No rates payable for the first two years

 Proof of eligibility for and receipt of State First Home Buyers Grant ($20,000) to be provided

 Land must be rated as vacant residential land if a house does not exist on it

 House must be constructed within a period of two years from date of contract to purchase

 In the case where a First Home Buyer acquires a new house, Council would excuse those rates for a two year period.




]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Thu, 04 May 2017 05:32:57 +1000
Cycling weekend raises over $10k for Euroa

Monday, May 1st, 2017

The Euroa Criterium and Ride the Ranges weekend held on April 21 and 22 was a great success, attracting several hundred people to the area.

But while it is unknown where the money will go, event director Neil Tubb said the Rotary Club of Euroa, who organised the event, would make the decision.

He said he was very impressed with the efforts of everyone involved in making the event happen.

“What really pleases me about organising this event is that we are able to bring money into our Shire that will go directly to a local cause,” he said.

“We are able to bring money into the town from outside sources, with majority of this fundraising coming from Melbourne.”

The second Euroa Town Criterium race more than doubled in size, with 111 competitors and a string of talented cyclists from across Victoria gathering to compete.

The Criterium took place on the Saturday, with the closure of parts of Kirkland Avenue, Railway, Binney and Brock streets to clear the way for the 1.3km circuit.

“The Criterium brought in some really talented cyclists this year,” Mr Tubb said.

“The winner of the A Grade race, Scott Sunderland, has won 3 gold medals and one silver medal at the Delhi and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.”

Neil attributed some of this new talent to the increase in prize money, to the tune of $6000 in total.

The event was such a success that organisers are looking to run it on its own across two days in the future.

“The Cycling Victorian representatives said they love the way we run our event and expressed an interest in making it a two-day event, with time trials on the Saturday and the main event on Sunday” he said.  

Neil said they were discussing the possibility of moving this to the same weekend as the Euroa Gift to increase spectatorship, but said this was “still in the pipeline.”

Ride the Ranges also delivered, with an excess of 200 participants across the three distances.

Participants in the 30km ride followed a loop around to Shean’s Creek Rd. Those in the 85km ride travelled to Miepoll, Violet Town and back to Euroa via Kelvin View.

Cyclists in the challenging 130km event also rode to Miepoll and Violet Town, and then looped around through Strathbogie and also returned to Euroa from Kelvin View.

The next Ride the Ranges and Criterium weekend will fall on April 21 and 22, 2018, but this will be subject to possible changes to the Criterium event.  


]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Mon, 01 May 2017 01:41:16 +1000
Contractor Induction

Contractor Induction


Strathbogie Shire Council invites Contractors, Contractor Employees and Sub-contractors to complete and submit the Contractor Online induction.

This standardised induction course is designed for contractors who may be engaged to perform work at any site controlled by or on behalf of Council.

The induction course will advise contractors of the expected safety requirements and standards when performing works for Council.

All contractors, their employees and any sub-contractors who may be engaged to perform works or services within any worksite controlled by or on behalf of Council are required to successfully complete the Online Contractor Induction Course.

The course takes about 10-20 minutes of the inductees valued time to complete. Courses can be completed using a standard Web Browser.

Please click on this link , enter the Course Code - necci101 and follow the prompts to complete the form and submit.

Once the induction has been submitted successfully, Council will receive notification through confirming the completed induction.

All completed inductees will receive email confirmation with an attached copy of an Induction Card.

The card will show the inductees name, ID number and an expiry date.

Please sign and carry your card on your person if you are engaged by Council to carry out tendered or quoted work.

Council thanks you for your time



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