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.
Central Goldfields Shire is in caretaker mode from 22 September to 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: www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/councilelections2020
Ballot packs arriving in mail soon
Residents who have enrolled with the Victorian Electoral Commission to vote in this month’s Council Elections, will receive ballot pack in the mail shortly.
Community members are encouraged to vote as soon as possible.
Ballot packs include:
- A ballot paper attached to candidate statements and photos where provided
- Instructions for voting
- A multi-language leaflet (where applicable)
- A ballot paper envelope with a flap for the voter’s declaration
- A reply-paid envelope
Residents must make sure their completed ballot pack is in the mail by 6pm, Friday 23 October. Paddys Ranges Ward residents will not receive a ballot pack due to this ward being uncontested.
If the ballot pack has not arrived by Friday 16 October, please call the Victorian Electoral Commission on 1300 112 717.
Election results will be announced no later than Friday 13 November.
For more information, visit www.vec.vic.gov.au
Works begin on pump track and fitness equipment
A new bicycle/scooter pump track and outdoor fitness equipment will be installed at the Gordon Gardens in Dunolly next week.
The $140,000 Gordon Gardens upgrade project is being delivered thanks to funding from the State Government’s Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative.
The bicycle/scooter pump track is a modular system made of timber composite that will form a circular track of about 65 metres. It will be suitable for use from the early stages of riding a balance bike or scooter to larger bikes for young people and adults. It’s the perfect playground and play space for all wheels and all ages, providing outstanding health and wellbeing benefits through fun.
Five pieces of outdoor fitness equipment, comprising a chest press, body pull ups, body twist, leg press and set up station, will be installed.
New valuation portal for rates
Ratepayers who are paying their rates by instalments should have now paid the first instalment for 2020-2021 which was due on Wednesday 30 September 2020.
If you have not received your rate notice please contact our Rates team on 5461 0610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents may object to a rates valuation if they wish. The objection can be made in relation to the value of a property or on the grounds specified in the Valuation of Land Act.
An objection must be made within two months of the date of the rate notice.
To make an objection, you need to submit your objection via the rating valuation objection
Alternatively, you can visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/valuations and download the 2020-2021 Valuation Objection Notice.
We understand that COVID-19 has caused financial hardship to some individuals and businesses.
Council has a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy to support ratepayers.
Please see this advertisement for more information about the extension to the financial hardship measures.
For more information about rates, visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/rates
Central Kindergarten Registration first round offers have now been distributed via email and mail.
Second round offers are now open. If you missed the closing date of the first round you now have an opportunity to register your child in three and four-year-old kindergarten for 2021.
Spaces are limited with kindergartens so get in quick - you can enrol via www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/centralenrolment
Second round offer applicants will receive a letter of advice.
Are you fire ready?
It’s time for residents to start preparing their properties for the upcoming fire season.
No matter where you live in Central Goldfields Shire – whether you’re in a town or on a farm – your property is likely to be at high to extreme bush or grass fire risk.
Take the time to increase your understanding of the fire risk where you live, prepare your property, and talk to your loved ones about what you’ll do to stay safe from fire.
Residents should also prepare their properties by:
- Clearing undergrowth and fallen branches
- Moving firewood away from the house
- Cleaning leaves from gutters
- Ensuring that grass is cut
Letters will be sent out shortly to remind residents to prepare their property for summer.
Shortly, our Fire Prevention Officer will be inspecting properties to ensure they are ready for the upcoming fire season.
Fines will be issued to those who do not properly prepare their properties for the upcoming fire season.
Learn more about how to effectively prepare your property here: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare
Once the Fire Danger Period has commenced for the North Central Fire District, there will be restrictions as to what you can and can't do.
Check the CFA Can I Can't I guide here: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/can
Outdoor dining fees waived
We are waiving outdoor dining permit fees and have introduced a simplified and streamlined application process to help support our local hospitality industry.
We have also developed an Outdoor Dining and Street Trading – Code of Practice which provides advice to traders on how to set up outdoor dining and trading activities.
To access our application process or the Outdoor Dining and Street Trading – Code of Practice visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/businesspermits
Financial support measures extended
Central Goldfields Shire Council has extended its financial support measures to assist ratepayers, businesses and community groups with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
Council made the decision to commence a review of its COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy at the 11 August Council Meeting.
Measures have been extended to 31 March, 2021.
For more information visit www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/financialsupportpackage
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 impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) or have been without work for a longer period of time.
The part-time positions include:
- Business Support Officer - Compliance
- Buildings Parks and Gardens Worker
- Waste Officer (communication and education in recycling waste and circular economy)
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: www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria