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This edition of Moorabool Matters enables me to reflect on
the year that was to 30 June and to give you a sense of the
new year ahead of us.
Our engineering team has yet again delivered a very large
capital works program. 97% of projects have been delivered
on time and on budget. This was also in the context of a
working through $17 million of flood recovery works that
have been funded by the state government. The details are
set out on pages 4 and 5.
The budget for 2012/13 has been adopted by council and
you will have now received your rates notice. No one likes
to receive the annual notice and council is very aware that we
need to continue to deliver value for money.
The year ahead will see your money spent on increased
resources for outdoor teams that will result in improved
presentation of public areas, a traffic study to help plan the
way forward for congestion in Bacchus Marsh and a new
mobile library model which will also enable residents to gain
access to other council service contacts and ask questions on
any aspect of council.
Work will also commence on preliminary planning for
possible future sewerage in some of sour smaller towns in
the west. We have also provided funding for detailed planning
for future social and recreational needs of our growing
communities across the shire.
Tourism in the shire is booming as evidenced by increased
visitor numbers. The details are on page 6. This is consistent
with a recent report to council on the Feast of March debrief
which sets out the range of exciting tourist opportunities in
all parts of the Shire.
Finally, the literacy trail annual event will be held this week
(August 30) and this is a fantastic celebration for all of our
school children and those young at heart. Check out our
report on page 15.
Chief Executive Officer
In October, the Moorabool Community will elect new Shire
Councillors for the next four years through a postal ballot
conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission. In the next
few months, some of our citizens will make the important decision
to stand for Council and put themselves forward to be your local
representative, and they will state their vision for our future and
endeavour to win your support.
This new Council will bring new ideas and strive to bring about
change and progress, and along the journey will be excited,
passionate, frustrated and often impatient. They will also be
criticised, sometimes abused, but often satisfied when they
have stood up for their Community and achieved the collective
goals. They will learn to work through the maze that is Local
Government and to reach consensus with their Councillor
colleagues to make decisions when it counts. They will also
discover that being a Councillor is not always about doing what
some in the community want, but about making some very hard
decisions and do what the community needs.
Over the past two council terms, I have had the honour of
serving my Community and the pleasure of working with a
dedicated group of Councillors, professional and hard working
Council Officers and wonderful Community Volunteers. There
is no doubt that Moorabool Shire is in much better shape now,
with new infrastructure, solid financial management and exciting
plans for our future growth. Twelve months ago we opened
the Lerderderg Library, and while the external look still causes
discussion, the library and community facility have become the
focal point for much of our community activities and has been
utilised and enjoyed by thousands of our residents. Council has
also moved most of the staff into a new site in Darley, and again
this magnificent community facility will grow in use and become a
central hub to service needs for all of us.
The plans in the next year include a comprehensive Community
Centre at Bungaree brought about by the hard work and
determination of that local community. The key future projects
are the Bacchus Marsh Aquatic Centre and the Halletts Way
extension, both well planned, though reliant on funding from State
and Federal Governments. There are also many others
planned projects that the new Council will need
to consider and give final approvals, and the
major issue that the new Council will face is
the pressure that rapid growth brings.
So think hard, when you cast your vote, and
make sure you do vote as we have a great
democracy and you need to be part of it.
Cr Pat Griffin
2 MOORABOOL MATTERS - COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2012
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