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New Local Government Act to improve our councils

The Victorian State Government will modernise Victoria’s local councils with new laws to lift standards of governance and make councillors more accountable to the ratepayers they represent.

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$3m road funding rollout
Mildura Council are rolling out $3 million worth of road safety measures in the next 18 months with an aim to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians.
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Pressing on for progress
Yarra Ranges Council will host Pressing for Progress on 22 March, bringing local women together to develop a vision and actions to press for progress! This year's International Women's Day celebration, on 8 March, will focus on the Press for Progress theme, which asks individuals around the world to commit to a "gender parity mindset".
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Benalla Concrete Investment Thrills

Benalla will be the home of Victoria’s largest precast concrete manufacturing facility, which will provide 400 jobs and a massive boost to the local economy.

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Queen's Baton Relay comes to Hobsons Bay

Hobsons Bay will play host to the Queen’s Baton Relay on Saturday 10 February as the Baton makes its way to the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on April 4.

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Largest Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) in Australia

In a first for Australia, Strathmerton company Booth Transport is using worms to purify water, and the project is expected to create 77 jobs in Moira Shire.

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Geelong’s Own Solar Revolution

Geelong residents and businesses are embracing the solar revolution in their thousands. They are well-supported both by the City of Greater Geelong and passionate local people.

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Councils consider western pound facility

Six western suburbs councils are exploring the possibility of establishing a western regional animal pound.

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Hepburn's towards zero grants open for carbon reduction

Hepburn Shire Council’s Towards Zero - Community Energy Saving Program grants are now open.  This funding is to support community projects that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in community facilities.

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Making Councils More Accountable And Transparent

The Victorian State Government is making councils more transparent and accountable, with more information available to residents and more decisions made in open council meetings – enabling proper public scrutiny.

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Altona library to get a facelift

Altona Library first opened in 1965, was extended in 1991, celebrated its 50th birthday in 2015 and now it’s time for an upgrade. Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Sandra Wilson said 2018 would see the much-loved community asset receive a facelift.

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Productivity Commission calls for better Local Government reporting

The Productivity Commission says states and territories should require ‘more meaningful’ performance reporting from local government, pointing to Victoria’s 'Know Your Council' reporting framework as a possible model for adoption.

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Hobsons Bay Council here to help

Hobsons Bay City Council is raising awareness of local services and programs to help those in the community experiencing hardship.

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Huge task for Ballarat City

Six priority projects across the municipality have been announced ahead of a Ballarat City Council lobbying effort for state government support.

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Local Government Women's Association conference a hit in Warrnambool

The 2017 Australian Local Government Women’s Association conference was held in Warrnambool across the weekend, kicking off on Friday evening with a cocktail dinner.

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Pushing for East Grampians water pipeline

Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville has received the final business case for the East Grampians Water Supply pipeline.

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Hobsons Bay solar power saving energy for locals

Hobsons Bay City Council is again running its Positive Charge campaign, helping residents install solar panels, through a reputable supplier, at a great price.

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Disaster planning praised by SES

Ararat Rural City’s new emergency management plan has been praised by the State Emergency Services following an audit.

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Work on new Armstrong Creek sports pavilion has begun

Work on the new Armstrong Creek sports pavilion began on Saturday with the Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney officially breaking ground at the site.

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Alcoa reveals plan for deserted smelter at Geelong’s Point Henry

Alcoa's draft vision for its prime Point Henry land proposes recreational, environmental and residential uses strongly focused on reconnecting the historic site with Geelong.

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Pooling your good ideas

A pool of community ideas and feedback will help Shepparton’s premier recreation facility surge ahead for years to come.

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Free parking will lift trade for Frankston - MP

Free all-day parking in central Frankston is being pushed as a way to encourage shoppers to support local traders and businesses.

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Murphy Creek bridge to be replaced

Loddon Shire Council welcomes today’s announcement that it will receive $350,000 from the Commonwealth Government under the Bridges Renewal Program.

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Public to access council audio

The public can access audio of Northern Grampians Shire Council meetings. Recordings of all ordinary and special council meetings will be available for download from the council’s website.

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Greater Bendigo Council coffers ‘healthy’

The City of Greater Bendigo says it coffers are in a relatively healthy position, as it recorded an overall cash deficit of almost $130,000 in the 2016-17 fiscal year.

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Big tourism overhaul

An expert taskforce to fast-track projects that attract visitors to the Great Ocean Road (GOR) has been established by the state government.The taskforce will for the first time bring together key agencies responsible for the road.

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Panel called to decide terminal issue

A NEW ferry terminal at Sorrento has come a step closer to fruition following Mornington Peninsula Shire’s request for an independent panel to consider a planning scheme amendment for the project to go ahead.

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Maffra main street and surrounds to receive a facelift

Maffra’s streetscape will receive a $2.25 million facelift from Wellington Shire Council.

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Campaspe Shire pours millions into our road network

Campaspe Shire will spend $15.4 million this year in maintaining and upgrading its road network.

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Geelong council lands swap opens door to new housing estate at Indented Head

A land swap between the Geelong council and a developer has paved the way for a major expansion of a Bellarine Peninsula town.

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Gannawarra's Solar program ‘Ganna save money'

Pensioners in Gannawarra Shire can save some money on their electricity bill with help available to install solar.

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Monitors To Guide Geelong’s New Council

The State Government has appointed two municipal monitors to help restore good governance for the people of Geelong.

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Warrnambool council move for green organics recycling

A trial recycling program for food and garden organics is among the new initiatives proposed by Warrnambool City Council in a draft resource recovery program.

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Grampians cycle strategy

A new 10-year master plan could turn the Grampians region into a premier tourism destination for cycling.

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Moorabool set to spend on two major events

Moorabool Shire councillors are being advised to throw financial support behind two of the municipality’s biggest events at this week’s general meeting.

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State government to launch community consultation for GovHub development

The state government will be looking for input from Ballarat residents and business leaders as it prepares to embark on construction of the $47.8 million GovHub.

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Indigo chief takes new role

Indigo Council chief executive Gerry Smith has resigned from his role to take up a new job with the Victorian government.

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Council applies for $7.6m in State Government Fund

The City of Whittlesea will apply for funding five community projects totalling $7.65 million in the latest round of the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

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New housing development for Cobram

Moira Shire Council approved a number of projects at its ordinary meeting last Wednesday night at Cobram Civic Centre, two of which were quite significant for Cobram and district.

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Regional Cities Victoria annual forum

Road safety and population growth were among the topics that sparked discussions among leaders of the state’s 10 largest regional cities.

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Renewables auction

Central Highlands renewable energy providers stand to be among the biggest winners from the state government’s plans to boost the renewable energy target.

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State monitor appointed to Ararat Rural City Council

The State government has appointed a municipal monitor to work with Ararat Rural City Council.

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Renewables auction

Central Highlands renewable energy providers stand to be among the biggest winners from the state government’s plans to boost the renewable energy target.

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Council pitches plan

Turning Mildura’s old railway sheds into an “urban lifestyle” precinct will be the guiding force behind stage two of its riverfront redevelopment.

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Cash to keep Moira's kids active

Moira Shire is encouraging kids to get out of the car and onto their feet by walking to school this October.

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Council plan to cut carbon

A new plan will help Hepburn Shire achieve a target of zero carbon emissions over the next four years.

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Daylesford tourism partners strong

Hepburn Shire Council will continue to promote tourism and economic development in the shire following a renewed partnership with the region’s peak tourism board.

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Ballarat City Council gives green light to 2017-2021 Action Plan

A plan to transform Ballarat’s CBD over the next four years was given the green light from Ballarat City council at a meeting last light.

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Growth pains hit city

Maternity childcare and kindergarten services are under pressure in Victoria due to rapid population growth, a new report has found.

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Tunnel ‘compo’ to fund river fix

The state government should chip in the $12.5 million needed to revitalise the Maribyrnong River to offset the impact of the proposed West Gate Tunnel Project, according to Maribyrnong council.

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More Bells land saved

Surf Coast Shire has moved to increase protection for iconic surf mecca Bells Beach.

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Don't discount local government's role

Local government plays a pivotal role in providing services on behalf of state and federal governments.

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Council leads charge in road study

Corangamite Shire Council is set to join with a number of other councils and groups to devise a plan to better prioritise upgrades of the region's road and bridge infrastructure.

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Solar future at Wunghnu

A solar future is on the cards for Wunghnu after French renewable energy powerhouse Neoen brought its ambitious energy proposal to Moira Shire Council.

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Cash call for start to major projects

TWO major Sunbury projects have been prioritised as part of a submission from Hume Council for a share in the $50 million State Government Growing Suburbs Fund.

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CCTV plan puts focus on safety

Closed circuit television cameras could be popping up on streets around Whittlesea following the adoption of a CCTV policy by the council.

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Spotlight on gender stereotypes

HARMFUL gender stereotypes are the target of a new Darebin Council campaign to reduce family violence.

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Stonnington feels the big squeeze

Stonnington's population has skyrocketed in the past decade, with new figures showing the municipality has one of the biggest population densities in the state.

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Ballarat's walk and ride an Action Plan focus

Ballarat residents will be encouraged to leave the car at home as part of the Ballarat City Council’s ambitious plan to transform the city’s CBD.

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Wyndham's Riverwalk development

WITH the population predicted to almost double in Melbourne’s west in the next 20 years, new communities such as Riverwalk, in Werribee, are providing residents with an enviable lifestyle in a thriving growth corridor, plus access to affordable housing options.

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Geelong Library cafe set to open

A long-awaited addition to Geelong’s centrepiece library is set to open within weeks.

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Positive Hindmarsh projects boost local communities

A number of exciting events around Hindmarsh Shire help me remain positive despite being extremely disappointed that again our funding applications have been rejected by the federal government

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Hepburn adopts towards zero emissions roadmap and will make the “TAKE2” pledge

At its last council meeting, Hepburn Shire Council adopted the Towards Zero Emissions Roadmap (TZRM) and committed to making the TAKE2 pledge.

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Hepburn partners with solar savers to help pensioners install solar

Hepburn Shire is pleased to introduce a new program that is helping pensioner households in Hepburn Shire to install solar with no upfront costs.

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Rules to protect town's character

Tighter design and development rules are planned for the commercial heart of Sorrento - mainly along Ocean Beach Rd.

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The buck stops here

The Shire rates incentive scheme, dubbed “Buloke Bucks” will not be offered in 2017-’18.

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$500,000 for tourism plan

The State Government has announced a major funding boost.

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Council vote is big business

In just over two months ratepayers will vote to elect the new City of Greater Geelong council.

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Keep on recycling - please

Yarra Ranges Council has moved to reassure residents that their efforts to recycle are not in vain, and is urging them to keep recycling.

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Paving way for dairy

The region’s dairy industry will be given a smoother ride thanks to a new study aimed at identifying where road funding is needed most.

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Dimboola plan forges on

Dimboola residents and businesses have backed plans to turn the vacant former Dimboola Hotel site into a function centre and restaurant.

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Hobsons Bay moving in the right direction on transport

Hobsons Bay City Council is working towards a more integrated, innovative and equitable transport system with the release of the draft Hobsons Bay Integrated Transport Plan 2017-30 for public comment.

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Big step for improved livability in Beaufort

Smoother walking and cycling paths will soon better connect Beaufort in a bid to promote livability and tourism.

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City makes case for affordable housing at East Melbourne hospital site

City planners have called for affordable housing to be included in planning rules for the old Peter MacCallum hospital on the edge of the Melbourne CBD, now a $100 million redevelopment opportunity.

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Mount Alexander council contracts workshop

Local business operators are invited to come along to a free workshop to learn how to be considered for the supply of goods or services and contracts with Mount Alexander Shire Council.

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A good time to stop the junk

Mildura residents can expect a closer eye on local pollution problems under a new pilot program being rolled out to the area.

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Wodonga numbers at city's industrial showpiece to double by 2022

Jobs at the Logic industrial hub will double to 2000 in the next three to five years, Wodonga’s mayor predicts.

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From ‘primitive’ to planning for change at Bendigo's QEO

Plans for new facilities at one of Bendigo’s premier sports venues are progressing, a year after the netball community called for action.

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Bridge moves ahead

While plans for the Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge progress slowly and Yarrawonga residents wait to vote in the Moira Shire Council plebiscite, a contractor has been named for the first stage of the Echuca-Moama bridge project.

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Tower Hill's new focus

A new group has formed with the aim of directing some much-needed attention and investment toward Tower Hill.

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White Night 12-hour arts fest returns to Ballarat next March

Ballarat's all-night arts party White Night will return following the success of the inaugural regional event last March.

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App plan to ease traffic pain

A traffic app that could divert Wyndham drivers away from roadworks could become a boon for residents.

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Green light for Mossfiel works

Mossfiel Reserve is one step closer to getting a new pavilion.

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Kyneton primary school master plan mapped out

Future plans for the Kyneton Primary School site are a step closer. The state government last week announced it was putting $65,000 towards developing a master plan for the Baynton Street site.

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St Arnaud wind farm

A new wind farm near St Arnaud has been given the green light.

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Gisborne roadworks upgrade

Gisborne's commercial hub has received a boost with $367,000 in streetworks completed.

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Subury population set to boom

Subury's population has surged past 40,000, with 18 per cent more people calling the town home in the past 10 years.

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Residents to have say on land purchase in Healesville

The open space colloquially known as ‘Healesville Green’ is up for sale and Yarra Ranges Council wants residents to have a say on whether council should buy it.

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Moreland turns to Hydrogen for waste trucks

Moreland's fleet of garbage trucks will run on 100 per cent renewable and sustainable hydrogen under an Australia-first pilot project announced on Saturday.

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Gannawarra road works to support farming and agriculture

A road project ridiculed by some neighbouring Lake Charm landowners is justified because it will accommodate a major agricultural development, according to Gannawarra Shire Council.

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Moira tackles CSS results in context of its new plan

Moira Shire Council says its new council plan is a road map for tackling the challenges highlighted by the release of the 2017 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey.

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Brimbank Mayor Hedditch says budget 'sets the bar high'

Sports, festivals and infrastructure are the big winners in the 2017-18 Brimbank council budget.

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Mildura Arts Centre moves ahead

Mildura Arts Centre (MAC) has received a major financial boost this week after receiving $200,000 in Federal Government funding.

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Wellington Shire's surplus healthy
Wellington Shire Council is likely to record a $27.1 million surplus for the 2016-17 financial year.
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Buloke Lakes get revamp

The Buloke Shire Council will receive $735,000 of Federal Government funding to upgrade and rejuvenate a number of recreational lakes in the Council area under the Federal Governments Building Better Regions Fund.

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Queenscliffe community satisfaction

Council is very excited to see such a strong performance across our results in the 2017, the first set of service survey results for the new Council.

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Mitchell Libraries funding lauded

Libraries in Mitchell Shire are almost $300000 better off, thanks to funding announced last week by the Victorian Government.

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Vision for Warrnambool is released

In April Warrnambool City Council started a community conversation about the aspirations and expectations for Warrnambool as a place to live, work and play over the next 20 years.

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Lake upgrades in Buloke

Three lakes in the Buloke Shire Council will be rejuvenated and have facilities upgraded thanks to a funding announcement on Wedensday.

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Campaspe to get active in October

Campaspe Shire children and families are encouraged to get active this October by taking part in VicHealth’s Walk to School program.

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Romsey streetscape works in Macedon

The Romsey town streetscape will receive upgrades to infrastructure to improve the attractiveness and accessibility of the town precinct which will also aim to create opportunities for local employment and stimulate business growth.

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Benalla funds to support Great Victorian Bike Ride

The Benalla Rural City Council has approved funds to bring the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride to Benalla with plans for the city to host the finishing stage in early December.

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Moorabbin Little Athletics gets upgrade in Bayside
Young athletes from Moorabbin’s Little Athletics Club are getting ready to run on a new track.
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Towong extends library hours

Responding to survey feedback, Towong Shire will extend opening hours at Tallangatta’s library on a trial basis.

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Feedback sought on farming activity

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is seeking feedback on local farming activities to inform the development of a new strategy that will provide clear direction on landuse planning in the farming zone

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Victory park revamp ahead

One of Castlemaine’s most popular parks will be protected following the adoption of a conservation management plan by Mount Alexander Shire Council.

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Hepburn Shire partnering with the regional centre for culture

Hepburn Shire Council is a proud partner of the 2018 Creative Victoria initiative, the Regional Centre for Culture (RCC). The RCC is a yearlong program celebrating the creative industries and capacity in our region.


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Step closer towards protection of historic lava site

Another step has been taken in the long bureaucratic process that will lead to a formal landscape protection being applied to the Harman's Valley lava flows south of Hamilton.

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Stadium slam dunk

Basketball Ballarat is celebrating a huge victory with confirmation of $10 million in federal funding to complete the full Ballarat Sports and Events Centre vision.

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Gannawarra Health club conditions

Gannawarra Shire Council has approved an application for development of a health club at Cohuna.

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Central Colac upgrade
Colac Otway Shire Council officially launched central Colac’s first major streetscape upgrade in decades yesterday.
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Airmen memorial proposed for Ballarat
A new memorial to thousands of airmen who died in the Second World War has been proposed for Ballarat Airport.
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Local Environment Protection Officer Pilot announcement
Loddon, Buloke, Central Goldfields shire councils will join 10 other councils in a pilot program designed to improve responses to pollution and waste issues.
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Albury Council allocates $20,000 to Albury Wodonga Equestrian Centre master plan

Albury Council has backed the development of a master plan that will ultimately help expand and enhance the city’s equestrian facilities.

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Ballarat City supports art gallery for three more years
The Art Gallery of Ballarat received confirmation of funding to the tune of $1.673 million across three years on Wednesday night.
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New $1.6 million library for Dimboola

Hindmarsh Shire Council adopted its 2017/18 budget last week, which will rely on the successful approval by government to increase the rate cap to four percent.

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New waste disposal methods needed

Looking for alternative streams of waste treatment than landfill ha s become vital according to Corangamite councillor Neil Trotter.

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New town planner pulls on boots for Dimboola reserves
Hindmarsh Shire Council has just employed a new town planning officer, and has moved into the area to perform his duties.
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Horsham and West Wimmera to share HR resources
Two regional municipalities will pool their resources and work together as a way to deal with rate capping.
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Kororoit creek trail unlocks hidden gem of the west

Hobsons Bay City Council, Toyota Australia, the Victorian Government and Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek are proud to announce the opening of the first major section of the Lower Kororoit Creek Trail in Hobsons Bay on Sunday 30 July, coinciding with National Tree Day.

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Helping councils deliver a healthier environment

The Victorian State Government has announced 13 Victorian councils that will take part in a pilot program designed to improve local responses to pollution and waste issues.

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Budget approval scrapes through

Councillors have voted to adopt the 2017-2018 budget – but only just.

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Mitchell Shire's Young leaders sworn in

Thirteen emerging leaders have taken a major step in making a significant difference to their community by becoming Mitchell youth councillors.

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Ararat council approves works for Western Highway

Ararat Rural City Council will support planning for approval to continue work on the Western Highway duplication between Buangor and Ararat.

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Animal attraction boosts Apollo Bay

Planning for a new multi-million-dollar ecotourism attraction near Apollo Bay is set to go ahead, after receiving council approval and more than $500,000 in government support.

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Hindmarsh Shire's Council plan sets targets

Hindmarsh Shire Council has outlined about 80 objectives to help develop the shire and boost economy and business over the next four years.

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Report to damn plastic

Plastic bags are “a very Greater Dandenong problem” and the council is moving to address it.

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Macedon Ranges and the visitor economy
Plans have begun to protect and bolster an industry that brings what is estimated to be more than $450 million in expenditure to the neighbouring Macedon Ranges.
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New CEO for Whittlesea
Simon Overland, once Victoria’s top cop, has been revealed as Whittlesea council’s new chief executive.
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West Sale Airport Masterplan signed off
Wellington Shire Council has updated the master plan for West Sale Airport.
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Progress at Loch Sport
Wellington Shire Council will need to find more money to complete upgrades around a Loch Sport boat ramp.
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Corangmite completes streetworks in Terang
Terang's streetscape has made another step towards completion, with works on the third stage of the project completed last week.
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WILD pushes for female councillors at forthcoming election
A Geelong group dedicated to seeing more women elected to local councils has received a State Government grant  to help their push for greater equality in the region.
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Campaspe hands over Corop Community Centre to the community
The Corop Community Action Group will take ownership of the Corop Community Centre from the Campaspe Shire Council.
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Maternal and Child Heath Service celebrated statewide

A year of celebration – complete with teddy bear picnics and ministerial speeches – is marking the centenary of Victoria’s Maternal and Child Health Service.

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Daylesford Swiss Italian Festa gets lifeline

Daylesford’s Swiss Italian Festa is set to continue for at least the next three years thanks to private and government funding, but organisers say the festival’s long-term future is dependent on continued community support.

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Mt Alexander Shire Council adopts plan for Victory Park
One of Castlemaine’s most popular parks is the subject of a new conservation plan.
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Ballarat City Council wants animal shelter volunteers
Ballarat City Council wants volunteers to help run the city’s animal shelter when the RSPCA’s contract to run it ends on August 31.
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Wellington adopts Early Years Plan
Wellington Shire Council has adopted the Wellington Community Early Years Plan 2017-2021.
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Local Government Energy Saver Fund released

Bendigo Sustainability Group has been named as the host for pilot community power hubs in the region, which aims to improve local capacity for renewable energy.

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Bold plan for sporting facilities in Green Wedge

Kingston Council is driving what it believes is an innovative plan to deliver much-needed sports playing fields in the Green Wedge.

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Casey/Cardinia Homelessness Network formed

Cardinia and Casey councils will join forces to establish a Casey Cardinia Homelessness Network.

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School projects close up

Three schools in the Cardinia region have received funding from the State Government for projects to bring schools and the wider community closer together.

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West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation sets strategic direction

The West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation adopted its four year Library Plan and Annual Budget at a Special Board Meeting on Friday, July 7.

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MP talks priorities with C4G

The Committee for Gippsland held a roundtable discussion in Leongatha on Friday with Eastern Victoria Region MP Labor's Daniel Mulino. to discuss announcements in the Stale Budget and set priorities for next year's budget.

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War on waste declared

Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group Is declaring a war on waste through the release or its plan to better manage the materials we discard in Gippsland over the next 10 years and beyond.

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Feedback required on draft Wellington Access and Inclusion Plan

At its meeting on Tuesday 18 July 2017, Wellington Shire Council approved to release the draft Wellington Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2022 for public feedback.

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Aboriginal Protection Increases

An Aboriginal compliance officer will soon be able to issue improvement notices and 24-hour stop work orders in the shire's north with new funding approved this week.

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Safer Street Plan Takes Another Step

The Birchip Community Forum has been working with VicRoads, local State Government members, the community and Buloke Shire Council for many years to improve the safety and streetscape in Birchip’s Cumming Avenue.

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Bold vision for Geelong

Ours is a passionate and parochial community. We are fiercely loyal and full of views on what is great about our region and what improvements can be made.


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Pyrenees futures project slides into Snake Valley

Pyrenees Shire Council will shortly start work on a framework plan to guide change and development in Snake Valley as part of the Pyrenees Futures project.

 


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Lendlease wins $6bn Metro deal

Listed development and construction giant Lendlease is emerging as a big winner of infrastructure jobs in Victoria with a consortium it heads yesterday awarded the contract to build the $6 billion Metro Tunnel and five new stations.

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Sporting groups get to share a slice of the pies

Collingwood Football Club will open its doors to community sporting groups in a landmark 10-year deal with the City of Melbourne.

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Textiles’ future in danger: report

The textile and clothing manufacturing sector is set to be replaced as Wangaratta’s “defining industry” over the next five years as the city turns its focus to food production and timber.

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Greater Bendigo's plan to improve equity on cards

The City of Greater Bendigo has flagged its intention to develop a strategy to boost gender equity both within the organisation and in the wider community.

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Port of Sale and Wellington Centre Project Update

The $14.53 million redevelopment works are progressing well at the Port of Sale precinct and the new Wellington Centre building which will be home to the Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale Library, Sale Visitor Centre, the new Dock 70 Café, Council chamber and community meeting spaces. The project is on track for completion by the end of the year.

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Leading the way through the crisis
Much work needs to be doneto limit and adapt to climate change. Global engineering and design firm Arup is positioned to lead the way.
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City banks on being green

A $35 MILLION blueprint has been unveiled to create open space in Southbank, including plans for tram tracks running over grass.

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Macedon Ranges targeting zero emissions

A more ambitious emissions reduction target will now be aspired to by Macedon Ranges Shire Council with aims for zero net carbon emissions by 2030-31.

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Push for dredging not seawall at Portsea

BUILDING a seawall at Portsea means the iconic beach will never return, says the man who successfully lobbied the state government to investigate massive erosion that started in 2009 and led to the loss of 400 metres of prime beach.

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Mornington Peninsula Shire to explain planning changes

Tree public meetings are being held to explain changes to state government planning regulations that allow 11 metre high three storey buildings in residential areas across the Mornington Peninsula.

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Baw Baw Shire plans to assist lobbying

Two strategies that set out financial and infrastructure plans for Baw Baw Shire over the next 10 yaers are vital for lobbying for federal and state government funding , according to council.

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WILD welcomes push for female representatives

WILD (Women in Local Democracy) strongly  applauds  the  comments  of former  Geelong  mayor  Barbara Abley and the editorial (GA 10/7) in calling for women candidates for the coming council election.

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Plan helps in planting

Choosing the right landscaping is important for privacy, amenity and security and can make or break a development.

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Buloke Shire's Council plan sets out goals

Buloke Shire Council adopted its Council Plan 2017-2021 at a Special Meeting of Council on June 21, 2017.

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Mount Alexander Shire community satisfaction

THE latest results of an annual local government survey show community satisfaction ratings on local council services have improved signif icant ly across most areas. Mount Alexander Shire Council CEO Darren Fuzzard said it was pleasing to see the score for overall performance at its highest level (58) since the surveys began six years ago.

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New Council Plan to Slash Energy Usage and Cut Costs

Mildura Rural City Council’s draft energy management plan for the coming five years has been released, promising cuts to electricity usage of up to 25 per cent and cost savings of up to $426,000 per year.

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Minister impressed with works

Plans to turn Koondrook into the tourism hub of the region are progressing, with a State Government minister receiving an update on progress.

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Central Highlands Regional Partnership: talks determine priorities

State government representatives and community leaders met to discuss the biggest priorities for six municipalities in the Central Highlands region on Friday.

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Central West waste management plan approved

A new plan has been released to help overhaul green waste management in Hepburn Shire.

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Council plan 2017-21 and 2017-18 budget adopted

ON Tuesday 27 June, Golden Plains Shire Council adopted the Council Plan 2017-21 and 2017- 18 Budget at its Council meeting, following a comprehensive community engagement program.


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Shepparton art museum acquires new work

Shepparton Art Museum director Rebecca Coates was this week pleased to welcome an ‘‘essential, significant’’ work into the SAM Collection.

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Waste plan given the go-ahead
A plan for more efficient waste management in six local government areas across the Goulburn Valley for the next 10 years was approved last week.
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Roads and growth feature in Strathbogie budget

A new program focused on maintenance of rural roads and an innovative push to grow the region are just some of the highlights of Strathbogie Shire Council’s 2017-18 budget and 2017-21 Council Plan, which was officially adopted last week.

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Mansfield Shire Mayor praises process, fervent public reaction

Mansfield Shire Mayor Paul Volkering says that the intense public passion, and the strong criticism council has worn, has been more than welcome during the budget consultation period.

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Kingston Council uniting against problem gambling

A call to join a campaign against problem gambling has been heeded by Kingston Council after councillors agreeing council should sign up as an Alliance for Gambling Reform group partner.

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Mitchell Shire's Public health and Wellbeing plan

Residents across the district are being encouraged to have their say on a new four year plan to help improve health and wellbeing in the municipality.

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Warrnambool's Fun4Kids Festival

Day one of The Standard Fun4Kids is building on a bumper winter school holiday season, Warrnambool’s tourism chief says.

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Greater Shepparton's solar revival

Plans for a second potential large-scale solar farm are being considered for an area near Shepparton, which was at one time known as the ‘Solar City’.

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Hume City Council's spending blueprint

Hume Council has added an extra $240,000 toward projects in its 2017-18 budget after community feedback.

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Extra library funds for Gannawarra

Gannawarra Library Service has been allocated $128,000 to help continue delivering library services to the community.

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East Gippsland rates and charges top $53m

East Gippsland Shire Council has officially adopted the 2017-18 budget, complying with the State Government Fair Go Rates System, which caps the average rate increase to 2.0 per cent.

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Grow West

A former industrial site in Melbourne’s inner west will be turned into a mini suburb with 3000 homes and the promise of 1000 jobs


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City of Melbourne hoardings to be beautified

The appearance of hoardings at construction sites will be improved with the City of Melbourne planning to put artworks on long-term hoardings.

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Fire Awareness Awards nominations now open

Applications for the 2017 Fire Awareness Awards are now open for individuals, community groups and organisations to submit innovative projects that help reduce the incidence and impact of fire in Victoria.  

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Community energy in Wellington

Following on from the hugely successful information session on energy saving in April this year, Wellington Shire Council is hosting another information evening that concentrates on Community Energy.

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Moyne meetings set to go online

Ratepayers in the Moyne Shire will soon be able to access council meetings online.

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Geelong council prepares first heritage strategy

THE Geelong council is preparing its first heritage strategy, as it aims to detail the potential land uses for the Old Geelong Gaol precinct.

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Feedback sought on Towong's future plans

The Towong Shire Council is inviting the community to comment on its Draft 2017-21 Council Plan which was adopted at the June meeting.

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Ballarat tourism deal approved

Visit Ballarat and Ballarat City Council will enter a new general service agreement to continue the city’s top tourism group’s funding for another three years.

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Record library funding to benefit Bairnsdale

The Victorian State Government is spending more money than ever before on Victoria’s public libraries.

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Casey looks to State funds for family violence strategy

The City of Casey Council will take advantage of the State Government’s big spending on family violence prevention as they develop a new family violence strategy.

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Moira Shire gets Government FAST grant

THE Victorian Government is helping several northern Victorian councils with their finances and accounting, through a series of grants and collaborative projects.

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Ballarat City Council sets direction

Ballarat City Council has officially adopted a 2017-18 budget without any change following one month of public consultation.

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Bass Coast Shire backing projects

MORE capital works projects featured in Bass Coast Shire Council's 2017-18 budget following the recent submissions hearing.

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Mitchell Shire outlines health plan

MITCHELL Shire Council has developed a new four-year plan to improve health and wellbeing in the municipality and it wants your input.

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No sign of boredom at hobsons bay libraries

It’s that time of year again, where kids complain of being bored and parents scratch their heads wondering what to do about it.

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Wangaratta Shire adopts draft budget

Wangaratta council is expected to adopt its 2017/18 budget tonight with the balance sheet showing a variance of almost $2 million in capital works since it was tabled in May.

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Farm rates impasse
DRYLAND farmers are expected to continue to press for municipal rating reform if Gannawarra Shire Council proceeds with its proposed incremental move to a standard rating structure for all sectors of the community.
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Partners saddle up across South East

A NEW era of “cooperation” between the state government and councils across Melbourne’s suburbs has been heralded with the formation of six metropolitan partnerships by the government.

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Moyne Shire satisfaction results unveiled

Ratepayers in the Moyne Shire have given the overall performance of their councillors a tick, but the state of the roads remains a major concern.

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Final tick for Greater Shepparton budget, plan

Three roadmap documents — the 2017-18 budget, ratings strategy and new council plan — have been signed off on.

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Mount Alexander Shire Council adopts budget for year ahead

Mount Alexander Shire Council adopted the 2015/2016 Council Budget and Annual Plan at its Ordinary Meeting this week.

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Towong Draft Council Plan on public exhibition

Towong Shire Council’s Draft 2017-21 Council Plan is on public exhibition after being adopted at the June Council meeting.

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council adopts budget

Councillors formally approved Mornington Peninsula Shire’s 2017-18 budget last Tuesday including a two per cent rate increase.

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Baw Baw Shire's Utopia Pet Lodge redevelopment

A pet boarding house in Longwarry North will be redeveloped into a council-operated animal pound.

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Cardinia councillors expenses to go public

Cardinia Shire councillors have voted to publicise their claimed expenses at their monthly meetings in a bid to further improve transparency.

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Sale bypass study

IN a bid to move trucks off Sale roads, the state government will provide $450,000 to examine an alternative truck route.

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Funding to help finances

Moira Shire Council is one of several north-east councils to benefit from Victorian Government funding to help local councils with their finances through a series of grants and collaborative projects.

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Wyndham City Council wins 2017 National Award for Excellence in Local Government

Wyndham City Council was last night presented with the 2017 National Award for Excellence in Local Government, at a gala event in Canberra.

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Boroondara community proposes budget ideas

BOROONDARA councillors have a long list of new ideas from the community to  consider as they mull over the council’s draft budget, set to be considered at a June 26 meeting.

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Maldon streetscape improvements

ABOUT 50 people attended a community meeting on Tuesday night this week to comment on the streetscape improvements proposed for the centre of Maldon.

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Wellington Shire's Community Assistance Grants

Wellington Shire Council is inviting community groups and organisations to apply for a Community Assistance Grant, available for events, projects and facilities until 1 August 2017.

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Wyndham's Armstrong Road works begin

Preliminary works have begun on the $11.5 million extension to Armstrong Road that will connect Greens and Black Forest roads in Wyndham Vale.

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Cardinia's low rate rise and high capital works

A rate rise that met the Sate Government cap of two percent and a record capital works budget of $44.86 million highlight the 2017-2018 budget adopted by Cardinia Shire Council.

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Above-average rating for Loddon Shire Council

Residents in the Loddon Shire have rated Council’s overall performance above the state-wide average in its annual community report card.

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Port Albert works get thumbs up

THE proposed $1 million upgrade to the Port Albert boat and parking facilities has received "positive" feedback, according to a council survey.

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New projects for Corangamite youth leaders

A young leader says a newly elected Corangamite Shire Youth Council is ready to introduce new and exciting projects to the Corangamite Shire in 2017.

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Library maps out four years ahead

Community members have been invited to have their say on the delivery of library services over the next four years, with the Corangamite Regional Library Corporation's draft plan on public display.

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Moira's balance sheet notes strong performance

Moira Shire Council has noted a strong financial performance for the March quarter in a report presented at its May meeting.

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Mountain bikers get all clear

A two-year wait for a permit to clear vegetation from bike trails at Thunder Point is over for the Warrnambool Mountain Bike Club. The club was granted a planning permit last week allowing it to maintain vegetation on the existing trail network.

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Council's patrol on footpath

Greater Geelong Council staff on quad bikes will be out on the streets from today, looking at the state of the city’s footpaths.

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Alcoa coal mine site set for transformation

The Alcoa coal mine could be transformed into a mountain bike mecca, with the mining and industrial giant releasing its official rehabilitation plan yesterday for the Anglesea site.

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Campaspe adopts budget for 2017-18

Campaspe Shire Council has adopted its 2017-21 Council Plan and the 2017-18 budget.

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Have your say on roads

VicRoads are ‘talking’ with local communities as to how roads can be planned better, built and managed better over the 19,000 kms of country arterial roads.

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Loddon residents content: Survey

Ratepayers in the Loddon Shire Council remain satisfied with their council’s performance, but the perceptions of its older demographics were a concern, results of a community survey have revealed.

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Wellington Shire residents are more satisfied

The Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey results are in and Wellington Shire Council is delighted that the results are showing that Council is performing better than other large rural Council’s.

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Emerald to Gembrook trail cash boost

The proposed Emerald to Gembrook Trail has taken another major step forward, with Cardinia Shire Council committing $2.2 million to help bring the project to life.

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Annadale interim community facility

Mickleham families now have maternal and childhealth services and a preschool at a new community centre.

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Brimbank annual budget and council plan

Brimbank Council has endorsed the draft Annual Budget 2017-2018 and Council Plan 2017–2021 for public consultation – your feedback is now invited.

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Brimbank Community Grants Program 2017/2018

The Brimbank Community Grants Program provides one off financial assistance to not-for-profit organisations that deliver services/activities that support and improve the community's health and wellbeing, life-long learning and build capacity through partnerships and networks.

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Brimbank refugee week - Community welcome dinner

Celebrate diversity and make new friends with a Community Welcome Dinner during Brimbank Refugee Week, 18-24 June 2017.

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Above-average rating for Loddon Shire Council

Residents in the Loddon Shire have rated Council’s overall performance above the state-wide average in its annual community report card.

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Wellington Shire 2017/18 Budget and 2017-2021 Council Plan adopted

At its Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 6 June 2017, Wellington Shire adopted the 2017/18 Budget and 2017-2021 Council Plan.

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Greater Shepparton boss drives road safety message

City of Greater Shepparton’s boss drove the region’s highest priority road improvements and the safety of the region’s arterial road network in a recent sit-down with Vic- Roads executives.

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Mount Alexander residents have say on draft budget

Mount Alexander Shire Council has had a strong response from its residents regarding the proposed budget and four-year council plan.

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Greater Bendigo's road to recovery

The City of Greater Bendigo is winning back its ratepayers after a disappointing year in 2016, results from the Local Government Community Satisfaction survey show. 

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Brodribb boat facility needs your feedback

An information session to show the community draft plans for the Brodribb River boating facility upgrade will be held in Marlo next week.

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Hall's new lease of life

A $400 000 overhaul of Avenel’s historic memorial hall has started and is expected to be completed by November.

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Murrindindi's promise to the community

AS part of the four objectives Murrindindi Shire Council is working toward, ‘Our Promise’ will be a focus for them now and into the future.

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Cardinia's historic low rate rise approved

Cardinia Shire Council has formally adopted its 2017-18 budget, featuring the lowest rate increase in the shire’s history.


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Focused on Buninyong's strengths

Buninyong community members and businesses will focus on the town’s greatest strengths when they meet to discuss planning for the town’s future.

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Yarriambiack rate rise one of state's lowest

YARRIAMBIACK Shire Council Mayor Graeme Massey said that Council had determined a 2.0% general rate increase for the 2017/2018 financial year and had spent a significant amount of time and effort in what was a very thorough and challenging process.

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Call for the community to guide Port Campbell revitalisation

Better car parking, new picnic or barbecue areas and better pedestrian links are among the ideas to revitalise Port Campbell. Up to $9 million will be spent on the Port Campbell Town Centre Project to update the town centre and foreshore areas.

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Kingston's push to shore up bay trail

Kingston Council will push ahead with plans to build the bay trail’s missing link despite attempts to halt action until June.

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Back to community projects

Better infrastructure presents a leadership challenge and an opportunity, for everyone: all levels of government, business, academia, community leaders, and the “do-it-yourself” protagonists.

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Ballarat Residents to have their say

Ballarat City Council will host drop in sessions to discuss the municipality’s 2017-18 draft budget with community members on June 5.The budget and the draft council plan 2017-2021 are both available for comment.

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Historic low rate rise approved in Cardinia

Cardinia Shire Council has formally adopted its 2017-18 budget, featuring the lowest rate increase in the shire’s history.

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Warrnambool special charge scheme policy

Residents are encouraged to have their say on Warrnambool City Council’s draft special charge scheme policy.

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2017 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey

Victorian Councils are good at delivering services such as libraries and waste management, but could improve on road maintenance, according to results of a new state-wide survey released today.

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Shame in outing eateries in Knox

Knox councillors are pushing on with a move to publish photos of filthy food outlets, but it will have to get the law changed to do so.

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Rate exemption for Pyrenees Shire

The Pyrenees Shire has become the !rst local government throughout the state to be granted an exemption to the two per cent rate cap for its 2017/18 budget.

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Car ban for key city precinct

CARS will be banned from a key section of Elizabeth St by October.

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Funds to fix deadly roads

Station street, the notoriously dangerous and deadly stretch of road that runs through Lalor and Thomastown, will finally be made safer.

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All eyes on Broadmeadows

Broadmeadows MP Frank McGuire believes the suburb can become a “postcode of hope” aer the state government appointed a board to guide Broadmeadows’ revitalisation.

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Sustainability program eases local government financial pressures
A SUSTAINABILITY program to help rural councils respond to fi nancial pressures has been announced by the state government.
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Wellington Councillors to examine budget submissions

WELLINGTON Shire Council received 11 written submissions for its draft 2017-18 budget. They will be formally received by council during a special meeting today from 3pm. Council resolved to advertise the draft budget in April, paving the way for submissions to be made.

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Greening Melbourne on high

Melbourne Town Hall has unveiled a bold plan to transform the city's skyline, turning many more of the CBD rooftops into green havens.

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No boycott plans for Ararat's farmers

With changes for property rates in the works, Ararat Regional Business Association is calling for the community to consider the long-term impact for the community, particularly local businesses.

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VAGO - Public Participation and Community Engagement: Local Government Sector

The local government sector is a significant part of the Victorian economy—the state’s 79 local councils employ over 50 000 people, spend around $7 billion on service delivery and $2 billion on infrastructure annually, and manage over $70 billion in public assets. Councils make decisions about a diverse range of community needs, such as recreational facilities, planning and waste disposal. To cater for these needs, transparent and well-managed public participation can help to better inform local government policies and their translation into effective strategies, programs and projects.

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VAGO - Public Participation in Government Decision-Making

Public participation is the involvement of those affected by a decision in the decision-making process. In Australia and overseas, there is growing recognition of the value of public participation as an essential part of planning projects and making decisions.

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2017 National Awards for Local Government

Federal Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash recently announced the 2017 National Awards for Local Government Category Winners.

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Yarra Ranges Grants still up for grabs

Around $130,000 in small grants funding is still available for Yarra Ranges communities before the end of this financial year.

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Catchment Management Authority - Board Member expressions of interest

The Victorian State Government is seeking expressions of interest for prospective board members for the Victorian Catchment Management Authority.

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Victorian Ombudsmans - Investigation into the transparency of local government decision making

The Victorian Ombudsman recently conducted an investigation into the transparency of local government decision making, reflecting a pattern of complaints to the Ombudsman on this issue.

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Victorian Auditor - General's Office - Local Government: 2015–16 Audit Snapshot

VAGO's Local Government: 2015–16 Audit Snapshot details matters arising from the 2015–16 financial and performance report audits of the 79 councils, 11 regional library corporations and 14 associated entities.

 


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Greater Geelong helping their community in 126 ways

The City of Greater Geelong provide their community with a range of diverse services. From roads to rubbish, and everything in between.

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Local Government News
Local Government Finance and Accounting Support Team FAST

The recently launched Local Government Finance and Accounting Support Team (FAST) program has been established to deliver targeted support to councils in need of specialist financial and accounting assistance, particularly to rural and regional councils.

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Victorian aboriginal and local government action plan

Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins, last week released the Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Action Plan.

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Roundtable talks on gender equity

The Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins recently hosted the inaugural Local Government Ministerial Women's Roundtable.

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Victorian aboriginal local government action plan

The final phase of consultation for the Victorian Aboriginal Local Government Action Plan has begun. The plan aims to help councils and Aboriginal communities work together to improve engagement, partnership and employment opportunities.

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Local Government News
Fair go rates

The Fair Go Rates system was implemented across the state on 1 July 2016.

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Collaborating councils

Benalla Rural City council are leading a group of 9 councils in the Hume region to regionalise their landfill needs. Local Government Victoria are supporting a business to expand the existing Benalla landfill site to serve the greater region to reduce costs and improve services.

Benalla Shire council's budget supports project.

Benalla Shire Council passes budget 

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Victoria's social cohesion and the resilience of its communities

In May 2015 the Hon Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria, established the Social Cohesion and Community Resilience Taskforce to adopt a whole-of-government and whole-of-community evidence based approach to address social cohesion, community resilience, marginalisation and to prevent violent extremism.

The Community Resilience Unit has been formed to support the Taskforce.

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Resilient Melbourne

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world prepare to meet the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

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Climate Change and Victoria

Climate change affects all of us. Acting on it is fundamental for a thriving, resilient state.

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Local Government News
Maggolee website

The Maggolee website celebrates Aboriginal partnerships, and is a key resource for local councils to work more closely with aboriginal communities.

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