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message from the mayor
It is often said that adversity is what brings a community together.
While this may not be the single key to community spirit, it
certainly is when community spirit shows itself most strongly.
February 5 was the latest in a string of flooding events and will
be remembered for some time for the velocity of rain and the
suddenness of the flooding. Many parts of the Shire received
record 24-hour rainfalls and this has had serious implications
for our roads and infrastructure. Localised flash flooding
occurred in many places and the stormwater drainage system
was unable to cope with such an inundation.
Council staff, the community and the emergency services
worked very well together in responding to the rapidly
developing situation. Council staff delivered hundreds of
sandbags to properties under threat and Council received
over 150 requests for assistance during the storm event.
Council once again faces a hefty damages bill from the flooding
and we will be putting in a claim to the State Government to
assist with the multi-million dollar repairs bill.
I ask everyone to be patient in our recovery from this event.
Inspections of the most recent damage are still taking place
and we will attend to the most serious conditions first. We are
working as hard as we can, but it will be many months before
we can get the roads back into order. Damaged roads will be
attended to as soon as possible, but drivers need to be wary of
the possible conditions of many of the roads in the Shire.
Open and honest communications are essential in building trust,
and Council is working hard to continually improve its community
communications and consultation processes. We have been
criticised in the past for a lack of community consultation on key
issues, and it would be arrogant and remiss of Council not to take
this on board and to learn from our mistakes. Our contract with
our community is to always seek your views and take them into
account in our decision making process.
Sometimes our residents may not agree with all of the
decisions Council makes. As a Councillor, I try to look at all the
facts, the information presented by officers and professionals
and then I take into consideration what the community wants,
what they need and any other information that they provide
so that I can make an informed decision for the betterment
of Moorabool Shire.
This is what has occurred with the Council decision around
the Avenue of Honour and Woolpack Road. As a Council,
we have listened and investigated all of the options before
making the decision we believe will benefit Bacchus Marsh
and Moorabool Shire Council for future generations.
I am proud of our transparency record in Ordinary
Meetings of Council. This is a time when
all residents can come and ask questions of
Council at an open public meeting. I urge you
to do this, on any issue that you may have, or
if you would rather that your question is kept
confidential then please call me or your local
ward Councillor for help and action.
Cr Pat Griffin
It has been a very challenging past two months since our last
publication for both the community and the Council. Dealing
with the most recent flooding event has certainly placed a
strain on many residents and emergency services throughout
While events and inconveniences such as this are not
something to look forward to, what it does show is that we
as a community are well-placed to respond and recover from
natural events such as floods.
It was heartening to see Council staff working alongside the
emergency services and the community in ensuring that the
damage was kept to a minimum and now our recovery teams
are assisting the community to return to a state as close as
possible that existed before the floods.
The volunteers from the community were instrumental in this
response and our thanks go out to them. Turn to page 7 for
With around $8.5mil in Council assets damaged and a
further $2mil in business, tourism, farm and house damage
recovering from such an event will take time and we ask
residents, farmers and business owners to be patient as
we work through a very long list of rebuilding and recovery
The Community Learning Centre in Bacchus Marsh is
progressing well. Turn to page 4 for more details on this
exciting development that will provide a major boost for all
ages in Bacchus Marsh and the Shire.
This is a great time of year to be in Moorabool Shire, with
many fantastic outdoor events. Recently we’ve had the
Ballan Autumn Festival and the Myrniong Music in the Park
event. Coming up in the next couple of months we have
the Greendale Drive-in and the Myrniong Car Sprint, among
others to look forward to.
Council and VicRoads have recently lodged official appeals
into the Heritage Victoria refusal decision regarding the
Avenue of Honour / Woolpack Road extension in Bacchus
Marsh. This planned extension is designed to provide a truck
bypass for Bacchus Marsh and would see a roundabout being
placed on the Avenue of Honour to allow traffic to be taken
off the Avenue and out of the Bacchus Marsh town centre.
While Council staff have been working tirelessly in responding
to the recent flooding events, our capital improvements
program has been continuing to produce fantastic results.
Turn to page 3 for more details on some of the many
worthwhile projects that have been completed.
Chief executive officer
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