Home' Moorabool Matters : Moorabool Matters October 2009 Contents 02 MOORABOOL MATTERS - COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2009
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
Welcome to the October edition of Moorabool Matter s.
Moorabool Shire is a great place to live with so many natural
attributes -- forests, mountains, river s and lakes.
However, over summer there is an associated fire risk. And that
risk for this season is expected to be much higher than normal.
In fact, a por tion of our Shire is among the State's fire hot spots
for the coming summer.
How we prepare for this risk will determine how well we come
through it. In this edition you will find four pages of information
on the coming fire season. It details what Council is doing and
what the community can do to prepare. This has been designed
as a four-page lift-out. Simply pull it out and stick it on the fridge .
Also in this edition we have an in-depth look at this financial
year's budget. You will find this on pages three and four.
Recently the fun of Literacy Week once again bur st out on the
streets of Bacchus Mar sh and Ballan. On page five you will find
another photo from the events -- smiling children and even our
own CEO, Rober t Dobrzynski and General Manager of
Community Ser vices Terr y Fraser dressed up as Batman and his
arch-enemy The Joker.
And on fun public events, one of Moorabool's largest festivals --
Moorafest is fast approaching. Turn to page 13 for details.
Finally, Council will be considering a number of significant
initiatives over the coming months and year and I encourage
ever yone to have their say to ensure a blanced view is provided
to your Council in determining our future directions.
I hope you enjoy reading this edition of Moorabool Matter s.
Cr. Michael Tudball
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
The environment we live in plays a major par t in ever ything we
do as a Council -- from the topography, flora and fauna of the
Shire to the environmentally aware measures that we put in
place on all that we do. This edition of Moorabool Matters
provides a significant taste of that.
The fire season preparation lift-out, which I recommend every
resident puts in a place that they can refer to in the lead-up to
summer and right through the fire danger period, is a reflection
of the environment and climate that we live in.
Applications are now open for the Environmental Sustainability
Awards.Turn to page 13 for details of how to enter. The awards
will be presented on November 15 at Moorafest -- one of our
largest and most colourful festivals of the year.
Also on page 13 you can find out just some of the myriad
rebates that are available for you to reduce you carbon footprint
-- such as rebates on water tanks, ceiling insulation and solar hot
The Moorabool Communities in Action program is back up and
running following a review to enhance its effectiveness. The
program has also received a funding grant from the State
Government, safe-guarding its future. Details can be found on
Moorabool Shire is the place for many large and significant
projects. The concept for the new Community Learning Centre
is taking shape, with significant input from the community. This is
one of the most exciting developments in Bacchus Marsh and
Moorabool for many years. We are determined to cater for all
needs. A snapshot of the results of the community sur vey into
what should be included in the Centre can be found on page
five. Stay tuned for regular updates.
In future editions of Moorabool Matter s we will also give
updates on the progress of the relocation of the Council offices
to the Darley Secondar y School campus. Combining our
Bacchus Marsh offices will lead to significantly reduced r unning
costs each per year. The relocation addresses the council's
current needs as well as provision for future needs.
Should you wish to find out more
information about these issues or any
other ser vices Council offers, please
give us a call on (03) 5366 7100.
Rober t Dobrzynski
Chief Executive Officer
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