Friday 18 September 2020

On Display Indefinitely


Rates now being delivered

Central Goldfields Shire ratepayers are now receiving their 2020- 2021 rate notice in the mail or by email.

The first instalment is due on 30 September 2020.

Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia Post mail delivery times have been impacted.

If you have not received your rate notice in the mail please contact our Rates team on 5461 0610 or to have a copy of your rate notice emailed to you.

The Understanding Your Rates brochure distributed with rate notices contains useful information about how your rates are calculated and how they are used.

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused particular hardship to some individuals and businesses. Council offers a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy to support ratepayers experiencing financial hardship.

Please contact our Rates team to discuss options available to you. To find out more visit:

For more information about rates, visit

Council meeting outcomes

A video of this month’s Council Meeting is now available at

Agenda items included:

  • Active Central Goldfields Recreation and Open Space Strategy adopted
  • Integrated Transport Strategy adopted
  • Economic Response and Recovery Response
  • Carisbrook Levee contract awarded

You can read more about these items at

Latest news

Recent news items from Council have included:

  • As part of a partnership with the State Government and 11 other councils, we are to install an electric vehicle charging station.
  • Two new additions of play equipment have been added to the Maryborough Community House, as part of the Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative
  • Central Goldfields Art Gallery has acquisitioned the mosaic sculptures in Dunolly.

For more information on these items visit

Youth school holiday program

With the September school holidays coming up, we have an exciting new youth holiday program available. The program includes:

Week one

  • Trick shot competition - open from Monday 21 September until Friday 2 October
  • Have your say - Monday 21 September, 10.30am-12pm
  • How to be an influencer - Tuesday 22 September 10.30am-11am
  • Are you ready to drive? - Wednesday 23 September, 10.30am-11am
  • Mindfulness session - Thursday 24 September, 10.30am-11am
  • Movie trivia night - Friday 25 September, 5pm-6pm

Week two

  • Cuppa and chat - Monday 28 September, 10.30am-12pm
  • Photography workshop - Tuesday 29 September, 10.30am-11am
  • Cartoon creation - Wednesday 30 September, 10.30am-11am
  • Minecraft building competition - Thursday 1 October, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Hip-hop workshop - Friday 2 October, 10.30am-11am

For more information for the above events and to register, visit you can also check out the new Central Goldfields Youth Facebook page.

Have Your Say

Disability Action Plan

We are developing a Disability Action Plan and it is important that those living with disability in our community have their say to achieve the best outcomes for our community.

Survey responses are confidential, can be anonymous, and will be used only to develop the Disability Action Plan and to ensure that services consider the current and future needs of those living with disability.

The survey is available online or hardcopies can be obtained by emailing

For more information and to fill out an organisational or individual survey visit

The survey closes TODAY, Friday 18 September at 5pm.

Positions Vacant

Committed to achieving the best outcomes for our local community we are seeking passionate, innovative and community minded leaders to join our leadership team. For more information and a confidential discussion about these roles please visit the link goldfieldsshire- council

We are also recruiting for:

  • Economic Development Officer

For more information, visit

We are participating in the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria program.

Under Working for Victoria, Council will provide jobs for unemployed people – whether they have lost their jobs due to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) or have been without work for a longer period of time.

The part-time positions include:

  • Risk Advisor
  • Community Services Worker – Food Delivery
  • Systems Engineer
  • Communications Officer (Waste)

The six month, fixed-term positions are additional positions and will not replace existing employees at Council.

To find out more about the Working for Victoria initiative and to register your interest in applying visit:

All Things Gold photo comp

Thank you to the 58 community members who entered our All Things Gold Victoria Snapshot Competition during August.

We received more than 220 photo entries with a further 389 community members taking the time to review the entries and cast their vote – a whopping 2,853 votes were received in total!

Congratulations to Meagan from Maryborough – with this stunning photo of Lake Victoria in Maryborough receiving the most votes.

Meagan has won a $100 hamper for her efforts.


Avoca Talbot Road upgrade

Stage Two of the Talbot/Avoca Road upgrade project is nearing completion. The $693,000 project will deliver a full reconstruction of the road, including culvert renewal, of a one kilometre stretch of the Talbot/Avoca Road, either side of the Amherst Cemetery.

The project is jointly funded by the State Government Fixing Country Roads Program - $462,000 together with a Council contribution of $231,000.

The project is being delivered by Council’s Operations team and is expected to be complete within two weeks, weather permitting.

Temporary lane closures may be required during the project and motorists should obey changed traffic conditions.

Council Election and Caretaker period

Central Goldfields Shire Council Election will be held on Saturday 24 October, 2020 and is run by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Councils must comply with special arrangements in the lead up to the elections, known as the caretaker period. This is in accordance with the Local Government Act.

The Act states that the election caretaker period starts on the last day on which nominations for the election can be received and finishes at 6pm on the election day. For the 2020 Council election, this means the election caretaker period will be from 12noon, Tuesday 22 September to 6pm, Saturday 24 October.

Council’s Governance Rules were adopted by Council in August and Chapter 7 of that document details the Election Period Policy that ensures Council business continues throughout this period in a responsible and transparent manner.

Essentially, during the election period councils are prohibited from making certain types of decisions and the material produced by councils must not contain matter than will affect voting at the election.

To read the Governance Rules and for more information about the 2020 Council election visit:

Mandatory Candidate Training

The mandatory Local Government Candidate Training for the 2020 elections is now available online.

Under new requirements included in the Local Government Act 2020, candidates must complete the training to be eligible to nominate with the Victorian Electoral Commission. This includes all serving or former councillors intending to nominate. The online course will take around an hour to complete and ensure candidates fully understand the role of councillor and its requirements.

The course can be found at

This mandatory training is only being provided online.

Please contact Local Government Victoria on 136 186 for more information.