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19 February 2020

A total of five candidates have nominated in the Strathbogie Shire Council, Honeysuckle Creek Ward by-election.

The candidates, in ballot paper order, are:



ALLEN, Julie

MAHER, Maree


Candidate statements and responses to a questionnaire about their background and qualifications will be available online at later this week.

The by-election will be conducted entirely by post. Voters who were correctly enrolled for Honeysuckle Creek Ward by 4.00 pm on Friday 24 January will receive a ballot pack, which they must complete and return as soon as possible using the reply-paid envelope. Ballot packs will be mailed from Tuesday 3 March.

Voters can also hand-deliver ballot packs to the election office, at the Old Emergency Control Centre, 1A Bury Street, Euroa between 9am and 5pm on weekdays from Monday 16 March until Friday 20 March, with extended hours on Thursday 19 March (9am to 8pm) and Friday 20 March (9am to 6pm).

Voting closes at 6pm on Friday 20 March 2020. Returning Officer Christine Chadwick advised voters to vote well ahead of the closing time.

'You need to post or hand-deliver your completed ballot papers by the deadline to make your vote count,' said Ms Chadwick.

'Local mail clearance times may be earlier than the close of voting, so don't leave it to the last minute.'

Further information on the Strathbogie Shire Council, Honeysuckle Creek Ward by-election is available online at


All Strathbogie Shire Council Swimming Pools are open from 1pm to 7pm every day of the week until the end of the 2019-2020 pool season.

It should be noted that local schools have pre-booked the pools for their annual swimming program. While these lessons are in place, the pools don’t open to the public - the safety and education of the Shire's young swimmers are of great importance to Council.

The pools will only be closed for the safety of the community during extreme weather events and when temperatures are below 22 degrees.



14, February, 2020

Nagambie Bowls Club will be on the itinerary of every avid bowler in Victoria, thanks to the official opening of the club’s new synthetic green.
The recently installed premier synthetic turf green is the jewel in the crown for the popular bowls club.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the project would pay dividends for the local bowling community, as well as tourists visiting the region.

The club’s grass green was extensively damaged and vandalised by an influx of wild birds and due to insurance companies classifying them as vermin, a claim was unable to be paid.
Cr McClaren said extensive fundraising by the club, as well as a Victorian Government grant of $143,000 and injection of money from Strathbogie Shire, the Bendigo Bank Nagambie Branch and DPR Insurance, completed the $233,000 project.

“The new bowls green utilising synthetic turf will ensure Nagambie bowlers and visitors can use it year-round,’’ she said.
“There will be less maintenance involved in the upkeep of the green and there will no chance of any further damage from birds.
“This new investment will encourage more people in the community to take up bowls, it will pay dividends for the local club into the future, as bowling provides some important social connections for participants.”

Cr McClaren said the official opening of the greens would give members and competitors the best possible surface available to play on.
Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Resources, the Hon. Jaclyn Symes MP officially opened the new green.



14 February 2020

Users of the Nagambie Recreation Reserve will benefit from the official opening of the $250,000 revamp to its facilities.
The overhaul of the clubrooms in the town will allow more people within the community to utilise the reserve, with female friendly and unisex toilets just one of the upgrades.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the redevelopment would additionally boost junior and female participation in sport at the well-utilised reserve.
“The female friendly and unisex additional toilets, as well as the new shower and change room facilities in the football and netball rooms, will take the recreation reserve to the next level for our community,’’ she said.
“The refurbishment also includes an all abilities toilet and shower facility and a designated baby change station, making it more user friendly for the young families in the community.
“The Nagambie Recreation Reserve has been in desperate need of these upgrades, so we are so pleased to officially open them to the public.’’
A designated umpire changing room complete with its own toilet and shower facilities have also been rolled out in the upgrade.
Cr McClaren said the $249,000 upgrade had been made possible with a $100,000 grant received from the State Government’s Country Football and Netball Program, $100,000 from the Strathbogie Shire Council, $30,000 from Bendigo Bank’s Nagambie Branch and in-kind support from local user groups.
“This has been a whole community project, that everyone involved from a Government to a grass roots level should be extremely proud of,’’ she said.
The Hon Jaclyn Symes MP, Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Resources, performed the official opening.


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