Victoria is currently in a state-wide lockdown until Thursday 2 September.
There are five reasons to leave your home:
• Shopping for necessary goods and services – one person per household once a day
• Caregiving and compassionate reasons
• Authorised work or permitted education
• Exercise – up to two hours, with one other person or members of your household
• Receiving your vaccination
There is a 5km travel limit for shopping or exercise and you must wear a mask when not at home.
For more information about restrictions visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Information about changes to Council services is available at www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/servicechanges
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, you must get tested.
Maryborough District Health Service and Council have partnered to open the Community Vaccination Hub, located in the Community Hub at 48 Burns Street, Maryborough.
To book call 5461 0300 between 8.30am and 12noon Monday to Friday or visit www.mdhs.vic.gov.au/covid-clinic/
Maryborough Major Sport and Recreation Reserves Master Planning project
A Master Planning process for the Princes Park Precinct, Jack Pascoe Reserve and J H Hedges Memorial Park in Maryborough is about to begin.
The Master Plans are important to guide planning, development, maintenance, management and community use at each of the three reserves. They will also help to identify priority projects and make funding submissions.
In the 2021/22 Budget, Council allocated $60,000 for the Master Plans to be carried out, as part of the implementation of the Active Central Goldfields – Recreation and Open Space Strategy 2020-2029.
Council has appointed Otium Planning Group to lead the master plan process.
Over the coming weeks, Otium will invite input from reserve user groups, the community and other key stakeholders into this process.
Keep an eye on Council’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/centralgoldfields and our Weekly Update for opportunities on how you can be involved.
Winter grading program
We've experienced higher than average rainfall this winter, which means our winter grading program is taking a little longer than planned.
Our operations team started this work in July, with two graders in operation.
The sealed road-shoulder grading maintenance is continuing and we have completed most shoulder grading roads in the Moolort area, Talbot-Avoca Road and Bealiba-Avoca Road. This week, maintenance will begin on the Stuart Mill Road before moving to the Bromley area.
Our second grading crew is also continuing its gravel roads grading program.
The latest roads complete include Meltons Lane in Bromley, Wareek-Homebush Road between Porteous Road and Old School Road and this week, the crew has started on Old Avoca Road. Once these roads are complete, the grading crew will begin at Possum Gully Road in Adelaide Lead.
Council Meeting outcomes
At Tuesday night’s (24/08) the following items were considered:
• Draft Disability Action Plan endorsed for community feedback
• Positive Ageing Strategy adopted
• Volunteer Strategy and Action Plan adopted
To have your say on the Draft Disability Action Plan, visit www.engage.cgoldshire.vic.gov.au/dap or for more information visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/latestnews
Connecting Victoria - have your say
Where are you having a problem with mobile coverage or internet access?
The Victorian Government is inviting feedback on where better mobile and broadband connectivity is needed.
It's quick and easy to provide feedback - simply add a marker and a comment to the map (found by visiting the link below) to show where you are experiencing poor mobile or broadband access.
Feedback is open now until Monday 20 September, 2021.
To provide feedback, visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/connecting-victoria
Rate notices 2021/22
All Central Goldfields Shire ratepayers will receive their Rates Notice 2021/22 over the coming weeks.
Support is available to ratepayers who may be experiencing financial hardship – whether this be due to the pandemic or for other reasons. To have a confidential conversation with our rates team please call 5461 0681.
To find out more about Rates, how they are calculated and the payment options available, visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/rates
New citizens welcomed
We welcomed nine new Australian citizens from seven countries during a citizenship ceremony last Friday.
Our new citizens include:
• Laura Baker (England)
• Anh Jim Thi Do (Vietnam)
• Khoa Anh Do (Vietnam)
• John Heares (New Zealand)
• Yinhai Jiang (China)
• Timothy Wear (United Kingdom)
• Seng Marady NGIM (Cambodia)
• Sinith SOM (Cambodia)
• Seng Maraden NGIM (Cambodia)
Congratulations to our newest citizens.
MASH info session
Want to know more about solar panels and the MASH - More Australian Solar Homes - Community solar bulk-buy initiative?
The MASH team is hosting a free 90-minute information session on Wednesday 1 September from 6 to 7.30pm via Zoom.
You can register at https://marsh.org.au
World Heritage Bid survey
Do you want to be in the running to win a $100 voucher? Simply head to www.goldfieldsworldheritage.com.au to fill out the Goldfields’ Happiness Index Survey for your chance to win.
Tourism will play a vital par t in our region’s recovery from COVID-19. This survey will assist the Goldfields Heritage bid organisation to begin its tourism planning by starting to measure the Goldfields’ happiness levels.
The survey closes on Tuesday 31 August, 2021.
Unsealed road re-sheeting program
Did you know we have 624kms of unsealed roads in our Shire?
Every year, we allocate funding to re-sheet a number of our unsealed roads.
In the 2021/2022 Council Budget, $438,000 was budgeted for this work.
The list of unsealed roads to be re-sheeted are determined from our Asset Management System, which prioritises re-sheeting based on the condition data we have for all local roads.
Our 2021-2022 unsealed road re-sheeting program has been temporarily paused due to low levels of pavement material.
For a full list of roads to be re-sheeted as part of this work visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/resheetingprogram
Talbot outdoor exercise equipment ready
Exciting news for our Talbot community - the new outdoor exercise equipment has been installed at Pioneer Reserve.
The rubber matting and swings are expected to be installed today, with the new equipment to be ready for use when the current government restrictions lift.
The project, made possible thanks to funding as part of the Victorian Government’s Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative.
The colour of the equipment - Rainforest Green - was voted on by our Talbot and district community during May
Let’s chat Carisbrook
Did you know that $6 million will be invested in infrastructure projects in the Carisbrook and district community in the coming 12 months?
Join Tullaroop Ward Councillor Anna De Villiers and Council’s Manager Community Engagement Kylie Long to have your say on a range of important projects.
Carisbrook Conversation Two
During conversation two, we will discuss the progress of the Tullaroop Creek Management Plan.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the session will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 1 September, 6.30 to 8.30pm.
The Draft Plan sets guidelines for the long-term management of Tullaroop Creek including:
- Further develop and maintain the Bland and Bucknall reserves as a significant open space for passive use
- Develop the Creek Corridor to better support active recreation activities
- Build a connection with place
- Protect and enhance the creek's natural values
- Improve governance and risk management of the creek
To receive a Zoom link, register with Council’s Communications Officer Lachlan Steed on 0409 478 074 or online at www.engage.cgoldshire.vic.gov.au/communityconversations
ArtsACTION professional development
Artists and creatives are invited to participate in ArtsACTION: FREE professional development.
This program supports creatives to get into action, work collaboratively, and refine innovative methods for success. It will assist with activating career pathways, broadening networks, and building market reach.
ArtsACTION offers a six-part email resource pack, Zoom workshops, and access to a growing network. It will be delivered entirely online from August 2021 to April 2022.
More information: https://popupart.com.au/artsaction/
Tenders currently available through Central Goldfields Shire Council are listed below.
Tender documents can be downloaded from e-Procure, accessible via Council's website www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/tenders
||Maryborough Railway Station Activation Project
||Dunolly Quarry - Extraction and Preparation Service
||Supply and Installation of New Carpet at Maryborough Library
||Supply and Complete Ceiling Repair Work and Painting