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5 April 2020

Strathbogie Shire Council has announced measures designed to assist ratepayers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said it is evident that the community had been hard-hit by the standing down of employees, job losses and mandatory closure of businesses.
“Our communities have gone through drought, fires, significant storms and now are faced with unprecedented situation,” she said.
“We are acutely aware of how this situation is affecting people – we have been saddened to hear about job losses, staff being stood down and businesses not being able to trade.
“We want to work with our community to find solutions to see us through this situation.”
The initiatives announced today include:

  • An extension of the due date of the fourth instalment of Council rates to 30 June 2020 (instead of 31 May 2020).
  • No overdue/outstanding interest to be added to accounts for the period from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020.
  • The refund of any previously paid fees for this financial year to become a registered premise, which includes food business, hairdressers, etc. This same fee will not be charged in the 2020-21 financial year.

Cr McClaren said it was important that any ratepayer who is having difficulty with paying their rates to contact the Council early as possible to discuss assistance which can be provided through payment plans and Council’s Hardship Policy.

“It is important to us that our ratepayers and residents are assured that we are here for them during this crisis,” she said.
“We want all ratepayers – whether Residential, Commercial/Business, Farming or other – to know we want to help.”
Cr McClaren said any person experiencing difficulty in paying their rates should contact Council to discuss a possible payment plan or assistance in applying for help under the Hardship Policy.
Cr McClaren said Strathbogie Shire Council was also strongly advocating for rate relief at Federal and State government level as part of the Hume Region Local Government Network, a group of 12 councils which represent more than 300,000 people.
“We are urgently requesting that the Government considers a funding package to help Councils support their communities at this time of crisis,” she said.



New parking time limits in High St, Nagambie, are being introduced, aimed at making the High Street precinct more accessible to visitors and residents of the town.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said that the new parking limits were in response to direct feedback from business-owners and Nagambie residents.

“With increased visitation to Nagambie in recent years, the two-hour restrictions to the parking means that people coming to town should find it easier to find short-term parking in the busy High St area,” Cr McClaren said.

“Over the years, there were different parking limits in the street and so this will make all the parking conditions the same and end any existing confusion about what can be done.”

Cr McClaren said the two hour time limits would be in place from 8am to 5pm seven days a week.

“This means that visitors enjoying the tourism accommodation in Nagambie will be able to legally park their vehicles overnight,” she said.

“This is a similar arrangement to what we have in place in other towns in terms of timed parking and this has worked well, providing a good balance for all parking users.”

Cr McClaren said the decision to change the parking was the result of a review over several months to provide a clear understanding about the need and turnover of the parking bays in Nagambie.

“We would also like to reiterate that there is ample long-term parking available in the town in the side streets so we would ask that anyone who needs this to support the changes by parking their vehicles in these areas.

“We would also encourage our business owners and Nagambie residents to support this initiative by directing people who are staying in the town for a longer time period to park in the appropriate bays.”

Cr McClaren said that signs notifying people about the new arrangements would be erected during March.


Updated 3pm 23 March 2020

Strathbogie Shire Council is closely monitoring the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having across Australia.

This follows the global spread of the virus, which resulted in a worldwide pandemic being declared by the World Health Organisation on 12 March.

Council Chief Executive Officer Julie Salomon said that following the release of the Victorian Government’s Pandemic Plan for the Victorian Health Sector on 10 March 2020, the Council, as part of its emergency management preparedness and planning, is finalising the review and update of its own Pandemic Plan.

“This plan details specific actions to be conducted by Council staff before, during and after a pandemic outbreak,” Ms Salomon said.

“The Council has in place a Business Continuity Plan, which outlines how services to the community will be continued should the Council need to assess the way in which it is delivering these.

“Given the rapidly changing situation, officers will diligently continue to monitor the situation and amend the plans according to Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice, including contingencies and/or cancellation of any planned events and meetings within the Shire.

“We will also be in contact with service providers within the municipality to support continuity of services and support to our community.”

Ms Salomon also said that Council’s Senior Environmental Health Officer has been keeping up-to-date with the latest information regarding COVID-19 through teleconferences hosted by the DHHS.

“This information is, in turn, relayed to all staff to ensure the organisation’s knowledge of the latest developments is thorough and can be conveyed to members of the public, if needed,” she said.

“We encourage all residents to access the DHHS corona virus updates to ensure that they have the latest information.

“We also encourage Council staff and residents to ensure that they remain diligent in hand-washing and cough etiquette and have their flu shots this year when they become available in early April.”

The Council has also been communicating information from the DHHS through its social media channels.


28 February 2020

A new Official Visitors’ Guide featuring the attributes of the Goulburn River and Strathbogie Ranges is hot off the press.

The guide features the towns of Avenel, Euroa, Graytown, Longwood, Nagambie, Ruffy, Strathbogie and Violet Town, as well as the many things to see and do in between.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the guide was a great showcase of what the Goulburn River and Strathbogie Ranges had to offer.

“Whether it is the great wine and gourmet produce, our events and tourism offerings, great natural resources, the indigenous culture of the Taungurung and Yorta Yorta, or our historic and military links, we have so much to be proud of,” Cr McClaren said.

“Each of the towns and villages in our region has its own unique offering which our residents have every right to be extremely proud of.

“As a Council, we truly believe that this region should be shared with wider audiences and we hope that people coming to the region will take advantage of this guide and utilise it to its full potential by seeing and experiencing as much as they can.

“While there is an increased emphasis on online resources, the guide is a handy reference point for people as they travel around the Goulburn River and Strathbogie Ranges areas.”

The guide is available at both the Nagambie and Euroa visitor information centres and also at


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