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Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council has made the decision to engage an independent probity officer to oversee the Chief Executive Officer recruitment process at its recent Ordinary Meeting.

The probity officer will provide objective scrutiny of the recruitment process and whether the prescribed probity requirements have been followed.

This decision comes as Councillors embark on the next stage of the process after receiving significant interest for the CEO position.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council wants to provide community assurance that they have undertaken a sound and comprehensive recruitment process.

“We want to provide assurance that we have given ourselves the best opportunity to select the most appropriate candidate for the Chief Executive position.

Selecting the CEO is the most important undertaking for a Council and we are taking this responsibility very seriously.

We want to be able to provide community confidence that we have undertaken a process that is consistent with best practice and a merit-based appointment is made.”

The probity officer will produce a report which will be tabled at the conclusion of the process.

Council undertook an extensive expression of interest process to appoint recruitment agency Omera Partners to assist with workshopping the type of candidate Council is looking for and ensuring Council was able to attract a high volume of quality candidates.

Council will inform the community when the appointment of the probity officer has been made and throughout the recruitment process.

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:23:31 +1000
New Visitor Information Centre a winner for tourism

Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council, in conjunction with Nagambie Development Enterprises, has officially opened the doors of its new Visitor Information Centre in Nagambie.

Located in prime position at the end of Jacobson’s Outlook, overlooking the stunning Nagambie Lake and iconic Black Caviar statue, the new state of the art facility has one of the best views in town.

The new facility is the result of a partnership between Strathbogie Shire Council and Nagambie Development Enterprises.

Mr Gerry Ryan of Nagambie Development Enterprises has also constructed the Nagambie Brewery and Distillery and Ma Forbes Kitchen adjacent the information centre, which opened earlier this year and is attracting visitors from far and wide.

The modern, open layout of the Visitor Information Centre effectively incorporates Council’s Customer Service and Visitor Information Services which operate out of the centre concurrently.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the new and improved information centre has come at a great time for the town, with tourism and economic development booming.

“The volumes of tourists and visitors making their way to Nagambie is no surprise to local residents as we witness more and more people choosing Nagambie as a holiday destination and a place to escape for the weekend,” Cr McClaren said.

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:09:51 +1000
Baby Friendly Screenings at the Euroa Cinema

Friday, 16 August, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council encourages parents with young children to come along to the Sensory Friendly Screening of The Lion King at the Euroa Community Cinema on Friday 23rd August at 10.30am.

Council recently received feedback through an online survey where parents could register their interest in attending Baby Friendly Screenings.

Council thanks the parents who took the time to complete the survey and is combining Sensory and Baby Friendly Screenings at the Euroa Community Cinema as a result of the interest from parents.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said anyone is welcome to attend Sensory Friendly Screenings, but just to be mindful of the relaxed environment and potential for extra noise.

“Sensory Friendly Screenings are catered to families of those living with autism and other sensory needs that face barriers attending general screenings, allowing families to enjoy their favourite films in a safe and accepting environment” Mayor McClaren explained.

“This environment is also great for young parents, who will be free to attend to their babies and where attendees will expect extra noise. Children are free to get up, move around, ask questions and take time out.”

Sensory Friendly Films attempt to create a more relaxed atmosphere for families by having the cinema lights turned up and the sound turned down.  

Generally films are free of flashing lights and families may like to access a social story prior to attending the cinema to help support children in what to expect before they arrive.

A hearing loop is available for patrons with hearing aids, which is available by upon request.

Families may like to access the social story on Council’s website prior to attending the cinema to help support children in what to expect before they arrive

For more information about the Euroa Community Cinema, please visit the Euroa Cinema button at or contact Council Offices on 1800 065 993.

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:56:35 +1000
Footpath works on Anderson Street in Euroa

Thursday, 15 August, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council is currently undertaking works at the intersection of Anderson Street, Scobie Street and Mansfield Road in Euroa.

These works have come about in response to issues raised by pedestrians and drivers over the approach speed of vehicles travelling from Scobie Street onto Mansfield Road.

The pedestrian median refuge island will be constructed to accommodate cyclist and pedestrians with prams and mobility devices.

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]]> (Katherine Crosbie) Latest News Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:00:35 +1000
VAGO Action Plan

What happened?

Strathbogie Shire Council was one of four Victorian councils randomly selected to participate in the Victorian Auditor General’s Office Audit (VAGO) on fraud and corruption control in Local Government.

The report concluded there was no fraud or corruption detected at Strathbogie, but it did identify expenditure where it was unclear how residents and ratepayers benefited, practices that may not meet public expectations and non‐compliance with legislative requirements aimed at ensuring transparency over council practices to their communities and regulators.

We understand the community’s concern and disappointment. Council is also disappointed by the breadth of improper actions highlighted in the VAGO report and the organisation’s failure to meet the expectations of our community. Our focus is to implement an action plan that will improve our governance and practices and the culture of the organisation to adhere to them.

Significant resources have been allocated to address the recommendations in the VAGO report and improve our policies and practices.

Click here view the VAGO Audit Report in full


Council’s response and Action Plan

Since we received the first draft of the VAGO Audit report, Council started a process to address issues outlined in the report. For example, we immediately stopped the process of selling cars to staff.

In addition to the short-term actions, we have developed a comprehensive action plan, with input from VAGO, Council and Council’s audit committee, which will systematically review and improve our systems and processes.

Strathbogie Shire Council has policies regarding expenditure. The first step is reviewing these to ensure they are clear and rigorous. The second step is to improve the culture of the organisation to ensure these are understood and consistently adhered to.

We will be requesting a further meeting with VAGO in 12 months to review the actions we’ve undertaken and the effectiveness of them. This will be made publicly available.

Click here to view our VAGO Action Plan


Our commitment to our community

We are committed to open and transparent engagement as we implement the action plan. To fulfil this commitment, we will:

a) Provide regular updates via the bulletin, website and other channels.

b) Answer community questions. However, we will not disclose personal details of our councillors or staff.

c) Provide opportunities for the community to meet with Council Officers to be updated on the progress and to ask any questions.


Do you have questions?

Your question may have been already answered in our Frequently Asked Questions document, which we regularly update.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions relating to the VAGO Audit report or Council’s VAGO Action Plan, you can fill in a request for information form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Alternatively, contact Council Offices on 1800 065 993 or email and we will get back to you with a response as soon as possible.



]]> (Kerryanne Boer (CVWD)) Plans, Policies, Strategies & Reports Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:30:25 +1000
Nagambie-Locksley Road level crossing closure

Friday, 26 July, 2019

Nagambie-Locksley Road level crossing in Locksley will be temporary closed by ARTC on the 3rd of August from 9pm- 12am and 5th of August from 2am- 5am.

Vehicles will be escorted across the level crossing as works permit.

Up to 8 minute delays are expected. For more information please call ARTC 1300 550 402. 

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Fri, 26 Jul 2019 17:26:24 +1000
Strathbogie Shire Council cuts costs and emissions

Wednesday, 24 July, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council welcomed Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio to Nagambie recently to announce a second round of funding from the Victorian Government’s Local Government Energy Saver Program.

Council received a $50,000 grant in the first round of the program, which it matched with $50,000 to implement the first step in a major rollout of energy efficiencies across council-run buildings.

This included the installation of 43kW of solar on four key buildings across the municipality, the installation of LED lighting and the upgrade and automation of a number of pumps across the shire, including at some of the pools and Lake Nagambie.

Minister D’Ambrosio was very impressed with Council’s efforts and announced a further $50,000 from the Local Government Energy Saver Program for Council to continue to implement more energy and cost savings.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the second round of funding will be utilised for the upgrade and automation of pumps at the old Violet Town landfill site and the pools in Avenel and Violet Town.

“We will also be fitting solar and LED lighting to the Euroa Library, Avenel Recreation Reserve, and Euroa’s Works Depot,” Mayor McClaren explained.

“By the end of this year Council will have addressed our 10 biggest power usage sites and implemented energy efficiencies of 216.4 tonnes of CO2-emissions, saving us $51,600 on our electricity bills per annum.”

“The avoidance of 216.4 tonnes of CO2-emissions equates to taking 50 passenger vehicles off the road for a year (or over half a million ‘miles’ driven by an average passenger car), or abating the energy of 26 homes for one year, every year,” Mayor McClaren said.

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Sustainability Victoria’s Luke Wilkinson, Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, Seven Creeks Ward Cr John Mason, Acting CEO Strathbogie Shire Council, Phil Howard and Acting Group Manager Innovation and Performance, Emma Kubeil at the Minister’s visit to Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre which was one of the Council building to receive solar


]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Thu, 25 Jul 2019 08:59:59 +1000
Vandalism to 18 trees in the Seven Creeks Park

Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council is disappointed to report vandalism to 18 trees in the Seven Creeks Park in Euroa overnight.

The damage to the trees has been estimated at over $10,000.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council encourages anyone who may have information about this incident to contact the Euroa Police Station on (03) 5795 2017.   

“We are so fortunate to have beautiful natural assets like the Seven Creeks Park and it is such a shame when this type of behaviour compromises these assets,” Cr McClaren said.

“We encourage our community to keep their eyes out for this kind of anti-social behaviour and report it to the police.”

Photo credit: Euroa Gazette

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Tue, 23 Jul 2019 16:52:37 +1000
Avenel-Longwood Road lane closure

Thursday, 18 July, 2019

Please be aware there will be an east-bound lane closure on Avenel-Longwood Rd between Repeater Road and Saggers Lane from 23 July – 6 September 2019.

This will involve temporary traffic lights in place and the community has been advised to expect delays.

The road will initially be utilised by machines and workers to safely remove vegetation, and will then be used for truck movements, material laydown, crane manoeuvring and minor site facilities.

These works are being undertaken by ARTC to facilitate the installation of new double crossovers into the rail.

For more details of the North East Rail Line Upgrade or to sign up for electronic project updates call 1300 550 402 or visit

road work ahead


]]> (Katherine Crosbie) Latest News Thu, 18 Jul 2019 19:48:06 +1000
Avenel MaCH closed Wednesday 17 July

Tuesday, 16 July, 2019

Council wishes to notify the community that the Avenel Maternal and Child Health Centre will be closed on Wednesday, 17 July due to the nurse being unavailable on this day.

There will be available appointments in Avenel on Wednesday 24 July. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and ask that you call Council Offices on 1800 065 993 if you have any questions or concerns relating to this closure.

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:05:33 +1000