Friday 28 August 2020

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COVID-19 Community Information

For detailed COVID-19 community information, including changes to Council services and facilities due to Stage Three restrictions, please see the dedicated COVID-19 section of our website at www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/covid-19

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August Council Meeting

The August Council Meeting was held on Tuesday (25/08). You can view the video recording of the meeting via our Facebook page or website here: is now available at www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/councilmeetings

Agenda items included:

  • Draft Tree Management Plan
  • Dunolly and Carisbrook flood Amendment Study
  • Governance Rules and Transparency Policy
  • Action Plan progress report
  • Strategic Resource Plan

For more information on these items visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/latestnews

Rates now being delivered

Central Goldfields Shire ratepayers will receive their 2020-2021 rate notice in the mail or by email in the coming weeks.

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 by 16 September 2020 please contact our Rates team on 5461 0610 or mail@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au 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: www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/financialhardshippolicy

For more information about rates, visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/rates

Council Election

The 2020 Council Election will be held in October and is run by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

A dedicated 2020 Council election page is available on our website and includes information about key dates, candidate training, wards and enrolling to vote: www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/councilelections2020

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 www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/council-governance/candidate-training.

This mandatory training is only being provided online. Please contact Local Government Victoria on 136 186 for more information.

Close of rolls

Voter rolls for the 2020 Local Government Election close today, Friday 28 August at 4pm.

If you are entitled to be on the State roll, you can ensure your details are correct at www.vec.vic.gov.au

Eligible voters not on the State roll for the municipality can apply to be enrolled for the local elections and can request enrolment forms from councils. This includes:

  • Non-resident owners who bought a property since the last council elections
  • Owners not otherwise on the State roll in the municipality, for example non-citizens
  • Ratepaying occupiers in the municipality including commercial tenants
  • Representatives of corporations who own or occupy rateable property in the municipality.

Kinder enrolment

Registrations for three and four year old kindergarten are closing this Monday 31 August, 2020.

To find out more, and to register, visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/centralenrolment

Have Your Say

Tullaroop Creek Management Plan

Carisbrook residents are invited to have their say on the Tullaroop Creek Management Plan which aims to guide the long-term management of the creek.

The plan will cover Tullaroop Creek’s corridor to the railway bridge and approximately 850 metres northwest of the highway.

Residents are invited to highlight and comment on specific parts of the creek and to express any thoughts, experiences, ideas or concerns.

An interactive map and survey is available at www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

Feedback closes on Wednesday 9 September at 5pm.

For more information on the project, or to access a hardcopy of the map and survey, or to provide feedback via phone, contact Council’s Coordinator Design and Projects Leigh Hendrickson on 5461 0634.

New trees at Phillips Gardens

As part of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens program, 10 advanced trees were planted in and around Phillips Gardens in Maryborough this week to replace botanical trees that were lost due to drought. Signage will also accompany the new plantings and will be erected in coming weeks.

Talbot-Avoca Road

Stage Two of the Talbot/Avoca Road upgrade project is well underway. 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 take a further three weeks to complete.

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

Central Goldfields Art Gallery online exhibitions

Two central Victorian artists feature in the Central Goldfields Art Gallery's current online exhibitions.

Jeff Makin: Australia Felix  and Tiffany  Titshall:  Out  of  the  Fire  are the titles of the two new exhibitions. Jeff Makin is one of Australia’s most well regarded Australian landscape artists who lives in Chewton and Tiffany Titshall lives in Majorca.

The Gallery is currently closed due to Stage Three restrictions. For more information, and to view the exhibitions, visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/exhibitionsandevents

New parent sessions for local families

Our Maternal and Child Health team is hosting a series of sessions for new parents in the coming months.

New Parents Group - a free, weekly, facilitated five week program open to parents with babies under the age of four months (from the start of the group)

Eat and Grow - for parents thinking about introducing their baby to food but not sure where to start. Open to parents with a baby aged between four and six months of age.

For more information visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/latestnews and to register for the sessions contact our Maternal and Child Health team on 5461 6550.