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As the temperature cools and the landscape changes colours,
it’s timely to reflect on the fact that the winter months bring
some challenges of their own, some of which we cover in this
edition of Moorabool Matters.
Council recently had the pleasure of distributing the summer
round of community grants to local organisations. Each year
the Council grants $140,000 in two rounds to groups or
individuals in three categories; Community Strengthening,
Events and The Arts. More information on page 13.
Development in the Shire has also been a topic for much
discussion recently. Strategic planning has begun in Gordon,
Ballan and Bacchus Marsh to better prepare for the growing
popularity in the region, to ensure the infrastructure meets,
or exceeds, demand in the future. The community is the
most important source for information in this process and
Council will certainly be asking questions, listening and
acting proactively to achieve cooperative partnerships and a
We are very close to the culmination of two important
building projects in the Shire; the Community Learning Centre
in Bacchus Marsh and the Civic and Community Hub in
Darley. The CLC is detailed on page 7.
The Civic and Community Hub will not only become the new
centralised offices for Moorabool Shire Council Bacchus Marsh
staff and services, Council has also taken the opportunity to
significantly upgrade the surrounding facilities. Funded in part
with $2 million from the Federal Government’s Regional
and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP),
improvements are being carried out on the oval, playgrounds,
walking paths, car parking, stormwater harvesting, tree planting
and landscaping. Both the CLC and CCH are on budget and
on time. Council looks forward to completion in September.
The draft Council Plan is currently on exhibition in the
community for comment. Please take the opportunity to
comment on and influence the future direction of the Council
and the key projects it plans to undertake.
In the short term, Council is spending time on the design
and delivery of a budget for the next financial year. The draft
document is due for release for comment in early June.
The recovery and rebuilding process for the five flood events
experienced by residents in the past year has been a slow
process. I am pleased to report that the bulk of funding
has now been received from the state government and
tenders are now being prepared for the road, paths and
park infrastructure that has been damaged. I ask residents to
remain patient as it is important we complete the
works well and receive good value for money.
The opportunity is also being taken to improve
infrastructure such as drainage to better cope
with future events.
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
It is my pleasure to present the winter edition of Moorabool
Matters. Council aims to provide you with information about
the activities and actions by Moorabool Shire Council and
some of our important Community organisations.
The second half of 2011 will see the culmination of some
of Council’s most significant building works in many years,
in the Community Learning Centre in Bacchus Marsh and
the Civic and Community Hub in Darley. You may have
seen our invitations for the community to suggest names
for the Community Learning Centre. We thought it is most
appropriate to request assistance from our Community for
an appropriate name, and a sub-committee comprising two
community representatives, myself and a Council Officer will
be finalising a short-list of three names, for presentation to
Council for consideration in June.
Council will also be considering public submissions regarding
the 2011 amendment to the Council Plan 2009 – 2013.
Changes to the document have been suggested and are open
for public comment. This Council Plan has been reviewed by
Councillors and Officers, and changes made under each key
result area to reflect Council activity in these areas. The four
key result areas are:
Representation and leadership of our community
Enhanced natural and built environment
Continuous improvement in Council services.
Councillors Toohey and Sullivan recently officially opened the
Wallace Community facility upgrades, a terrific achievement
for the Recreation Reserve Committee of Management. The
improvements include a significant extension to the current
facility, community meeting areas, multi purpose spaces,
improved amenities and better disability access. Council’s
contribution of $138,000, together with contributions from the
Committee of Management, Springbank Football Netball Club
and the State Government, will help ensure greater community
participation at the facility.
Finally I would like to reiterate the point that this Council’s
commitment is to act in the best interests of our residents. We
have seen many reports of matters that have a significant impact
on our communities, and where possible we will represent the
community to achieve the best outcomes. In some cases the
provision of certain services is not within the Council’s sphere
of responsibility, or financial ability, but wherever possible we
will ensure the best representation of the community to the
bodies who are responsible.
We welcome all residents to become involved and attend
Ordinary Meetings of Council. Your voice is a vital contribution
to the ongoing well being of the Shire. Your
Councillors are your representatives, and we
provide the contact details for all Councillors
on the back page of this booklet so that
you can raise the issues that are important
to you and your community.
Cr Pat Griffin
Chief Executive Officer
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