Home' Moorabool Matters : December 2009 Contents 02 MOORABOOL MATTERS - COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2009
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
Whether you are just kicking back, taking a swim, wetting a fishing
line, playing spor t or relaxing under a tree, summer is a great
time to be in Moorabool Shire.
We are blessed with great natural attractions - forests, lakes,
walking tracks and parks and gardens.
However, summer also brings with it the possibility of excessive
heat and bushfires.
The Council has been spending many hours planning for both of
these and inside this edition of Moorabool Matters you will find
information on Council's heatwave policy and fur ther
information on how to prepare for the fire season and what to
do on days of fire danger. On page nine you will find CFA's new
table of fire danger rating and what action is to be taken.
The heat has also brought out the snakes and residents need to
be mindful of the threat that they can pose as they move about.
Remember that the majority of snake bites occur when
someone tries to kill or disturb the snake.
Our Shire has two swimming pools -- in Ballan and Bacchus
Mar sh. Both of these are in great shape after extensive work in
the off-season and will be open for fun and fitness from 5
The great weather cer tainly leads to people getting out and
about and that is exactly what I am encouraging ever yone to do
on Australia Day. Council will be holding its special Australia Day
celebration at the Ballan Mechanics Hall on Tuesday 26 Januar y
from 8am. It will be a great gathering, complete with a
community BBQ breakfast and live enter tainment.
On behalf of our Councillor s have a great safe Christmas, take
care on the roads, and enjoy some holiday time with family, ready
to come back energised for 2010.
Cr. Michael Tudball
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
It is now 12 months since the Council elections and our group
of Councillor s have done a terrific job tackling many major issues
that will help shape the future of Moorabool Shire for many
years to come.
Great progress has been achieved with the new Bacchus Mar sh
Community Learning Centre. Architects have been appointed
and the design elements are beginning to take shape, thanks in
par t to the many helpful suggestions from members of the
Moorabool community. The aim is to design a facility that is
more responsive to the developing needs of a growing
community. Planned concepts of the Community Learning
Centre are expected to be available for viewing from early 2010.
Council is now fur ther down the path of having a new office
facility, having purchased the site of the former Bacchus Mar sh
Secondary College's Darley Campus. This development is
designed to consolidate Council's Bacchus Marsh and Rutherford
Cour t offices. It is anticipated to address Council's current and
future office needs.
Council recently sought the view of the community in relation to
the proposed sale of land in Main St Bacchus Mar sh. Council will
consider this feedback in making a decision and what the future
will hold with this centrally-located land.
It has been a very successful past couple of months with the
Council receiving great recognition. The Gettin' Dir ty Program
won an award in the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria annual
environmental awards, par t of the Tidy Towns awards. The
program was presented with its trophy for the Government
Community Par tner ship Award at a gala ceremony in Hor sham
on 3 October. The program, which is a joint initiative of
Moorabool Shire Council, Victoria Police, Depar tment of
Education, local schools, Moorabool YMCA and local businesses,
takes students out of the classroom to under take hands-on
activities and learning new skills at community venues.
The Best Star t program received an award in the 2009 Minister's
Early Year s Awards program for the bir thday postcard program.
This innovative initiative involves cards being sent out through
Moorabool Shire Council's Maternal and Child Health ser vice for
children aged 1 -- 4 years, through kindergar tens and childcare
centres for the five-year olds, and
through Moorabool Shire primar y
schools for the 5-8 year olds.
As we move into the festive season,
please take note of Council's opening
hours over the Christmas and New
Year holidays. You will find all the
details regarding Council's operating
hours on page 10.
On behalf of Council, I wish
Moorabool residents a Merry
Christmas and a safe and
happy New Year.
Rober t Dobrzynski
Chief Executive Officer
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