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Face-to-face appointments for new parents and babies will start again in Strathbogie Shire from July 1.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the important Maternal and Child Health Services were for infants aged newborn to eight weeks.

“This is great news for new parents in our Shire to once again have face-to-face access to this important service,” Cr McClaren said.

“The service has continued in an online form, but we know how much our new parents benefit from sitting down and talking to one of our Maternal and Child Health nurses.”

Cr McClaren reminded parents they must book for a face-to-face appointment to ensure social distancing protocols can be followed.

“We will also be ensuring 15 minutes between each appointment so we can clean shared spaces and maintain hygiene protocols,” she said.

Strathbogie Shire Manager Community Wellbeing Debra Ellis confirmed appointments for older children would continue by telephone or online consultation.

“We encourage new parents to contact our centres to make an appointment for a face-to-face visit and we will continue to prioritise visits for children with additional or complex needs,” Ms Ellis said.

The 24 hour, seven day a week Maternal Child Health line will continue to operate to provide advice to parents and families across Victoria. This can be accessed by phoning 13 22 29.

To book a Maternal Child Health appointment in Strathbogie Shire phone 1800 065 993.

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kristin.favaloro@strathbogie.vic.gov.au (Kristin Favaloro) Latest News Wed, 01 Jul 2020 05:51:06 +1000
Thinking of running for Council? https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1659-thinking-of-running-for-council https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1659-thinking-of-running-for-council

Thinking of running for Council?

People thinking about standing for Council in the October 2020 election will now need to attend a mandatory training session.

The training is a new requirement of the Local Government Act 2020 and will be offered free of charge in Strathbogie Shire and delivered in Nagambie and Euroa.

Existing and former Councillors planning to run for Council must also complete the training.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren encouraged anyone thinking of running to sign up.

She said even those who wanted to find out more about how Council works would find it beneficial.

“The face to face training is being conducted by our governance team with the support of Victoria Local Governance Association,” Cr McClaren said.

“The workshops are designed to increase understanding of the role of a Councillor, key governance requirements and key provisions of the new Act.

“Even if you are only considering running for Local Government elections, come along and gain the understanding of what is required of a Councillor and ask questions.”

Cr McClaren also took the opportunity to encourage locals to think about putting their hand up for election.

“Being a Councillor is a fantastic opportunity to create positive change for our communities,” she said.

With Election Day being Saturday, October 24 the mandatory candidate training will be held:

  • Nagambie: Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at Nagambie Regatta Centre, 66 Loddings Lane, Nagambie.
  • Euroa: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 6pm to 9 pm at Strathbogie Council Conference Centre, Bury Street, Euroa.

To book, use the links above.

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kristin.favaloro@strathbogie.vic.gov.au (Kristin Favaloro) Latest News Tue, 30 Jun 2020 23:39:04 +1000
2020 Council Elections https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/80-site/1658-2020-council-elections https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/80-site/1658-2020-council-elections

 2020 Council Elections

The next Strathbogie Shire Council Election will be held on Saturday, 24 October, 2020. The election will be held using a Postal Voting system.

The Victorian Electoral Commission is required under State legislation to undertake elections on Council's behalf.

The Electoral Office

The Electoral Office will be in the former State Emergency Service building, Bury Street Euroa (behind Council's offices in Binney Street) and will be opening in early August 2020. More details will follow soon.

To meet Covid-19 social distancing restrictions counting of votes will be undertaken at the Violet Town Community Complex at 35 Cowslip Street, Violet Town.

For more information about the election and the measures being taken to ensure everyone's health and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, please visit the VEC's website

https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Media/October2020LocalCouncilElections.html

 

Thinking of running for Council?

The Local Government Act 2020 outlines what makes you eligible to run for Council and what factors mean that you are disqualified from doing so.

A summary of section 34 of the Act is below setting out all of the requirements and restrictions:

Qualification to be a Councillor

  1.  A person is qualified to be a Councillor of a Council if the person -

    1. is 18 years old ; and

    2. is an Australian citizen or an eligible British subject referred to in section 48(1)(a) of the Constitution Act 1975; and

    3. is enrolled on the voters' roll for the Council or able to be enrolled for the Council for the election; and

    4. is not a person disqualified by any of the criteria under (2) below.

What disqualifies you

     2. A person is not qualified to be a Councillor of a Council if the person -

    1. is a member of the Parliament of Victoria or of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia or of another State or a Territory of the Commonwealth; or

    2. is employed as a Ministerial officer, a parliamentary adviser or an electorate officer by a member of the Parliament of Victoria or for a member of the Parliament of the Commonealth of Australia or of another State or a Territory of the Commonwealth; or

    3. is a Councillor of another Council or a member of a corresponding body under an Act of another State or a Territory of the Commonwealth; or

    4.  is a member of Council staff of the Council; or

    5. is an undischarged bankrupt; or

    6. has property that is subject to control under the law relating to bankruptcy; or

    7. has failed to take the oath or affirmation of office of Councillor at any Council during the current term of office of that Council; or

    8. is currently disqualified from being a Councillor; or

    9. has been subject to 2 or more findings of serious misconduct by a separate Councillor Conduct Panel; or

    10. has been convicted of the offence of failing to lodge an election campaign donation return in relation to the current term of the Council; or

    11. has been convicted of an offence against this Act in the preceeding 8 years for which the maximum penalty is at least 120 penalty units or a period of imprisonment of at least 12 months; or

    12. has been convicted of an offence in the preceding 8 years, committed when the person was of or over 18 years of age, which is punishable upon first conviction for a term of imprisonment of 2 years or more under the law of Victoria, or the law of any other State, or a Territory of the Commonwealth, or the law of the Commonwealth; or

    13. is disqualified from managing corporations under Part 2D.6 of the Corporations Act.

The exact wording of this clause of the Act can be found by clicking on this link to the Local Government Act 2020

 

Anyone thinking of running for Council must now complete mandatory training

If you’re thinking about standing for Council in the October 2020 election, you now need to attend a mandatory training session.

The training is a new requirement of the Local Government Act 2020 and will be offered free of charge and will be delivered in Nagambie and Euroa.

The face to face training is being conducted by Strathbogie Shire’s governance team with the support of Victoria Local Governance Association.

Workshops are designed to increase understanding of the role of a Councillor, key governance requirements and key provisions of the new Act.

Strathbogie Shire Council training sessions are being held on:

  • Nagambie: Saturday 1 August 2020 at 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm at Nagambie Regatta Centre, 66 Loddings Lane, Nagambie.
  • Euroa: Wednesday 19 August 2020 at 6 pm to 9 pm at Strathbogie Council Conference Centre, Bury Street, Euroa.

Register for the Nagambie session here.

Register for the Euroa session here.

 

What does a Councillor do?

Being a Councillor is a complex job.

You have to be able to understand complex budgets and financial plans, legislation, be able to speak publicly and to communicate with a wide range of people across the community.

Councillors also need to be available to:

  • meet with our community and respond to their queries
  • attend briefings and Council meetings (which at times can be several hours a week)
  • read a large volume of documents
  • undertake ongoing personal training
  • attend meetings for local, regional and State groups and organisations.

The Know your Council website provides information as to how Strathbogi Shire Council performed last year and also provides more information about how councils operate.
www.knowyourcouncil.vic.gov.au

 

Being a candidate - helpful toolkits

The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) has prepared a toolkit for candidates. It provides useful information about the role of local government and what it means to be a councillor.

https://www.vlga.org.au/sites/default/files/Your%20Campaign%20Toolkit%20-%20April%202020.pdf

It is important that our Council is representative of our community. The VLGA has also prepared a candidate resource kit for women to help achieve greater diversity across the State:

https://www.vlga.org.au/sites/default/files/200428%20A5%20-%20your%20campaign%20toolkit.pdf

 

Local Women Leading Change Workshops

Local Women Leading Change is running a series of online workshops to support women to run for election.

Visit the VLGA website for more information and to register.

 

Need to update your voting enrolment details?

If you have moved home recently and haven't yet updated your enrolment details, the VEC have an online form to help you check where you are currently enrolled and to advise how to update your details - just click this link  https://enrolment.vec.vic.gov.au/

 

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kylie.dowell@strathbogie.vic.gov.au (Kylie Dowell) Site Tue, 30 Jun 2020 04:56:29 +1000
Council meeting cancelled and rescheduled https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1657-council-meeting-cancelled-and-rescheduled-as-councillors-act-on-community-feedback https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1657-council-meeting-cancelled-and-rescheduled-as-councillors-act-on-community-feedback

The Chief Executive Officer of Strathbogie Shire Council has cancelled and rescheduled the Council meeting planned for Tuesday, June 30 to allow Councillors more time to carefully consider community feedback on the 2020/21 Draft Budget.

Chief Executive Officer Julie Salomon said the power to do this was provided under clause 20 of the Strathbogie Shire Council Meetings Procedures Local Law No 1.

“Councillors have asked for more time to carefully consider the feedback provided by the community during the public engagement process,” Ms Salomon said.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Councillor Amanda McClaren assured the community it was not an easy decision and said more time was needed to act on the community’s clear messages.

“We have heard that our community needs support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” Cr McClaren said.

“Council is also acting on their calls to prioritise essential capital works and look at ways to redirect funding into community revitalisation.

“We know they also want us to be financially responsible.”

She said the community had asked Council to be open and transparent and this is what Councillors were doing today.

“We’re being honest about the need for more time to deliver on our community’s feedback,” she said.

“The meeting will still be within the Local Government legislative requirements as the State Government granted an extension until 31 August 2020 due to the impacts of COVID-19.”

The meeting to consider the Draft Budget will now be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, from 5pm in the Conference Centre, 109A Binney Street, Euroa and livestreamed through Council’s website at www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au.

See the Engagement Report, which provides a summary of the feedback, here.

 

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kristin.favaloro@strathbogie.vic.gov.au (Kristin Favaloro) Latest News Sun, 28 Jun 2020 19:54:54 +1000
Have your say on these updated policies and documents https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1656-have-your-say-on-these-updated-policies-and-documents https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1656-have-your-say-on-these-updated-policies-and-documents

Have your say on these updated policies and documents

Strathbogie Shire Council is urging locals to review and provide feedback on a series of updated policies and documents.

The new and revised policies and documents have been developed in response to the approval of the new Local Government Act 2020.

Executive Manager Governance and Customer Service Dawn Bray urged the community to download a copy of the new policies and provide its thoughts by visiting the Have Your Say section of Council’s website.

The following draft policies are now open for feedback:

  • Draft Public Transparency Policy 2020. This seeks to implement the Act’s public transparency principles and ensure Council’s decision making is transparent and as much of the information we hold as possible is accessible to the community.
  • Updated Council Expenses Policy 2020. Minor changes have been made to the existing policy, which ensures expenditure on and by Councillors is clearly linked to them undertaking their public duties. It also ensures public transparency around the reimbursement of expenses through quarterly reporting.
  • Public Interest Disclosures Policy 2020. This new policy reflects changes to the State ‘whistleblower’ legislation and aims to encourage people to raise concerns about the conduct of our staff and Councillors in a confidential way that protects the privacy and welfare of all concerned in the issue.
  • Audit and Risk Committee Charter 2020. The current Audit Committee must be disbanded and a new Committee created under a new Charter. This Charter clearly identifies the extended role of the Committee as a corporate ‘watchdog’ and the composition of its members.

 

Copies of all these documents are available by either clicking on the ‘Have Your Say’ button on the home page of Council’s website or phoning our Customer Service team on 1800 065 993 to request either a hard or email copy to be sent to you.

Feedback closes at 5pm on Tuesday, July 14 2020. Feedback must be provide in writing by:

For more information phone 1800 065 993 and ask to speak to Dawn Bray.

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kylie.dowell@strathbogie.vic.gov.au (Kylie Dowell) Latest News Thu, 25 Jun 2020 06:47:25 +1000
Have your say on our draft plans and documents https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/plans-policies-strategies-a-reports/1655-have-your-say-on-our-draft-plans-and-documents https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/plans-policies-strategies-a-reports/1655-have-your-say-on-our-draft-plans-and-documents

 

Strathbogie Shire Council has updated a series of policies and documents in response to the approval of the new Local Government Act 2020.

We are now seeking feedback from the community on the following draft policies:

  • Draft Public Transparency Policy 2020. This seeks to implement the Act’s public transparency principles and ensure Council’s decision making is transparent and as much of the information we hold as possible is accessible to the community.
  • Updated Council Expenses Policy 2020. Minor changes have been made to the existing policy, which ensures expenditure on and by Councillors is clearly linked to them undertaking their public duties. It also ensures public transparency around the reimbursement of expenses through quarterly reporting.
  • Public Interest Disclosures Policy 2020. This new policy reflects changes to the State ‘whistleblower’ legislation and aims to encourage people to raise concerns about the conduct of our staff and Councillors in a confidential way that protects the privacy and welfare of all concerned in the issue.
  • Audit and Risk Committee Charter 2020. The current Audit Committee must be disbanded and a new Committee created under a new Charter. This Charter clearly identifies the extended role of the Committee as a corporate ‘watchdog’ and the composition of its members.

 

Feedback closes at 5pm on Tuesday, July 14 2020 and must be provided in writing by:

For more information phone 1800 065 993 and ask to speak to Dawn Bray.


 

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kylie.dowell@strathbogie.vic.gov.au (Kylie Dowell) Plans, Policies, Strategies & Reports Thu, 25 Jun 2020 06:27:53 +1000
Have your say https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/81-council/1654-have-your-say https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/81-council/1654-have-your-say

Have your say

Strathbogie Shire Council is now seeking feedback on the following:

Simply click on the links above for more information and to find out how to share your thoughts and advice.

We thank you for your interested and look forward to receiving your feedback.


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kylie.dowell@strathbogie.vic.gov.au (Kylie Dowell) Council Thu, 25 Jun 2020 06:23:56 +1000
Action on the Friendlies Pedestrian Bridge https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1652-action-on-the-friendlies-pedestrian-bridge https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1652-action-on-the-friendlies-pedestrian-bridge

Crossing the Seven Creeks from the Friendlies to Memorial ovals is about to get a lot easier.

Work on the Friendlies Pedestrian Bridge, near Gobur St in Euroa is starting this week.

The $395,000 project is funded by Strathbogie Shire Council and the Victorian Government.

It’s a long-awaited project for Strathbogie Shire residents and comes after strong lobbying from Council and the community.

“This is a huge win for the Euroa community,” Cr John Mason said.

“It comes after years of lobbying from locals who now have to go the ‘long-way-round’ or balance across an old log to cross the creek.”

Cr Mick Williams said the new bridge would link key sporting facilities in the town and create new pathways for events like the Euroa Parkrun.

“The new pedestrian bridge will provide another crossing along the 6.8km-long Seven Creeks walking track,” Cr Williams said.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren thanked the Victorian Government for committing funding to the project.

“Projects such as the Friendlies Pedestrian Bridge continue to expand the connectivity of our tracks and trails, further encouraging our community to get out and enjoy our beautiful Shire environment, Cr McClaren said.

Council will keep the community updated as the project progresses.

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kristin.favaloro@strathbogie.vic.gov.au (Kristin Favaloro) Latest News Thu, 18 Jun 2020 03:55:06 +1000
Sign up to get your rates notices via email https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1651-sign-up-to-get-your-rates-notices-via-email https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/news-a-newsletters/latest-news/1651-sign-up-to-get-your-rates-notices-via-email

Ratepayers in Strathbogie Shire can now receive their rates via email.

By signing up to the Shire’s eNotices web portal, ratepayers can also access past and present rate notices.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren encouraged ratepayers to sign up.

“There are many benefits to signing up to our eNotices web portal,” Cr McClaren said.

“The web portal allows you to access past and present rate notices, it’s eco-friendly and it saves us in postage costs.”

And, she said the process was simple.

“Grab a copy of your rates notice, you’ll need this because you need your reference number, and go to strathbogie.enotices.com.au,” she said.

This will take you to the webportal where you click on ‘sign up’ tab.

“Complete the form, which includes your email address and the reference number, and you’re right to go,” Cr McClaren said.

Ratepayers who need help to sign up can phone our Customer Service team or the Rates Department on 1800 065 993.

 

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kristin.favaloro@strathbogie.vic.gov.au (Kristin Favaloro) Latest News Wed, 17 Jun 2020 03:23:05 +1000
Help shape the growth of Nagambie https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/development/strategic-planning/1649-help-shape-the-growth-of-nagambie https://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/development/strategic-planning/1649-help-shape-the-growth-of-nagambie

Help create a vision for the Nagambie Growth Management Strategy 2020

While speaking to the community about the Draft Nagambie Growth Management Strategy 2020, we heard the vision needed a bit of work.

So we're now asking the community to share its thoughts on our lakeside town and what makes it a great place to live, work, stay and play.

You can have your say by heading to our Facebook page @StrathbogieShireCouncil or you can complete this survey.

 

Nagambie Growth Management Strategy 2020

 

We're revising the Nagambie Growth Management Strategy to ensure we consider the many changes that have occurred since its development in 2008.

Perhaps the biggest change being a population growth of 2.9 per cent over the past 15 years, which is higher than the Victorian average!

With Nagambie expected to continue experiencing moderate growth, we need to ensure our township's existing character is retained.

All this while supporting the required economic growth and the provision of appropriate community and social infrastructure.

The Nagambie Growth Management Strategy (2020) aims to address these issues and ensure the town copes with - and capitalises - on the opportunities presented by growth.

The strategy informs suitable growth areas for residential and industrial development, coordinates growth and infrastructure, identifies key strategic sites and establishes a high-level implementation plan for Nagambie.

It sets out scale and direction of development in the town to meet the future needs of the Nagambie community.

The revision of the strategy is being led by Council, with assistance from Ricardo Energy, Environment and Planning.

The revised strategy's main aims are:

  • To plan housing for a population of about 4,000 people over the next 15 years.
  • To locate housing that maximises existing services and facilities, can be serviced, and does not impact on areas to be protected.
  • To manage the growth of the town in a way that takes the best of its present character, respects its attractive landscape and lakeside setting, and produces an attractive, coherent future built form.

Download a copy of the Nagambie Growth Management Strategy (2020) here

Download a copy of the presentation provided at the Nagambie Growth Management Strategy (2020) Webinar here

Click here to go to our online mapping tool

Feedback is now closed, but we are still asking the community to have a say on a vision for the Strategy (see above). 

 

 

 

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kylie.dowell@strathbogie.vic.gov.au (Kylie Dowell) Strategic Planning Tue, 09 Jun 2020 05:48:14 +1000