Friday 17 November 2023

Published on 17 November 2023


Flynn Ward Councillor and local farmer, Liesbeth Long will be elected Mayor of Central Goldfields Shire at a Statutory Meeting on Tuesday 21 November at 6pm.


First elected in 2020, Cr Liesbeth Long is in her third year on Council and will be sworn in as Mayor for the next 12 months – the final year of the current Council term.

We extend our thanks and congratulate our outgoing Mayor Cr Grace La Vella for her leadership, dedication and contribution to Council over the past 12 months.

To read a copy of the media release visit:

The Statutory Meeting will be held in person at the Community Hub in Maryborough and is open to the community to attend.

It will also be streamed live to Council’s Facebook page, and a video will be available on Council’s website following the meeting at:



You can protect your pet and help reduce the population of stray and unwanted cats and dogs in our Shire.

In partnership with Maryborough Veterinary Practice and the Victorian Government, Central Goldfields Council is offering a substantial discount package which includes:

  • Discount pet desexing
  • Micro-chipping
  • Registration of your pet

This opportunity is for a limited time, so be sure to check your eligibility. Up to two vouchers are available per household to the owner of the pet(s). Some terms and conditions apply.

Visit Council’s Customer Service Centre at 22 Nolan Street, Maryborough in person,

or visit:



Maryborough will be buzzing next week when our 2023 Energy Breakthrough event kicks off from Wednesday 22 November to Sunday 26 November.

This year’s event is expected to attract:

  • 4600 participants and their families
  • Almost 20,000 visitors over the five-day event
  • $3.3 million into the local economy


To allow for the safe running of the event, some road closures will be in place.

For details visit:



Destination Management Plan

Central Goldfields Shire in partnership with Loddon and Mount Alexander Shires and the City of Greater Bendigo, is developing a Destination Management Plan and Local Area Action Plan, to guide the future directions for tourism development across the region and in our Shire.

A Community and Industry leadership round table will be held where all perspectives and ideas are welcome. Be a part of building a strong approach to our tourism:

Where: Co-working Space, Maryborough Railway Station
When: Tuesday, 21 November, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
RSVP by Monday, 20 November to attend:


If you have a passion for tourism in Central Goldfields and our wider region, have your say in Bendigo Regional Tourism's survey.


Events Strategy

We know community events are important to our whole Shire. They are an important way for us to connect and feel a sense of belonging.

Through our community plans, you told us that events are important to our smaller townships as well.

To help us understand how we can better support our existing events, and explore ways to attract new events, we are inviting our community to complete a short survey.

To find out more and to provide us with our feedback and ideas visit:


Heritage Review

Property owners covered by the existing Maryborough Heritage Overlay should have received a letter by mail this week about proposed changes to the overlay.

The proposal is to break down one large overlay into smaller, more defined precincts. The proposal is based on a study by Extent Heritage Pty Ltd, appointed by Council to review the overlay in 2022.

The study and its proposals are now open for comment to the whole community, whether owners of properties affected, or those simply interested in Maryborough’s Heritage.

Printed copies of documents are available from Customer Service at 22 Nolan Street, or you can access and download them online. You can also submit comments directly through your phone or computer.



Daisy Hill

Over the past year, residents of Daisy Hill have worked with Paddys Ranges Ward Councillor, Chris Meddows Taylor and Council staff to prepare a plan for the future for their community.

This draft plan is now available for the Daisy Hill community to make final comments and suggestions. You can obtain a hard copy through the post by contacting:

Kylie Long, Manager Community Engagement
Phone: 03 5461 0610


You can also visit the dedicated website online or on your phone, where you can view documents and submit comments directly:



Twenty-nine young people have been nominated by the community for the YouthFest 2023 Awards.

Community members are invited to help celebrate the contributions of these young people to our Shire at the Community Hub this afternoon at 4pm.

As part of the event, a special virtual reality and gaming experience provided by Level Up! will be open to the public from 2.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend.



The Spring/Summer edition of our Community Update magazine will arrive in your letterbox from this week.


Highlights include:

  • Energy Breakthrough
  • Station upgrade
  • Keeping cool this summer
  • Community Grants
  • Events calendar
  • Preparing for the fire season
  • Shopping local this Christmas


To read online visit:




Central Goldfields Art Gallery’s latest exhibition –Emergent is now on display.

Emergent presents and celebrates the art work of local VCE students from Highview College and Maryborough Education Centre.

The celebration to launch this exhibition will be held after the VCE exams. Refreshments will be provided and student families, friends and the community are welcome to attend the event on Friday, 24 November from 4pm to 6pm, no booking required.

Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Old Fire Station, 1 Neill St Maryborough. Open Thursday to Sunday 10am-4pm, free entry.






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