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Wednesday 17 January, 2018

An extension to the Prentice Street footpath in Nagambie has been completed to improve public access to the Vline train station.

Council commenced these works in light of the recent relocation of the bus stop to the Vline train station.

Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council is supporting Vline to make the relocation as seamless as possible for the public. “The footpath promotes increased connectivity and community access,” Cr McClaren said.

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]]> (Alana Morrison) Latest News Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:54:11 +1100
Infrastructure Project Manager appointed

Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

Strathbogie Shire Council has appointed an Infrastructure Recovery Project Manager from GMR Engineering Services who is currently working closely with Council to assess, scope and deliver infrastructure works in response to the December flood event.

Immediately after the flood event, Council made a Natural Disaster Funding Claim to State Treasury for the damage to essential assets.

Works undertaken under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Assistance (NDRRA) package require Council to follow strict guidelines, including only undertaking works to restore assets to their pre-existing condition.

Early works packages to prioritised areas are expected to get underway over the next few weeks.

Mayor Amanda McClaren said “Council thanks the community for their continued patience and will keep them informed on recovery works as things progress.”

“Please take care on the roads and pay particular attention to signage and road closures.”

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:05:15 +1100
Violet Town discovered by ABC's 'Back Roads'

Tuesday, 9 January, 2018

ABC’s ‘Back Roads’ program sees Heather Ewart explore the Back Roads of Australia, uncovering remarkable country towns and inspiring local people.

Heather and the ‘Back Roads’ crew made the trip to Violet Town to put together an episode which will wrap up their third season, going to air on Monday 29 January.

There is no town more inspiring and charming than Violet Town, a small community with a huge character, located in the Strathbogie Shire, just two hours from Melbourne.

Violet Town is renowned for its monthly market. Founded in 1978, the premier market takes place on the second Saturday of the month, with over 250 stalls of regional produce, plants, handmade arts and crafts and more.

Mayor Amanda McClaren said the program is an exciting opportunity for the town and region.

“I have no doubt viewers will fall in love with Violet Town and its beautiful community,” Cr McClaren said.

“Council is optimistic about increased visitation to Violet Town and the region as a result of this media exposure.”

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Tue, 09 Jan 2018 02:01:24 +1100
Strathbogie Shire's first rates holiday recipient

Monday, 8 January, 2018

21-year-old first home buyer, Jamieson Clarke is the very first person to take up the rates holiday initiative offered in the Strathbogie Shire.

Jamieson grew up in Toolamba and made the decision to build in the Strathbogie Shire to be closer to Lindsay Park Racing Stables, where she is employed.

“I wanted to move closer to Lindsay Park and Euroa is a sweet country town so it suits me well,” Ms Clarke explained.

The Rates Holiday initiative was adopted in Council's 2017-18 Budget, granting a full rebate of two years rates for those eligible for the State's First Home Owners Grant.

Eligible residents will receive a waiver of their general rate and the municipal charge for a two year period.

Mayor Amanda McClaren said she encourages those looking to break into the housing market to consider the rates holiday opportunity.

"The Rates Holiday is an exciting initiative that gives first home buyers the chance to purchase an affordable home free from rates for the first two years, and just an hour and a half from Melbourne," Cr McClaren said.

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Mon, 08 Jan 2018 04:26:32 +1100
Fire Prevention a high priority for Council

Friday, 5 January, 2018

In support of the Country Fire Authority of Victoria and under the legislative requirements of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958, Council has been actively involved in their role to reduce fire hazards within and abutting urban areas.

To date, in excess of 200 Fire Prevention Notices and 62 fines have been issued for properties in the Strathbogie Shire.

Fire Prevention Notices and fines will continue to be issued throughout the declared Fire Danger Period.

If you have any questions regarding an infringement, this must be provided in writing to Council by emailing before the payment date outlined on the infringement.

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Fri, 05 Jan 2018 01:40:25 +1100
Youth strut their stuff at Showcase

Friday, 22 December, 2017

Evolve Youth Committee finished the year with a bang, celebrating their annual Showcase Event on Wednesday 13 December.

The Showcase was an opportunity for the group to present to Council and the local community about their achievements for the year.

The committee meet on a weekly basis to discuss, plan and manage events, catering to the diverse interests of youth in the community.

This year they were involved in a number of huge local events including FastTrack Talent Show, MusoMagic, Nagambie on Water Festival and Euroa Show and Shine.

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Thu, 21 Dec 2017 21:58:51 +1100
Waterways safety a must

Thursday, 21 December, 2017

Strathbogie Shire Council is urging users of its waterways to play it safe this summer.

With so many fantastic water sports taking place at Lake Nagambie over the summer, including rowing regattas, stand-up paddle boarding, canoe polo and more, it has never been a better time to take extra care when using the lake.

Council will work closely with Transport Safety Victoria (MSV) and Water Police to address any anti-social behaviour on the waterway.

For more information about the rules and guidelines around water safety, you can visit Transport Safety Victoria’s website:, or call Transport Safety Victoria on 1800 223 022 and follow the prompts for maritime safety.

Nagambie Waterways are patrolled by Council Officers, Transport Safety Victoria and Water Police and significant fines can be issued for users who fail to comply with safety regulations.

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:40:12 +1100
Exciting facelift for Avenel Recreation Reserve

Wednesday, 20 December, 2017

Strathbogie Shire Council’s Avenel Recreation Reserve steering committee has a number of exciting projects underway.

Council has recently finished replacing the old cricket nets, which have been rebuilt to the latest specification, providing local cricketers with great practice facilities.

A second asphalt netball court is also underway alongside the existing court at the Recreation Reserve to provide greater capacity for netball in the town.

The base of the netball court is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in early 2018.

The Skate and Active Space is part of the Shire- Wide Skate Park Strategy, a key action in the Council Plan 2017-2021.

Council went out into the community, visited schools and talked to young people to get their feedback on the types of facilities that would interest them.

They have had over 300 responses to date and consultation remains open until the end of January.

You can visit the Youth Page menu on Council’s website to complete the survey.

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Wed, 20 Dec 2017 01:13:07 +1100
Queensland Fruit Fly

There are over 200 species of fruit fly in Australia.

However, only two of them - the Queensland Fruit Fly on the east coast and the Mediterranean fly on the west coast - are problems for gardeners and agri-business, costing over $487 million in the Goulburn Murray region alone.

 Both species have similar host plants, including citrus, loquats, stone fruits, apples, pears, avocados, bananas, mangoes, guavas, feijoas, tomatoes, eggplants and capsicum.

There are more than 100 commonly cultivated crops that fruit fly will infest.

Fruit fly trouble generally begins as the weather warms in August, however Strathbogie Shire locals report winter fruits like manderins and oranges are now being affected too as our climate warms.

Flies lay their eggs under the skin of ripening fruit, maggots hatch and feed, spoiling the fruit, causing it to rot and drop.

Strathbogie Shire is assisting to implement the Goulburn Murray Region Fruit Fly Action Plan, which is aiming to achieve an Area of Low Pest Prevalence.

This will enable the right conditions for release of sterile male flies from the Sterile Insect Technology Program.

Taking action at home:

1. Determine if and/or when you have a fruit fly problem.

You can obtain pheromone based traps that contain female fruit fly odours, which attract males, and an insecticide that kills them.

These traps indicate if fruit flies are active in your area and when you need to act.

Lynfield traps baited with cuelure have been very successfully used in Australia for many years.

2. Collect fallen fruit immediately

The first and most important step when attempting to prevent fruit fly attack is good hygiene.

Mature maggots pupate in the soil to remerge as adult flies and collecting infested fruit breaks their lifecycle.

Pick up fallen fruit as soon as it drops before maggots have a chance to escape from the fruit and burrow into the ground to pupate.

3. Destroy eggs and pupae

To kill maggots, immerse infected fruit in a sealed bucket of water for 5-7 days or put them in a sealed plastic bag and put it in the sun for a similar length of time.

You can also put fruit in a plastic bag and microwave, or freeze them for two days.

If you have chooks, they will appreciate them after that!

4. Regularly inspect your fruit

Signs that eggs have been laid in fruit or veg are dimples or weeping clear sap on the fruit where the female fruit fly has pierced the skin to lay her eggs - called a sting.

Pick these fruit off as well as any damaged and rotting fruit.

5. DO NOT put untreated produce in your compost or worm farm as this will aid the Queensland Fruit Fly life cycle

Also, do not dispose untreated produce directly into your rubbish or green bin, as it may cause a new infestation in another area.

6. Make your own traps.

If you don't want to spend money on traps, you can make your own.

Start by making some holes half-way up a plastic drink bottle.

They should be about 10 mm wide and evenly spaced.

Fruit juide is best for the lure but add a pinch of sugar and a sprinkle of brewers' yeast to make fermenting sweet syrup that Fruit Flies just can't resist.

BE AWAREthat beneficial pollinating insects will also be attracted to homemade traps.

Hang 2-3 traps per tree and change the lure weekly when fruit flies are active.

7. Harvest produce early

If possible, harvest the produce early if it will continue to ripen after it is picked.

Harvesting prior to ripening removes fruit from trees before female Queensland Fruit Flies can lay their eggs.

Planting fruits that can be harvested in late Spring and early Summer also removes produce before Queensland Fruit Flies have had time to build up their populations to plague proportions.

8. Create barriers to produce

Cover fruit trees and garden areas with very fine UV stable mesh netting over a frame, using PVC tubes and stakes as a frame.

Alternatively, use an outdoor gazebo with zippers as it is easier to inspect trees and harvest fruit when it ripens.

Depending on the produce, you may need to install nets when fruit begins to develop so insects can pollinate flowers early in the season.

All nets should be secured around the trunk base or to the ground to protect your crop.

9. Use 'exclusion' bags and sleeves to keep fruit safe

When fruit begins to develop, place bags and sleeves over the fruit you wish to keep.

Remove any flowers or developing fruit from the plant that are not covered by the barrier.

Secure bags and sleeves to the plant with tie wire, clothes pegs or string.

The bags also keep birds out as well as protect the fruit from sunburn.

Nets, bags and sleeves can be purchased from nurseries and home garden retailers.

10. Create barriers to infested soil

If you have had a fruit fly infestation previously, fruit fly pupae may be in the ground under your fruit trees.

In this situation, secure the bottom of the net to the trunk base to stop any adult fruit flies emerging from the ground to inside the net.

If they are inside the net, Queensland Fruit Flies can infest your crop.

11. Baiting

Baits are an insecticide that is mixed with a Queensland Fruit Fly food attractant.

They are usually spot-sprayed onto the trunk and branches of host plants, which the pests feed on while they are in the tree canopy.

These treatments are often used to reduce Queensland Fruit Fly numbers in an area.

Baits can be purchased from nurseries and home garden retailers.

Commonly used fruit fly baits such as'DacGel' come in powder form which can be mixed with a common garden insecticide and sprayed from a spray bottle.

Inexpensive organic baits are now entering the market and include registered productswhich contain fruit fly attractant and spinosad - a natural insecticide.

Once a fruit fly lands, the insecticide will disrupt its nervous system, resulting in rapid fly death.

Most organic baits can be purchased at local Strathbogie Shire garden centres or online.

]]> (Clare Allen) Site Tue, 19 Dec 2017 02:50:49 +1100
Rabbit biocontrol: RHDV1 K5 in Victoria

Rabbits are estimated to cost $200 million + in lost agricultural production every year.

Rabbits compete with stock for food, impact crops, horticulture and pastures, contribute to soil erosion and de-stabilise the structural integrity of the land, potentially leading to injury of livestock.

Rabbits are also linked to the decline of native animals and plant species, having a negative impact on at least 304 threatened species in Australia.

In 2017, selected land management groups in the Strathbogie Shire partnered with State and Regional groups to undertake a controlled release of RHD Boost.

RHDV1 K5 is a variant of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) or calicivirus that causes a fatal haemorrhagic disease in the European rabbit (oryctolagus cuniculus).

RHDV1 K5 is specific to the European rabbit, and once a rabbit shows symptoms, death is rapid.

There is no treatment or cure for rabbig haemorrhagic disease (RHD); however, a vaccine for domestic and production rabbits is available.

RHDV1 K5 will boost existing biological control agents that are already in the environment. RHDV1 K5 will not kill every last rabbit.

Land managers are encouraged to take advantage of the release of the virus and follow up with conventional control to remove remnant rabbits and destroy their warrens.

If you have a rabbit problem, there is help available. Contact your local Landcare representative to find out more


]]> (Clare Allen) Site Tue, 19 Dec 2017 02:45:28 +1100