Creating a long-term vision for the Central Goldfields
How can we make the Central Goldfields community even better – now and in the future?
That is the question Central Goldfields Shire Council will be asking the community as part of the ‘Shaping Central
Goldfields’ engagement process adopted by Council this week (27/04).
Every four years, each incoming Council develops strategic documents to inform decision making and shape how Council will provide inclusive leadership.
Following changes to the Local Government Act, for the first time this work will be guided by a 10-year community vision created with the Central Goldfields community.
To find out more about the Shaping Central Goldfields, and for opportunities to get involved, visit www.engage.cgoldshire.vic.gov.au
Tender awarded for next step of Carisbrook Levee project
The Carisbrook Levee project was designed by specialists Entura in response to major floods which occurred in 2010 and 2011.
The project is being delivered in four stages - one and two are complete, stage three is nearing completion and stage four is subject to Federal Government funding.
The tender for the next part of stage three of the Carisbrook Levee project was advertised in March, 2021.
The tender, titled Pyrenees Highway, Carisbrook – Culvert construction, is for the installation of the drainage culverts under the Pyrenees Highway.
At a Meeting of Council this week (27/04) the tender for $170,896.00 was awarded to Leech Earthmoving and Contracting Pty Ltd.
This part of the project will see the installation of twin cell box culverts - 1200mm high by 1200mm – across the Pyrenees Highway located to the west of Pleasant Street, Carisbrook.
The culverts will redirect the overland flows along the levee when the southern section of the levee is completed.
For more information on the Carisbrook Levee project visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/currentprojects
Feedback invited on 2021/22 Proposed Budget
The Central Goldfields Shire Council 2021/22 Proposed Budget is now available for community feedback following endorsement at the April Council Meeting this week (27/04).
The 2021/22 Proposed Budget is available to view at www.engage.cgoldshire.vic.gov.au with feedback invited until 5pm, Friday 28 May.
Its main focus is to implement the key objectives of the 2017-2021 Council Plan and deliver on our commitment to deliver more than 40 services to our community.
Council has been successful in attracting in excess of $10 million in grant funding. Together with Council funding, our Capital Works program will exceed $18 million.
These projects will not only provide a boost to local facilities but will also help stimulate the local economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A rate rise of 1.5% in line with the Victorian Government determined rate cap is also proposed as well as a 3% increase for waste charges to meet the increasing costs of managing waste.
2021/22 Budget Highlights
Capital Works Program:
- Upgrades to the Maryborough Outdoor Pool - $2 million
- Energy Breakthrough infrastructure upgrades - $500,000 ($1.5 million over three years)
- Central Goldfields Art Gallery redevelopment - $1,863,000
- Construction of the Skate and Scooter Park in Maryborough - $645,000
- Upgrades to Carisbrook Recreation Reserve - $4.7 million
- Lake Victoria Lighting - $150,000
- Road renewal and reseals projects -$3.9 million
- New and upgraded footpaths across the Shire - $400,000
- Footpath renewals of - $100,000
Other key projects:
- New Council Plan development
- Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan
- Review of heritage controls in Maryborough
- Planning and design for a splash park
- Completion of a Cultural Management Plan for the Princes Park Grandstand
- Continuing the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan
- Next stage in the activation of the Maryborough Railway Station
- Development of a climate action plan
- Planning and design for new toilets in Rene Fox Gardens Dunolly
- Growing Victoria works at Philips Gardens
- Development of a waste water plan for Talbot
Feedback is invited via:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post: Council Budget, PO BOX 194, Maryborough, VIC, 3465
- In person: Community Information Sessions
• Dunolly: Thursday 13 May, 6.30 to 8.30pm at Dunolly Town Hall
• Carisbrook: Monday 17 May, 6.30 to 8.30pm at Carisbrook Senior Citizens Hall
• Maryborough: Wednesday 19 May, 6.30 to 8.30pm at Maryborough Community Hub - Room 7
• Talbot: Monday 24 May, 6.30 to 8.30pm at Talbot ANA Hall
The Budget will go to the June Council Meeting to be considered for adoption.
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Communications and Engagement Strategy adopted
Central Goldfields Shire Council adopted its Communications and Engagement Strategy 2021-2022 at last night’s (27/04) Council Meeting, which outlines a framework for Council’s new approach to communications and engagement.
The new Strategy outlines the community’s need for transparency and openness from Council in its decision making.
Council received the following key insights from the community:
- The biggest barrier to participation is knowing who to talk to in Council
- Central Goldfields’ community is diverse to communications needs to be targeted
- Central Goldfields’ community is so diverse there is no one size fits all approach to engagement
- The community wants transparency from Council
For more information, visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/latestnews
We hosting a series of upcoming influenza sessions for community members.
Eligible residents can receive a free vaccines. You are eligible if you are one of the following:
- Aged 65 years or older
- Under five years of age
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged between six months and fours years (inclusive) and 15 years and older
- Those aged six months or older with conditions predisposing to severe illness following influenza infection
For those who do not meet these requirements, the vaccine is $20 per person. Payment can be made via EFTPOS at the session.
Sessions are held on the following dates and times at the Community Hub, 22 Nolan Street, Maryborough:
• Thursday 6 May, 2021, 2pm to 6pm Community Hub
• Thursday 13 May, 2021, 2pm to 6pm, Community Hub
To book, visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/fluimmunisation
Gordon Gardens Master Plan project
In September, 2019 Council adopted the Gordon Gardens Master Plan.
A number of projects that were identified as part of the Gordon Gardens Master Plan were constructed at the precinct during 2019/2020 including a basketball court, bicycle/scooter pump track, outdoor fitness equipment/ shade structure and a touch-free water fountain.
The next stage of the Master Plan work has commenced and includes:
Development of the vacant block beside the Senior Citizens building into a carpark, including two disabled parking spots
- Extension of the ramps into the Senior Citizens building
- Walking path from the carpark to the Queen Victoria Jubilee Monument within Gordon Gardens
- New path and new pedestrian gate into the Bowls Club from the carpark
- New sliding gate at the Bowls Club to allow access to the Bowls Club sheds
- Relocation of the Bowls Club’s water tanks
The works will be delivered by Council’s Operations team. The project will take approximately four weeks to complete.
More information, including a copy of the Gordon Gardens Master Plan, is available to view at www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/gordongardens