2019-2020 Budget adopted
The 2019-2020 Budget was adopted at Tuesday night’s Ordinary Council Meeting.
The Budget is financially responsible and includes an infrastructure and capital works program of $9.88 million, the largest in the municipality’s history.
This has been made possible through the successful application of multiple state and federal government grants.
To view the budget, visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/budget
Council returns great results in 2019 community survey
Council has performed strongly in the state-wide 2019 Community Satisfaction Survey returning an index score of 57 out of 100, a 14-point increase from the 2018 results.
The annual Community Satisfaction Survey asks the community to rate a number of Council services in terms of importance and performance. Four hundred community members took part in the survey between 1 February 2019 and 30 March 2019. The data gathered is collated by JWS Research.
The pleasing survey results, were presented at Tuesday night’s Ordinary Council Meeting, are similar to average scores for small rural councils (58) and state-wide (60).
Council increased its index score in several other areas including community consultation and engagement (55 up from 45 in 2018), advocacy (53 up from 44), making community decisions (52 up from 42) and overall council direction (57 up from 47).
Satisfaction with Customer Service at 73 points is another significant improvement from 2018 and a higher result than the State wide and Small Rural averages. Overall Council Direction at 57 points is also higher than the state-wide and Small Rural averages.
Improvements by 10 points for Community Consultation and Making Community Decisions and by nine points for Advocacy was also very pleasing, and a reflection of the work undertaken during the year to improve community and stakeholder engagement.
It was also positive that Council did not experience any significant declines in performance index scores.
Notice of proposed intention to sell
Central Goldfields Shire Council gives notice of its proposed intention to sell by private treaty the Council owned land adjoining 91 Inkerman Street, Maryborough and being part of the land comprised in certificate of title volume 02479 folio 671.
This proposal is made under section 189 of the Local Government Act 1989 (Act).
A plan identifying the land proposed to be sold can be viewed on Council’s website www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au or during normal business hours at Central Goldfields Shire Council’s Customer Service Centre located at 22 Nolan Street, Maryborough.
A person has a right to make a submission to Council on the proposed sale of the land in accordance with section 223 of the Act.
Written submissions to Council under section 223 of the Act must be received by 5.00 pm on 29 July 2019 and should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Central Goldfields Shire
Council and delivered or posted to 22 Nolan Street, Maryborough Vic 3465.
If you wish to be heard at the Council meeting in person, or to be represented by a person specified in the submission, you must state this in your written submission.
Submissions will be considered at the Hearing Meeting of Council on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 beginning at 5.30pm at 22 Nolan Street, Maryborough. Council will consider whether or not to sell the Land at a subsequent meeting. If no submissions are received, Council may consider whether or not to sell the land at its ordinary meeting on 27 August 2019.
Please note that copies of submissions (including submitters’ names and addresses) will be made available at the Council meeting at which the above proposal will be considered. Council is also required to make any written submissions available for public inspection for a period of twelve months.
Further enquiries please contact Kristie Berry, Property and Risk Officer on 5461 0636.
Gordon Gardens draft masterplan on display
Council’s Gordon Gardens draft master plan is now on display.
Major works have been proposed for the Dunolly asset and we’d love to hear your thoughts on what you like, don’t like and how we can make improvements.
Copies of the plan are available at www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay, Council’s Customer Service Centre at 22 Nolan Street, Maryborough and the Dunolly Rural Transaction Centre in Broadway, Dunolly.
A new place to put your e-waste
From 1 July, 2019, all Central Goldfields Shire residents can dispose of their e-waste free of charge, with the exception of televisions, at any of the local transfer stations at Carisbrook, Talbot, Dunolly and Bealiba.
Smaller e-waste items can also be delivered to a sorting storage unit at Council’s Customer Service Centre at 22 Nolan Street, Maryborough, Maryborough Resource Centre and Talbot Post Office.
E-waste is any unwanted product that has a cord, plug or a battery attached.
This initiative will help reduce e-waste ending in landfill and minimise our impact on the environment.
To have your say on the 2019-2024 Waste Management Strategy visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay
Draft Property Occupancy Policy
The Draft Property Occupancy Policy was endorsed at the May Ordinary Council Meeting.
Representatives from community groups and organisations will be invited to an upcoming Q&A session at the Community Hub, Burns Street, Maryborough on Wednesday 17 July, 2019 from 6pm.
Council will engage in extensive public consultation in relation to the Draft Property Occupancy Policy.
The draft policy will be on public display for two months and members of the community are invited to provide feedback.
In addition, each group that uses a Council-owned building will be contacted in writing and invited to provide comments or feedback.
Written submissions regarding the Draft Occupancy Policy are invited and should be submitted to Council by close of business at 5pm on Thursday 1 August 2019.
Written submissions can be sent to email@example.com or PO Box 194, Maryborough, 3465.
There is an opportunity for submissions to be heard at a special hearing at 5.30pm on Tuesday 13 August 2019 at the Community Hub, Burns Street, Maryborough.
For more information visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay or contact Kristie Berry, Property and Risk Officer, on 5461 0636