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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.

 

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admin@seamerdesign.com (Administrator) Latest News Sun, 05 Apr 2020 12:42:22 +1000
Parking changes in Nagambie https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1625-parking-changes-in-nagambie https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1625-parking-changes-in-nagambie

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.

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cyber-kroniqdeli@hotmail.com (administrator) Latest News Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:40:37 +1100
Coronavirus information https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/emergency-management/coronavirus-information https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/emergency-management/coronavirus-information

Updated 3 April at 11.30am

Strathbogie Shire Council is committed to supporting the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as the lead agency responsible for responding to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and will ensure our community is kept informed.
Anyone with health concerns can call 1300 650 172 or find up-to-date reliable information at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

This page contains the following information:

 


 

Services

The table below is a quick reference point for anyone wishing to access Council services. It will be updated regularly and more information is available below. A PDF of the document is also available in the documents section of this page, so downloading and sharing this document is encouraged.

Facility              

Status

Customer service centres

The centres are closed for face-to-face inquiries, but phone, email or Facebook inquiries are most welcome.

Visitor information centres

Euroa Hub and Nagambie VIC both closed to the public. 

Euroa Community Cinema

Closed.

Maternal and Child Health Services

By appointment only.

Council meetings

Council meetings will proceed with videolink services available to watch.

Community funding programs

On hold.

Kerbside waste and recycling services

Occurring as normal.

Transfer stations

Open.

Capital works

Proceeding.

Road works

Proceeding.

Building and planning applications

Proceeding.

Public toilets

Open but some shortage of toilet paper supplies being experienced. 

Libraries

Closed

Saleyards

Open but general public not permitted. Buyers and key personnel only. 

Youth services

Changes can be found at https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/youth/youth/recent-events

The L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program is on hold. Find out more at https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/youth/youth/l2p-learner-driver-program

Playgrounds

All public playgrounds have been closed until further notice.

Waterways

All boat ramps and access points to Lake Nagambie and surrounding waterways are closed until further notice. 

Immunisations

By appointment only.


 Council undertakes regular business continuity planning to ensure we are well prepared to respond to a range of situations.

  • Council is working closely with the DHHS as the lead agency responsible for the COVID-19 response.
  • Council is closely monitoring the situation and senior management and relevant staff are regularly meeting to review business operations and service delivery.
  • Regular updates will continue to be provided to workers, volunteers, contractors and customers will be advised if any changes are required.
  • Council will continue to review operations as the situation evolves. Council services continue to operate as per normal business hours.
  • Council is proactively encouraging workers to maintain personal hygiene and we are committed to providing a hygienic work environment.
  • We are also encouraging everyone in the community to maintain personal hygiene and make responsible choices for the benefit of them, their families and our community. We encourage everyone to stay informed.

Events

Council events and events held at council venues

Council acknowledges that on Friday, 13 March 2020 Australia's Chief Medical Officer recommended that mass gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled from Monday 16 March 2020.
Council will be following the advice of the Australian Government and DHHS for its own events. Council is liaising with event organisers and encourages them to also follow and implement recommended risk mitigation measures as directed by the Australian Government and DHHS. Assistance will be provided to re-schedule events and event permits to a suitable future date.

Non-council events

Council recommends event organisers follow the recommendations from the Australian Government and DHHS. This includes postponing all non-essential meetings and practicing social distancing wherever possible.
Please contact event organisers directly for any queries related to non-council organised events. If you are a ticket-holder for an event that has or will be cancelled from Monday 16 March 2020, check the terms and conditions of purchase, and give the event operator time to process this decision and advise you in due course regarding reschedules and refunds.
Rescheduling is an opportunity that benefits all parties, but it does take time to investigate.

Events we are aware of which have been cancelled or postponed are below. Please contact the event organisers for more information.

  • Go Fish
  • Euroa Rodeo
  • Euroa Hub is closed
  • APS Regatta
  • Euroa Arts and Agri-Life Festival has been scaled down
  • Victorian Masters Rowing Regatta
  • APS Regatta (Heads of the River)

Changes

What are we doing differently?

Council meetings:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Council meetings from April onwards will be shown via Facebook live stream. In the interests of public safety, people are encouraged to view the meetings through this video link where possible. Gallery numbers are restricted to two people at any one time. It should also be noted that Councillors and staff will be practicing social distancing before, during and after the meetings.

Community meetings:

We have written to all community groups who meet on Council premises advising to them to postpone or cancel non-essential meetings and events unit further notice.

Euroa Community Cinema:

The cinemas will be closed until further notice. This will be reviewed in 30 days.

Libraries:

The libraries, including the mobile library, have been closed by Goulburn Valley Library Corporation. Scheduled community workshops, programs and the Home Library Service have also been suspended.

Public toilets:

Our public toilets will remain open. Please note that public toilets will be cleaned and maintained as normal, however we are also affected by the national shortage of toilet paper and there may be times when you find the amenities do not have adequate stocks. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Customer service: 

Our customer service offices at Euroa and Nagambie were closed for face-to-face service on 30 March. However, we still welcome people to contact us by by phone, email or post for their inquiries and pay bills online or over the phone. Our priority is the health and safety of our community and staff as we continue to work through these uncertain times.

Community grants:

We have postponed our community grants and sponsorship programs until further notice.

Maternal and Child Health Services

All appointments will be as follows;

  • We will be replacing face-to-face home visits and centre appointments with telephone or online consultations
  • We are establishing a priority of access for young infants (newborn, two week, four week and eight week), Aboriginal parents, infants and children and those with additional needs or complexity
  • We are undertaking essential face-to-face home or centre visits for up to 15 minutes ONLY (these would be for prioritised/enhanced clients when deemed necessary via clinical assessment)
  • Our MCH nurses will be using full Personal Protective Equipment when visiting families with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Additionally all group and open sessions will be suspended until further notice.

These include:

  • Weekly Open Sessions
  • Sleep and Settling
  • First Time Parent Groups
  • Supported Playgroup Program

The 24 hour/seven day a week Maternal Child Health Line will continue to operate and provide telephone advice to parents and families across Victoria.
It is contactable on 13 22 29.

Saleyards:

At this time, the Euroa sale scheduled for 1 April will be proceeding as an essential service to the food supply chain, but will not be open to the general public.
As this is a rapidly changing landscape, we would ask that all buyers intending to participate in person check this website regularly, or contact the saleyards or their agent beforehand, to ascertain whether the sale is still proceeding as it may be cancelled with little notice.
Should the sale go ahead, strict hygiene and social distancing principles will be applied, as well as security checks before granting admission.

Youth services:

There are a number of changes to the way in which youth services are being delivered. For the latest, go to https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/youth/youth/recent-events

Playgrouds:

All public playgrounds in Strathbogie Shire were closed as of 30 March 2020. They will remain closed until further notice. 

Waterways:

Please note that all boat ramps and access points to Lake Nagambie and surrounding waterways are closed until further notice.

This is in accordance with the direction of the Chief Health Officer, and  Department of Health and Human Services requirements, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

This means that fishing, boating, canoeing, rowing or other water-based activities, as well as camping, are not permitted.

Police patrols will be taking place of the waterways and surrounding areas to ensure people are adhering with the requirements, introduced by the Victorian Government as part of Stage 3 Coronavirus restrictions.

Immunisations:

Due to the current COVID-19 social distancing requirements in place, all immunisation services will be by appointment only. This applies to all scheduled Council Immunisation Sessions, including Strathbogie Shire.

If you or your child requires vaccination at one of Council’s immunisation sessions, please contact Wodonga Council, which is the service provider for Strathbogie Shire, to make an appointment on 1800 655 360. The Coucnil will endeavour to accommodate everyone with an appointment. Please note that only one parent/guardian should accompany a child into the immunisation session.

For more information, go to https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/development/environmental-health/immunisations


Unaffected

What is unaffected?

The majority of our services remain operational with some changes, so:

  • Your bins will be collected as normal
  • Roads and community infrastructure will be maintained
  • Capital works will continue
  • Building and planning applications will continue to be processed
  • Our waste transfer stations are open.

We will be constantly and carefully monitoring this situation as it evolves. Things will develop over the coming days and weeks, and we will always make decisions with the health and safety of our community and staff in mind. We will keep you updated as things change.

We ask at all Council premises, please only attend if absolutely necessary and maintain social distancing from staff and other people at all times. 

While physical interactions may be limited during this time, we encourage our community to continue to support and connect with each other. And when it comes to health alerts and information, be sure to get the most accurate, up to date information from the source. The Department of Health and Human Services has daily updates and is a trusted source of information https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/


FAQs

(source: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus)

What is a novel coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
However novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus?

It depends on the virus, but common signs include:

  • Fever
  • A cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath.

Being tested:

Benalla Health has established a fever clinic in the health service grounds for COVID-19 testing.

A temporary marquee has been set up near the Urgent Care Centre and is currently operational. Another clinic will be set up in the Community Rehabilitation Centre with an entry via Samaria Rd when community needs increase.

The clinic is now receiving all individuals who have a fever and/or flu-like symptoms. 

More at https://www.benallahealth.org.au/n/FeverclinicopensatBenallaHealth-430-172/


 What can I do to protect myself?

To protect yourself and others from infection practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:

  • Cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath
  • Staying home if you are unwell.
  • You should also try and stay at least 1.5 metres away from people coughing or sneezing.

Assistance

The following links will provide further information:

Support for businesses: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses

Information and support for individuals: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19

Coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398

Register as a displaced worker: www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria


Documents:

Speech by Cr John Mason, 17 March 2020 regarding Council's response to Coronavirus

Advertisement in local newspapers W/C 24.3.2020

Quick summary of Council services


Access

Information in other languages:

SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal SBS has launched the SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal, a dedicated online information hub for multicultural communities to easily access accurate and trusted news and information about COVID-19, in their language.

SBS is committed to informing all Australians about the latest coronavirus developments. News and information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is available below in 63 languages.

Access the link via https://www.sbs.com.au/language/coronavirus

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design@cvwd.com.au (Kerryanne Boer (CVWD)) Emergency Management Wed, 18 Mar 2020 09:15:28 +1100
Coronavirus update given https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1622-corona-virus-update-given https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1622-corona-virus-update-given

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.

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admin@seamerdesign.com (Administrator) Latest News Fri, 13 Mar 2020 15:28:44 +1100
Small Projects Grants https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/community/20-community-funding/1619-small-projects-grants https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/community/20-community-funding/1619-small-projects-grants

Small projects grants are available for applicants that have missed the submission dates for Community Grants from other categories. Groups are only eligible to receive this grant once per year and are not eligible for a Small Project Grant if they are currently expending other Strathbogie Shire Community Grant Funds. Grants are available up to $1000.

Small Project Grants must meet the criteria for one of the four Community Grant Categories:

  • Active and Healthy Communities
  • Arts, Culture and Events
  • Environmental and Sustainability
  • Facilities and Infrastructure

The 2019-2020 Community Grants Guidelines can be found here.

 

Application process

Please click here to start your application.

Applications will be assessed monthly.

  • Applications should be received before 12pm on the last Monday of the month
  • Applications then undergo pre-eligibilty checks before being forwarded to Assessors
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the first Monday of the Month

Any application received after 12pm on the last Monday of the month will be assessed the following month.

Please ensure you speak with Community Wellbeing staff during the application process.

 

It is recommended that your project should directly relate to a strategic goal specified in one or more of the following documents:

 

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kylie.dowell@strathbogie.vic.gov.au (Kylie Dowell) Community Funding Fri, 13 Mar 2020 15:01:16 +1100
Lots to love about new OVG https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1617-lots-to-love-about-new-ovg https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1617-lots-to-love-about-new-ovg

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 https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/tourism/tourism/official-visitors-guide

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admin@seamerdesign.com (Administrator) Latest News Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:42:33 +1100
Have say on water play area idea https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1616-have-say-on-water-play-area-idea https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1616-have-say-on-water-play-area-idea

28 February 2020

Residents are being encouraged to have their say about the idea of a water play area in Nagambie.


The idea has been voiced by the community over many years, particularly in line with the desire for Lake Nagambie to return to its glory days of being a huge tourism and community drawcard.


Strathbogie Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the Council had done significant community engagement over many years, with the reinvigoration of the lake a recurrent theme among residents.


“We have heard the community tell us that they wish to see some significant water activities that the family can enjoy at Lake Nagambie,” she said.


“Based on what we have heard so far there are two concepts which could complement each other.


“The first is for an inflatable water park for the more adventurous which is currently being considered as part of the second round of drought stimulus funding.


“The second is for a water play area, which could have land and water-based play areas.


“To progress this second idea, Strathbogie Shire Council has engaged @Leisure Planners to undertake a feasibility study into the location and construction of a proposed water play area, which would include land and water-based options.


“Nagambie's Buckley Park is a site which people have most commonly suggested to us, and now the Council is keen to gauge residents’ views on whether it is a feasible option.


“Similar parks at Bright and Tocumwal are huge drawcards to people and we believe that something similar would be a huge coup for our Shire.”


Input being sought includes whether residents, community groups and potential users are supportive of the idea, what the best location would be and what features could be included if the proposal went ahead.


“We would encourage as many people as possible to share their views with us,” Cr McClaren said.


“Representatives from @Leisure will be at Buckley Park on March 6 and 7, so we would encourage those in the area to come and chat with us about the water park concept.


“For those who can’t attend in person, we have made available a number of different ways in which our community can voice their views.”


The consultation sessions are as follows:

  • In person at Buckley Park, Friday, March 6 from 4pm to 6pm and Saturday, March 7 from 9am to noon.
  • Online at Our Say – https://oursay.org/survey/Yge3BM. This page will also be updated regularly throughout the project.
  • Via social media on the Council’s Facebook page when posts about the project occur.
  • By contacting @Leisure planners at media@atleisure.com.au
  • By phoning @Leisure Project Manager Michael Graham on (03) 9326 1662.

Closing date for consultation will be March 20.

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admin@seamerdesign.com (Administrator) Latest News Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:31:15 +1100
Strathbogie to host RCV Summit https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1615-strathbogie-to-host-rcv-summit https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1615-strathbogie-to-host-rcv-summit

24 February 2020

Strathbogie Shire Council will host the 2020 Rural Council’s Victoria Summit in May, with the theme Does Size Matter? Doing More with Less.

The forum is an opportunity for councillors and local government staff from across the state to join with business and industry leaders, economic and community development officers, academics and education providers to collectively discuss the challenges faced by rural municipalities.

The event will take place at Mitchelton in Nagambie from May 6 to 8.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said Strathbogie was proud to be hosting such an important event on the rural Victorian calendar.

“This summit aims to equip all these leaders with the information, skills and capacity to respond to the ever-changing environment we are facing,’’ she said.

Ms McClaren said the theme Does Size Matter? Doing More with Less significantly reflected what local government was trying to achieve by addressing national and global issues with limited time and resources.

“The ability to do more with less has never been more important,’’ she said.

“The Summit program will showcase how small organisations can overcome size and resource funding constraints to achieve positive outcomes for their communities.’’

Chair of Rural Councils Victoria, Cr Mary-Ann Brown, said the Summit will focus on delegates engaging in group discussions and information sharing.

“It is quite rare for so many people from across the state to get together to discuss how we can all work better to serve our communities, so we’re really pleased to be bringing everyone together in Nagambie to do this,” she said.

“We hope attendees will leave with great insights on how councils and other community organisations can support their communities to grow and flourish,’’ Cr Brown said.

The summit features an impressive line-up of speakers including Craig Reucassel from ABC TV series War on Waste, climate change specialist Charlotte Turner. Speakers also include Victorian Gender and Sexuality Commissioner and Violet Town local Rowena Allen, and the Hon. Adem Somyurek MP, Victorian Minister for Small Business and Local Government.

In a Rural Councils Victoria Summit first, a Rural Youth Summit for those aged 18 to 25 will be held to coincide and integrate with the Summit proper, recognising the importance of this demographic to rural Victoria.

The event is proudly delivered by Rural Councils Victoria, the peak body representing Victoria’s rural local councils, in partnership with Strathbogie Shire Council.

 

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admin@seamerdesign.com (Administrator) Latest News Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:09:39 +1100
Variation sought on funding https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1614-variation-sought-on-funding https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1614-variation-sought-on-funding

24 February 2020

 Strathbogie Shire Council will seek a variation on a funding commitment around a Post-Traumatic Stress Wellness Centre proposed for Euroa.

At Tuesday night’s Council meeting, the decision to seek a variation on the conditions around the $50,000 pledged by the Australian Government was agreed.

This resulted after it was advised that the vacant buildings on Euroa Health property, known as Euroaville and Amaroo, and referenced in the original application for funding, were no longer available for the proposal.

Euroa Health has offered a greenfield site as an alternative to the vacant buildings and is happy to work with the steering committee to progress the project.

The decision to write to the Hon. Michael McCormack MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, was determined by the Council as it could potentially allow the funding to be used for a feasibility study should other suitable sites in the Strathbogie Shire become apparent.

The Post-Traumatic Stress Wellness Centre project proposal would provide retired veterans and emergency service workers and volunteers suffering post Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) with short term accommodation, wellbeing services and training and employment opportunities, as appropriate, to assist in helping individuals transition from difficult wellbeing and minimise the risk of homelessness.

Strathbogie Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the strong community support for the project to date meant that it would be beneficial if the funding for a feasibility study could be broadened to allow for assessment of alternative sites.

“We are pleased that we have been able to continue working with our community on this important project,” she said.

“We look forward to hearing from Minister McCormack about the outcome and will advise the community accordingly.”

Euroa Health Chief Executive Officer Cherree Hunter said that the organisation would soon embark on its next four-year Strategic Plan and development of a Master Site Plan in consultation with the community.

“To firmly commit the vacant buildings of Euroaville and Amaroo to the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Wellness Centre prior to undertaking the processes of community consultation would not enable us to identify what it is the people of Euroa want from the health service both now and into the future,” Ms Hunter said.

“Currently the Amaroo and Euroaville buildings have been vacant for several years, with annual costs of maintaining the buildings in their current status in excess of $35,000.

“A feasibility study for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Wellness Centre was anticipated to have taken a further 12 months to complete and, if viability was determined, further time would be taken to gain funding for significant site refurbishment and building works.”

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admin@seamerdesign.com (Administrator) Latest News Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:53:16 +1100
Synthetic green opened https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1611-synthetic-green-pride-of-nagambie-bowls-club https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1611-synthetic-green-pride-of-nagambie-bowls-club

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.

 

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