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Thursday, 20 June, 2019

Aurora Foods Pty Ltd is conducting a recall of the following products.

The products have been available for sale at Independent grocers including select IGAs, delis and cafes in NSW, VIC, TAS, SA, WA.

It's Vegan Cookies Coconut Vegan Dairy Free Gelato, 500ml Use By 27.02.21

It's Vegan Lemon Gluten and Dairy Free Sorbet, 500ml Use By 08.03.21; 29.04.21

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Fri, 21 Jun 2019 04:19:03 +1000
Audit findings highlight a need for improvement

Thursday, 20 June, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council has recently participated in a thorough audit process undertaken by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) which has provided a number of recommendations on ways to improve its fraud and corruption controls.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said whilst the VAGO audit concluded there was no fraud or corruption detected at Council, it did identify areas where improvement is required on controls to prevent, detect and respond to potential fraud and corruption.

“Council recognises the important role VAGO has to play in raising the standard of local government and improving the provision of services and utilisation of public money,” Mayor McClaren explained.

“The VAGO audit process allowed for Council staff to review and provide feedback to the report and implement improvements to controls and processes; however Councillors are yet to be briefed and discuss the report.”

Following the findings of the audit, the organisation has embarked on a comprehensive review of existing policies and procedures, particularly those that relate to discretionary expenditure and fuel and credit card use, to ensure total transparency and closer scrutiny of all claims.

Strathbogie Shire Council Chief Executive Officer, Steve Crawcour said these reviews include the provision of awareness training for staff on the updated policies and procedures.

“We welcomed the opportunity to work proactively with VAGO in the conduct of its audit which we see as a catalyst for positive change in the organisation,” Mr Crawcour said.

“Ongoing improvements will continue to be introduced, reviewed and monitored as we work closely with staff to ensure diligent monitoring and a commitment to best-practice transparency across the organisation.”

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:27:26 +1000
What does meaningful engagement mean to you?

Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

What do you think is important for Strathbogie Shire Council to consider in the community engagement process to ensure it is meaningful and effective?

Council is calling on the community to provide feedback on its draft Community Engagement Strategy, which is currently out for public comment until 5pm Wednesday 17th July 2019.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the strategy aims to improve the way Council informs and engages with the community and key stakeholders.

“We are committed to providing opportunities for more meaningful engagement to ensure our community feels informed and connected with Council's decision-making and operations,” Mayor McClaren explained.

“The draft Community Engagement Strategy outlines Council’s commitment to engagement, objectives and how we plan to put this into action.”

Mayor McClaren encouraged the community to view the strategy and contribute their ideas and feedback on Council’s online forum where they will need to create a login.

Alternatively, you can get a copy of the strategy at Customer Service in Euroa and Nagambie and hand in written feedback or email

Click here for the full story

Click here to have your say on the forum

Click here to access a copy of the draft Community Engagement Strategy

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Wed, 19 Jun 2019 01:12:15 +1000
Check out Goulburn Valley Funding Finder today

Monday, 17 June, 2019

Do you run a business or are you a member of a community group? Do you have a project that you don’t have funds for?

Grants are a fantastic way to get the funding you need to bring your project to fruition. There are so many grants out there just waiting for applications!

Strathbogie, Shepparton and Moira Councils have partnered with Australia’s most powerful grant search engine Grant Guru to bring you Goulburn Valley Funding Finder, a one-stop-shop search engine for business and community grants.

There are over $40 billion worth of grants out there right now!

Here is a quick snapshot of some of the grants that are currently open for applications:

FRRR - Strengthening Rural Communities – Small & Vital

This program, aims to give small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds that can benefit and help secure their future prosperity, with eligible activities being able to demonstrate a focus from seven defined areas: Building community resilience; Developing organisational resilience and capacity; Enhancing environmental sustainability; Fostering cultural vibrancy; Lifelong learning and education; Economic strength; Improving community health and social wellbeing

FRRR - In a Good Place

This program aims to provide support for community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and increase help-seeking of members within rural, regional and remote communities who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues.

Visit Goulburn Valley Funding Finder and let the search begin!

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:32:56 +1000
Customer Service at Council exceeds state-wide average

Friday, 14 June, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council’s Customer Service has received a rating of 75 in its recent Community Satisfaction Survey which has surpassed the state-wide average of 71.

This is a significant five-point increase on its 2018 Customer Service result, and is Council’s highest result in the history of these reports to date.

The Community Satisfaction Surveys are independently coordinated by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on behalf of Victorian councils.

A survey sample of 400 residents, matched to the demographic profile of the Strathbogie Shire, participated in the survey where they provided a rating out of 100 on Council’s performance and service delivery in a variety of areas.

The report revealed a general improvement across the board again this year, with the most improved area being Council’s performance in making community decisions (index score of 55), which increased by seven points compared to 2018.

Click here to read the full story

Click here for the full 2019 Community Satisfaction Survey report


]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Fri, 14 Jun 2019 07:11:33 +1000
Food recall: Coles and Pauls Milk

Friday, 14 June, 2019

Lactalis Australia Pty Ltd wish to advise all consumers on the recall of the following milk products due to the presence of an amount of food grade dairy cleaning solution. The recalled products have been for sale in Coles, Wollworths, IGA and other retailers across Victoria. 

Problem: Lactalis Australia believes the above products may contacin an amount of food grade dairy cleaning solution. The milk products may have a yellowish colouring and/ or metallic chemical taste. 

Food safety hazard: This ia a food safety isse and anyone concerns about their health should seek medical advice.

What to do: Consumers with the affected products should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Contact details: We encourage any consumers with questions abou the recall to get in touch with Lactalis Australia Pty Ltd consumer services team on 1800 676 961.

For more information, review the food recall flyer here.

See for Australian food recall information. 


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]]> (Katherine Crosbie) Latest News Fri, 14 Jun 2019 03:05:40 +1000
Drought Assistance

We appreciate the hardship faced by our local farmers, and farmers right across Australia caused by the current dry conditions.

There are grants and support programs out there to help you during these difficult times.

Click here for a list of grants and support services 

Visit Agriculture Victoria's website for more information

Learn more about climate conditions 

]]> (Kerryanne Boer (CVWD)) Economic Development Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:20:28 +1000
State Memorial Service Robert Hawke AC





A State Memorial Service for the Honourable Robert James Lee Hawke AC, former Prime Minister of Australia, will be held at 11.30am on Friday 14 June 2019 at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales.

Mr Hawke was the Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1979 for service to trade unionism and industrial relations. 

As a mark of mourning and respect, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast from all buildings and establishments occupied by Victorian Government departments and affiliated agencies (all day) on Friday 14 June 2019.

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Wed, 12 Jun 2019 22:53:37 +1000
Detox Your Home of unwanted chemicals

Monday, 11 June, 2019

Have you got household chemicals that you need to dispose of?

Strathbogie Shire residents are being urged to ‘Detox your Home’ – a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of common, highly toxic household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

The household chemical collection program is coming to Mitchell Shire Council’s Seymour Works Depot (behind Seymour Sports & Aquatic Centre) on Saturday 15 June between 10am - 12 noon.

Strathbogie Shire is encouraging residents to make the most of the Seymour event as it is currently the closest collection program for Strathbogie Shire residents to dispose of their household chemicals- like pesticides, detergents and weed killers.

Chemical wastes of any kind cannot be accepted at any of Strathbogie Shire Council’s Waste Transfer Stations, so the collection event occurring in Seymour provides the best opportunity for Strathbogie residents to dispose of their unwanted toxic household chemicals.

Before attending the Seymour event, residents are reminded to check the list of items which can be accepted, by visiting or can call 1300 363 744 for further information about the event.

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Tue, 11 Jun 2019 04:32:21 +1000
Electronic Waste Disposal

E-waste – or electronic waste – is growing three times faster than the rate of standard municipal waste. It contains many potentially hazardous and valuable materials, which don‘t belong in landfill.

To help protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government is banning all e-waste from going to landfill as of 1 July 2019. That means, e-waste can’t go in any bin.




Q: What is e-waste?

E-waste refers to unwanted and discarded electrical and electronic products. This means anything powered by a battery or an electrical cord and plug.

E-waste includes larger household items such as ‘white goods’ e.g. washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, freezers, ovens and microwaves. Home entertainment products such as televisions, computers, CD players, DVD players, tablets, mobile phones and other handheld electronic devices.

Electrical gardening equipment such as hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, electric chainsaws, whipper snippers, electric lawn mowers etc.

Smaller household items such as toasters, kettles, irons, lamps, battery operated or electronic toys, hairdryers, fans, heaters, printers etc.

If in doubt it is always best to remember if it has a cord, plug or battery, it is e-waste.

Q: What is the e-waste ban?

From 1 July 2019, e-waste cannot be disposed of in landfill. Fines will not be applicable to either households or businesses. The Victorian Government is simply urging Victorians to do the right thing and embrace the fact that responsible electronic-waste disposal and recycling makes more sense.

More information on the regulator changes and policies can be found here

Q: What should I do with e-waste?

E-waste should not be placed in your red (or yellow) kerbside bin. We are encouraging residents to dispose of their e-waste by taking it to a Council resource recovery centre, or by using one of the other e-waste drop off / collection services as listed here by Sustainability Victoria.

Once collected , e-waste is sent to a sorting facility where it is sorted and then sent to recyclers for reprocessing. By utilising the drop off points at the resource recovery centres, or another similar service your e-waste can be recycled and will not end up in landfill.

Q: Will fees apply to dropping off e-waste at any of the Council resource recovery centres?

Strathbogie Shire Council is pleased to currently offer free e-waste disposal at all of our resource recovery centres.

The cost of this service is reviewed regularly as part of Council’s annual budget process.

Q: What happens to e-waste collected at Council Resource Recovery Centres?

E-waste that is collected and stored at Council’s resource recovery centres is periodically collected by our e-waste recycling contractor. It is then taken to the contractors EPA certified facility to be safely sorted into different recycling streams.

Q: Why should I recycle e-waste?

There are many reasons why you should recycle e-waste. Please remember recycling e-waste cannot be done using your yellow lidded kerbside service.

  • It’s good for the environment
  • It’s good to recover and reuse 
  • Keep it out of landfill

All e-waste products can contain hazardous materials. Ranging from heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium to ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCS) and flame retardants.  Even in small amounts, these dangerous chemicals can cause environmental contamination.  

When you multiply the millions of e-waste items being sent to landfill, the environmental impact becomes much more serious.  

E-waste contains a range of valuable materials, including tin, nickel, zinc, aluminium, copper, silver, gold and plastic. 

In 2016, 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide. Of this enormous figure, only about 20 per cent, or 8.9 million metric tonnes was recycled. The rest ended up in landfill.

Hazardous and precious metals aside, putting this huge volume of ‘stuff’ in the ground is not sustainable. Keeping e-waste out of landfill is a much smarter idea.   

Q: How can I avoid creating e-waste?

Recycling your e-waste is important and necessary. But even better is to try and avoid creating e-waste in the first place.

Before you buy an electronic item, you can:

  • Carefully select the right product for your needs
  • Choose a brand that's environmentally responsible
  • Only upgrade your tech if there's a real reason to do so
  • Support businesses that are working to solve the e-waste problem.

If you have an item you no longer need, but which still works and is in good condition, consider trying to find a new home for it first, you could:

  • Offer it to friends or family
  • Try swapping or giving it away for free via an online recycling site
  • Donate it to a charity or Not-For-Profit organisation (make sure they’re happy to accept it first)
  • Sell it. There’s a large market for quality second-hand electronics. You’ll make money and be helping reduce the e-waste burden.

If you have an item that is broken, you can:

  • Contact the manufacture to see if the item can be repaired.
  • Check warranties and returns from the seller and manufacturer.
  • Taking the item to a Repair café. The Seymour Repair Café is open on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 2 to 4pm. More Repair Café locations and times can be found on the website

Q: How is this different from what is already happening?

Strathbogie Shire Council’s resource recovery centres have been offering free e-waste disposal and recycling for a number of years and this service has been successfully taken up by many residents.

However, according to Sustainability Victoria research, most Victorians are unsure of what e-waste is, and how to dispose of it. Many either donate unwanted and even broken items to charity shops, or store it in garages and sheds until they decide what to do with it. Unfortunately, some e-waste gets dumped at clothing recycling bins, opportunity shops or even dumped on the sides of roads.

Sustainability Victoria is partnering with local councils to help raise awareness around e-waste and help stop it from ending up landfill. To assist local government with this change, funding has been provided through the Victorian Government’s E-waste Infrastructure Support Program to upgrade e-waste collection and storage facilities.



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