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I hope you are enjoying your regular updates from Moorabool
Shire Council in Moorabool Matters. We consider this
publication to be an important method of communication;
a chance for us at Council to let you know some of the
activities that we are undertaking to improve the shire.
In this issue, we look at some of the ways you can be more
involved with Council. 'Have Your Say, Moorabool' is a new
online opportunity for you to contribute to the debate on
a number of issues facing the shire. 'Have Your Say' does
exactly that -- allows you to give us your opinions, take part
in surveys and engage in discussions about the way you see
You can leave your thoughts any time and anywhere you
have internet access. You only need to log in at haveyoursay.
While this is a new way to contact council, it doesn't replace
the other, more traditional, methods. Our contact details can
be found at the bottom of this page.
Later this year Council elections will take place throughout
Victoria, and Council is supporting a campaign by the
Municipal Association of Victoria to promote the idea of
becoming a councillor in local government. The 'Stand for
Council' campaign is aimed at motivating residents to learn
more about the processes, responsibilities and rewards of
being involved in your shire in the most significant way; by
representing your community on the Shire Council.
Many resources will be made available between now
and October, including publications, a dedicated website
(standforcouncil.com.au), social media and a public forum,
where representatives of Moorabool and neighbouring
councils will explain the role of the Councillor and answer
questions about the 'nuts and bolts' of local government.
The forum will be held in Ballan on Tuesday July 10. To
register your interest or confirm your attendance please
contact customer services on 5366 7100. More information
can be found on page 12.
I also recommend the information about
our flood recovery works on pages 4 & 5;
especially the new bridges at Blackwood that
were so badly damaged by the flooding.
Chief Executive Officer
Now that winter is here and the colours are changing around
us it's a timely reminder about the natural beauty we enjoy
in Moorabool Shire. The crisp, clear mornings, looking over
the lush green landscape, are simply delightful. These are just
the sorts of days we would lie to share with visitors to the
shire, and was the message we conveyed in March at the
Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre at the launch
of '365 Days in Moorabool'.
More than 1100 people spoke to our team at the Regional
Victoria Living Expo about the opportunities to 'Live, Work
and Invest' in the Moorabool Shire. It was a terrific experience
to be able to pass on our enthusiasm. The '365 days in
Moorabool' brochure is now available at all Shire offices and
the Visitor Information Centre in Bacchus Marsh.
One of the important stories in this edition of Moorabool
Matters is about the new Library service. After the winding-
up of the Central Highlands Library Service, Council has
developed a new model that will see improvements to the
service in many towns. A small library depot will be set up
in Ballan, which we hope to expand in the future, and other
towns will be serviced on a weekly basis rather than the
previous fortnightly roster. More information is on page 7 of
this Moorabool Matters.
I recently had thew pleasure of joining Catherine King MP
and fellow Councillors for the launch of the Regional and
Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP) round 3
projects. We visited Bacchus Marsh and Navigators, where
the children at the Community Centre gave us a very real
demonstration of the new playground equipment. Judging
by their enthusiasm it is clearly a popular feature for the
A full list of the projects can be found on page 9.
I hope you have a happy winter and don't allow the chilly
temperatures to keep you indoors!
Cr Pat Griffin
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215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
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