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Monday, 8 July, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council encourages the local community to attend a Children’s Health and Wellbeing forum in Euroa on Wednesday 24th July 2019 from 5- 8pm.

The forum is being conducted by local representatives and health promotion workers in the area to inform an action plan for future health and wellbeing services in Victoria.

This forms part of the Deakin University’s RESPOND project; a community led approach to address children’s health and wellbeing in the Ovens Murray and Goulburn regions.

RESPOND received $4.1 million in funding through a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), an Australian Government Department who work to build a healthier future for all Australians through research funding and health guidelines.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said Council encourages the community to attend the forum and put forward their ideas.

“We know our local community is passionate about health and physical activity and this forum is a great opportunity to provide input into future planning for the health of our children,” Mayor McClaren said.

“It’s great to hear communities and service providers will be working together to contribute to a bright and healthy future for our children,” Cr McClaren said.

The forum will be held at the Euroa Football Club Rooms at 1 Dunn Street and free dinner will be provided to those who attend.

To register to attend the community forum, please contact Izzy on (03) 5823 3231 or register at Eventbrite here

 

 

Friday, 5 July, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council is hosting a free screening of Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley [M] at the Euroa Community Cinema on Friday 12th July at 8pm as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, and NAIDOC Week, from 7- 14th July, is an annual event to raise awareness for reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.

Echoing this year’s NAIDOC week theme, ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth’, the film is told through the stories of the people that live there, acting as a stark reminder of the importance to look at issues that are at once both complex and straightforward, and to hear, listen and understand those that know the realities of the situation far better than anyone else.

Strathbogie Shire Council has led the way in achieving state-wide local government support and recognition for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the movement for Voice, Treaty, Truth at the Municipal Association of Victoria State Council which was passed in May.

Honeysuckle Creek Ward Councillor Kate Stothers said achieving state-wide support for the statement was a positive step for Strathbogie Shire Council on the journey forward.

“Council’s resolution supports the sentiments contained in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the process for Aboriginal recognition and reform of the Constitution and a referendum to enshrine a First Nations Voice to Federal Parliament,” Cr Stothers explained.

“Euroa Library has an Indigenous Art Exhibition on display for the community to enjoy, including the Uluru Statement from the Heart mural, a cabinet display and children’s colouring sheets.”

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Thursday, 4 July, 2019

This Monday 8th July is going to be a fun day for teenagers aged 13-19 living in the Strathbogie Shire, with the opportunity to catch a bus from Euroa or Nagambie for a day out at Fun Planet in Shepparton.

Strathbogie Shire Council Youth Development Officer, Andy Bell said young people can get a bus ride, lunch, free entry and unlimited rides for $5.

“When we went in to Euroa Secondary College last term young people told us they wanted a trip to Fun Planet next school holidays, so we set up this event,” Mr Bell explained.

“We wanted to give young people something fun to do these school holidays which doesn’t cost them or their parents too much.”

Fun Planet is a family entertainment complex with something for all ages, including laser tag, mini golf, go karts and a haunted house.

Those attending will be supervised by Strathbogie Shire Council staff and volunteers and the day will run from 10am- 4pm.

Tickets, permission forms and bus information is available at www.mondayfunday2019.eventbrite.com or call Council’s Youth Team on 1800 065 993.

 

Wednesday, 3 July, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council endorsed a comprehensive action plan in response to the findings of the recent Victorian Auditor-General’s Office Audit Report (VAGO) into Fraud and Corruption Controls at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday 2nd July.

The action plan involved formally accepting the resignation of Steve Crawcour as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective from Thursday 27th June 2019.

Council also appointed Phil Howard as Acting CEO until the appointment of a permanent CEO, which is envisaged to happen later this year. 

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the appointment of Phil Howard as Acting CEO will allow the organisation to continue to make some serious policy and procedural improvements before it welcomes a new Chief Executive.

Mayor McClaren said Council is also focused on the very important task of appointing the next CEO, who will be crucial to ensuring the organisation can rebuild community trust with a much tighter focus on the needs and expectations of its ratepayers.

“We take the outcomes of this audit very seriously and it will be an important consideration in the recruitment of our next CEO,” Mayor McClaren explained.

Acting CEO Phil Howard said he is committed to leading the organisation to make the necessary process improvements endorsed by Council at the Special Council Meeting.

“I’d like to acknowledge the frustration felt by our community in relation to the findings of the VAGO Audit Report which has identified a failure by the organisation to meet the expectations of our community,” Mr Howard said.

“I’d like to thank Council for the opportunity to lead this organisation in the interim and I am committed to using the findings in this report as a catalyst for needed change, in not only our policies and procedures, but the organisation’s culture, which is established, monitored and regulated by its senior executives.”

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