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Friday, 20 July, 2018

Six months after its foray on the luxury hotel scene, the Mitchelton Hotel and Day Spa was officially opened yesterday by Minister Jaala Pulford, Victorian State Government Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development.

Located in the picturesque Victorian countryside near Nagambie, the $16 million development of the Mitchelton Hotel and Day Spa is a personal project of caravan magnate Gerry Ryan and his son Andrew.

Boasting 58 rooms and a luxurious Day Spa, the Hotel was developed to enhance the current tourism offering at the iconic Mitchelton Winery and greater Nagambie region.

Andrew Ryan, Managing Director of Mitchelton said the Hotel and Day Spa was a development that had been planned since the Ryan’s early acquisition of the estate.

“An accommodation offer has always been the missing piece of the puzzle for Mitchelton” said Mr Ryan.

“Goulburn Valley and Nagambie have so much to offer and now the addition of a high-end accommodation facility is helping to open the region up to visitors who previously would visit just for the day. Our aim was to attract more visitors to the region for longer which we hoped would boost local tourism” said Ryan.

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Photo (L to R): Owners of Mitchelton Wines Gerry Ryan, OAM and Val Ryan, Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, The Hon. Jaala Pulford, Managing Director of Mitchelton and son of Gerry and Val, Andrew Ryan with partner Ruby Watson and their children Rupert Ryan and Gretchen Ryan.

Photography credit: Brett Goldsmith

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:14:37 +1000
Over $6000 raised for Cure Brain Cancer

Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Over 200 people attended the Euroa Community Cinema on Friday, 13th July for a fundraiser screening of Incredibles 2.

Euroa locals Dustin Perry and Steven Jeffery and their families hosted the screening, with all proceeds going directly to Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

The movie fundraiser amassed approximately $3000 in ticket sales, food sales, raffle tickets and cash donations.

Additionally, St John’s Primary School Euroa hosted a ‘Brekky for Brain Cancer’ in May, raising an impressive $3500.

For more information, or to make a donation to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, please visit

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:09:52 +1000
National Disability Insurance Scheme Info Session

Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

People living with an Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or family members and carers of people on the Autism Spectrum are invited to attend an information session about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The information session will take place at the Euroa Council Chambers Conference Room on Wednesday, 25 July from 10am-12pm.

It will be hosted by AMAZE (formally Autism Victoria), in conjunction with the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Strathbogie Shire Council, to provide information and advice about the commencement of the NDIS from 1 January 2019 and how this will change the way disability services are accessed.

Carmel Topp, NDIS Community Engagement Officer at AMAZE will be presenting the information session.

Strathbogie Shire’s Rural Access Officer, Kathryn Foster said this will be the first of many opportunities for people to access information about the NDIS.

“AMAZE is just the first agency to visit, but we will see sessions for carers, mental health and many more in the coming months so keep your eyes out in the local newspapers and Council’s website and social media, or you can give me a call,” Ms Foster explained.

“The information that will be provided in this session is going to be quite general; it is not just applicable for those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, so we encourage anyone who is keen to know more about the NDIS to come along.”

To register please contact Kathryn Foster by calling 0407 839 323, or emailing



]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Fri, 20 Jul 2018 03:06:30 +1000
Council injects over $80,000 into community projects

Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Strathbogie Shire Council will award $80,000 worth of funding to 22 different applicants through the 2018 Community Grants Program.

Grants were awarded to a variety of applicants, with categories in active and healthy community, arts, culture and events, environment and sustainability and facilities and infrastructure.

The following applicants and their projects were successful in receiving funding:

  • Violet Town Community House- Water feature and mosaic in Community Garden
  • Avenel Heritage Writers Group- Digital publication of Avenel Heritage Information
  • Euroa Arboretum- Bush Tucker Day with Taungurung Clan Traditional Owners
  • Euroa Basketball Association- Outdoor basketball half court at Lions Park
  • Violet Town Gallery Museum Inc- Art gallery space fit-out
  • Gooram Soldiers Memorial Hall- Maintenance and Emergency Response Project
  • Euroa Junior Football Netball Club- New netball court seating
  • Violet Town Recreation Reserve- Children’s playground competition
  • Ruffy Recreation Reserve- New post and rail fence
  • Strathbogie Voices- Twilight Hawkers’ Market 2019
  • Avenel Pools Working Group- Shade structure
  • Nagambie Petanque Club- Storage facility
  • Longwood Community Centre Management Committee- Completion of oval fence
  • Avenel Heritage Story Board Group- Avenel Heritage Story Boards
  • Ruffy Artfest- Ruffy Artfest 2018
  • Euroa Agricultural Society- Repairs electricity supply Charles Street Poultry Pavilion
  • Euroa Hockey Club- New hockey equipment
  • Euroa Lawn Tennis Club- Clubroom floor restoration
  • Avenel Recreation Reserve- New floor coverings in canteen areas
  • Violet Town Bowls Club- Interior painting of clubrooms
  • Violet Town RSL Sub Branch- Centennial Memorial Mural
  • Avenel Bowling Club- New computer and printer

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Euroa Arboretum was one of our successful candidates in last year’s program, which allowed them to enhance the bush kinder play space with some innovative furniture


]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:04:03 +1000
Steady progress for Community Satisfaction Survey

Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Strathbogie Shire Council’s 2018 Community Satisfaction Survey results have revealed an overall improvement in community satisfaction levels in relation to Council’s performance and delivery of services.

Some highlights from the survey include:

  • A rating of 70/100 for Customer Service (exceeding Small Rural Council average)
  • A rating of 63/100 for Council’s tourism development efforts
  • A rating of 59/100 for Council’s overall performance from residents aged 18-34
  • Significant improvement in scores for most core areas, such as consultation and engagement, advocacy and Council’s overall direction

The survey was conducted between 1 February and 30 March 2018, with feedback received from a sample of 400 residents.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said she is very pleased with the consistent level of improvement in satisfaction levels over the last few years.

Mayor McClaren said Council is looking forward to continuing to improve its scores and is currently putting a number of measures in place to better serve the community.

“We are currently implementing a Customer Relationship Management System which aims to improve efficiencies and level of communication the community receives when they contact Council with an enquiry,” Mayor McClaren explained.

“We are also establishing a Customer Service Reference Group, which will be made up of Councillors, Council staff and community representatives to guide the implementation of our Customer Relationship Management System, as well as our Customer Service Charter and general matters relating to Customer Service.” 

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:29:46 +1000
Cinema draws crowd at Sensory Friendly Screening

Tuesday, 10 July, 2018

Over 50 people attended the Euroa Community Cinema recently for a Sensory Friendly Screening of Duck Duck Goose [PG].

Sensory Friendly Films create a more relaxed environment where children can get up and move around, and where the lights will be turned up and the sound turned down.

This is part of Council’s efforts to remove barriers faced by families living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other sensory needs when attending general screenings.

Cinema volunteer Brendan Paterson said the Sensory Friendly Screenings are a fantastic opportunity for those with an ASD to more comfortably enjoy social and recreational opportunities.

“As a dad of a 14-year old with autism and previously a teacher in a school set up solely for students with autism, I have become very aware of how limited social and recreational opportunities can be for children with autism, and especially those in which they can take part in alongside peers without autism,” Mr Paterson explained.

Mr Paterson said the Euroa Community Cinema has the advantages of being relatively quiet and very easy to access and facilities such as the kiosk and toilets that are also very accessible.

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Tue, 10 Jul 2018 23:02:55 +1000
Strathbogie Shire communities talk culture

Monday, 9 July, 2018

Strathbogie Shire Council recently held a number of Community and Culture Workshops across the Strathbogie Shire to talk to the community about what culture means to them and how it can benefit residents, businesses and visitors.

Feedback from these workshops will inform a Culture Strategy, which will be the shire's road map to becoming a more vibrant, sustainable and connected community.

Manager Tourism, Arts and Culture, Claire Taylor said the workshops were highly productive and inspiring.

“The workshops generated fruitful discussions that captured well considered ideas and insights about arts and culture in the Strathbogie Shire,” Ms Taylor said.

“There is a wealth of ideas, knowledge and experience out there in our local community and we want to harness this to inform our strategy; it’s not too late to be a part of the conversation,” she said.

If you’d like to get involved, please visit and complete the survey and/or contribute to the discussion forum.

The Strathbogie Shire OurSay platform is a new tool Council is using to consult with the community for ideas, questions and feedback in relation to projects and initiatives, as part of a concerted effort to increase community engagement.

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Mon, 09 Jul 2018 06:39:09 +1000
Keep informed about Inland Rail Project in Euroa

Friday, 6 July, 2018

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is holding an information session to talk to the Euroa community about the Tottenham to Albury Inland Rail Project.

ARTC is currently in the planning phase of the project, which will see the enhancement of existing structures and increased height clearances along the rail corridor to allow for the use of double stacked freight trains of 1,800m in length to be run on the track.

Inland Rail is a strategic investment that will:

  • Create a new direct freight link through eastern Australia
  • Connect farms, mines, cities and ports to global markets
  • Boost the economies of our regions and our nation as a whole; and
  • Deliver a freight network that will serve Australia for the next century

There are 63 sites where works need to be undertaken, and one such site is the Anderson Street Bridge in Euroa.

They are currently looking at options to modify the Anderson Street Bridge to provide the clearance required for the passage of the double-stacked container freight trains.

Strathbogie Shire Council encourages anyone living or working in Euroa and surrounding areas to come along to talk with ARTC about what this may mean for you and your community and have the opportunity to provide feedback on planning undertaken to date.

ARTC will be set up on Brock Street next to Burton’s IGA, near the corner of Binney Street on Thursday, 12 July from 10am-1pm.

Register to stay up to date about the project on ARTC’s website at  

You can also contact ARTC by phone on 1800 732 761 or email

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Fri, 06 Jul 2018 06:53:20 +1000
First cattle sale for 2018-19 financial year

Thursday, 5 July, 2018

Euroa agents offered 1100 cattle for their first monthly sale of the 2018-19 financial year on Wednesday 4 July.

Numbers were down 1400 from the previous sale, which was the premium end of financial year sale.

Landmark Euroa Stock Agent Rod Carnegie said the results were reflective of a typical winter sale, with the added pressures associated with low rainfall and feed to keep cattle going through the winter conditions.

“Prices for grown steers were generally at a similar rate to the previous sale, but lighter steers were up to $10-20 less than the previous market,” Mr Carnegie said.

“Generally, the cattle on offer didn’t have the level of quality as the previous feature sale and buyers were more tentative with steers under the 260kg mark.”

“Heavy heifers were quite strong, but lighter heifers were up to $50 cheaper and again, the quality wasn’t the same as the previous sale,” he explained.

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:00:12 +1000
Help shape our region

Wednesday, 4 July, 2018

Strathbogie Shire Council encourages anyone living or working in the shire to attend the Goulburn Regional Partnerships Assembly in Shepparton on Wednesday, 18July, 2018.

This event is designed to address some of the persistent challenges faced by our region, through round table discussions.

The Goulburn Assembly will consist of residents and local government officials from Moira, Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie, Mitchell and Murrindindi Councils.

There will be detailed discussions on the following topics:

  • Reducing stubborn unemployment
  • Safe and timely access to public transport
  • Improving digital connectivity
  • Addressing developmental vulnerability in children
  • Breaking down barriers to education
  • Supporting young people to be happy and healthy
  • Encouraging healthy lifestyles
  • Tackling crime and substance abuse in communities
  • Reducing social isolation and improving mental health
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