MAY 2016
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Message from our CEO

On Tuesday 24 May the member for Mallee, the Hon Andrew Broad was in the shire to announce access to the federal government’s Drought Communities Program in the order of $1.5 million for West Wimmera.

These funds are to be utilised on community projects that can make a difference. A suggested list of projects was provided to Mr Broad and all have met with approval. 
  • Edenhope Hall
  • Goroke - Gateway to the Little Desert and Playspace
  • Harrow Recreation Reserve upgrades
  • Kaniva Hall Redevelopment
  • Lake Charlegrark upgrades 
We look forward to the commencement of these projects and thank Mr Broad for advocating strongly on our behalf to receive recognition at federal level. more....

In the time since the last newsletter, a lot has happened in local government circles with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) state Council meeting in early May. 

At the state council, the West Wimmera Shire Council moved a motion to advocate for the return of the Local Government Infrastructure Program (LGIP). This motion was passed unanimously and no one questioned the motion in any way. 

The LGIP funds were provided by the State Government and were “as of right” funds for Shires and Councils to spend on local infrastructure projects. The removal of this fund and the loss of a four year program, known as Country Roads and Bridges, has created a severe funding shortfall for small Councils like ours. 

The effect it has on the West Wimmera budget is around $1.3M to the negative each year, this coupled with the freeze on the indexation of federal assistance grants has placed genuine pressure on rural Local Government as a sector. 

Kind regards
David Leahy 


Roadside Weeds & Pest Program

West Wimmera Shire Council is continuing to deliver the roadside pest and weed program across the municipality.
Over the next several weeks you may see the contractor fumigating the rabbits and finishing up with some spraying of weeds on council controlled roadsides. The contractor is working his way from the south to the north. 

Due to the vast size of the Shire, the sparseness of burrows and the high roadside conservation status in some areas, the fumigation process is the most cost effective way of delivering rabbit control with the least impact on the environment.

Council has completed the Chetwynd rabbit works program in conjunction with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). This area, north of Chetwynd, was identified by the DEDJTR as a priority area and all property owners have been requested to conduct rabbit mitigation on their properties.

Council is also working with the Kaniva District and Telopea Downs Landcare groups, who have identified the Miram South Road and the roadsides at Telopea Downs for roadside rabbit works to be undertaken. These roadsides will be ripped as they have large infestation of rabbits in  close proximity. 

As with all types of works with rabbits and weeds it is a joint venture between property owners and land managers. The property owners at Miram South and Telopea Downs have undergone a large rabbit poisoning program and with Council following up with the roadside ripping it is hoped that this will ensure a successful program for this area.

The State government is expected to release the new RHDV1-K5 rabbit virus in the spring of 2016 or autumn 2017, this will undoubtedly benefit all landholders and the environment.

We seek your assistance in identifying rabbit warrens on roadsides adjoining your property. If you are aware of areas that require control, please contact council with exact locations of rabbit warrens. The program is currently in operation and will continue over the coming weeks.


Kaniva Community Hub

The Kaniva Sporting Complex had been shortlisted for funding in the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP).

The Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, has confirmed that the Kaniva Sporting Complex’s application to the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) has made the shortlist and the project is currently being assessed for final approval by the Department of Infrastructure. The Kaniva Sporting Club has applied for $5219.00 and is the first project for the Wimmera and Mallee, to be assessed for Round Two of the SCP. more....


Youth Art @ Charlegrark 2016

It was a cool wet start to Youth Art @ Charlegrark for 2016 the wettest start to Youth Art in the four years it has been running and some would say that is a blessing!!

Despite the cool start to the day there were a great number of runners that took part in Paint the Lake; a fun start to this annual event. Aunty Nancy opened the day with a Welcome to Country. 
Best dressed awards went to Prudence Munn and Tiarnee Dyer, who took part dressed in Grecian togas. The fun continued and the atmosphere for the day was set as DJ Will pumped out the tunes across they lake for the runners and the sun began to shine.

Master of Ceremonies, Tyler Hayden from the Goroke College, did a marvellous job of keeping the proceedings moving. Attendees were entertained throughout the day by very talented local young people from across the shire, who relished the opportunity to perform. The Kaniva "Can Move" Dance Troupe danced up a storm and Diamond Duo entertained the crowd with a highly polished, humorous performance, showing off their amazing circus skills.

Diamond Duo also hosted a circus skills workshop, producing many laughs as the participants attempted to juggle and hoola hoop. Richard Lavender led two extremely popular street art workshops, showing budding and established artists how to work with the paint effectively, creating some interesting works.

This year Youth Art was lucky enough to host Gail Harradine from the Wurega Aboriginal Corporation. Gail hosted workshops on making possum skin bracelets and bush toys. There was a variety of artists working on their art throughout the day, giving the crowds the opportunity to observe and ask questions. The 2016 Artist in Residence was Lillieth Guise, a student from the Kaniva College.

The art display in Crabtree Hall included works contributed by Kaniva, Edenhope and Goroke Colleges and was a popular drawcard to the public.

The fun continued throughout the day with a variety of activities for all ages to experience. The Dragon Boat Club from Bordertown held a 'come and try' day, while others chose to battle it out in the inflatable boxing ring or tackle the giant slide. Wimmera Uniting Care’s community bus was in attendance, inviting young people to write down what they would like to achieve in their future and what they want for their communities.

West Wimmera Shire Council would sincerely like to thank everyone who assisted with organisation of the event and those that participated and attended to make the day a success.  It was a great effort!


Dorodong Road Bridge Upgrade

The Dorodong Road bridge upgrade, one of Council's major capital works projects for 2015-16 has recently been completed by contractors SMB Civil.

Work commenced on the bridge upgrade in January 2016 after the contract was awarded to SMB Civil, a Mount Gambier based company, in December 2015. 

This project involved the removal of the existing narrow bridge and installation of a multi cell box culvert including guardrail and associated roadworks. This important upgrade will improve road conditions with a widened bridge for both locals road
 users and the timber industry who use this section of our road network. 


My Aged Care is coming your way!

My Aged Care is your one-stop-shop for aged care services and information in Australia.

My Aged Care provides you with information:

  • on different types of aged care services
  • about your eligibility for services and how we can help you find local services
  • on assessments and referrals to providers that can meet your needs 
  • about the cost of your aged care services, including fee estimators.
When you call the My Aged Care contact centre, you will be asked for your consent to create a personalised client record.

Your record will include up-to-date information on your needs and the results of any assessments or any services that you receive. Having a client record will reduce the number of times you need to retell your story. Only you, your nominated representative, your assessor and service providers will be able to access relevant information in your record.

If you are already receiving aged care services you do not have to contact My Aged Care unless your circumstances or care needs change.

For further information call the My Aged Care contact centre 1800 200 422.
My Aged Care contact centre operates:
8am to 8pm Monday to Friday
10am to 2pm on Saturday
Closed on public holidays.

Home and Community Care (HACC) will change to Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) from the 1st of July 2016, but the service delivery team are still the same people

Heather Cupples | HACC Team Leader
Jo Grant | HACC 
Enya Southall | HACC Administration
Kaye Robinson | Living at Home Assessment Officer
Contact 03 5585 9900


Goroke Spectacular 2016

Wanda Jackson - Queen of the Little Desert and John Taylor entertained a crowd at the Goroke Town Hall raising funds for the Goroke Preschool.

People traveled from far and wide to see the Goroke Spectacular on 14 May,  including a bus from Melbourne as well as people from Horsham, Natimuk, Edenhope and Nhill. The crowd was treated to an evening of "spectacular" entertainment; one of the stand out moments being when Wander wowed the crowd with the song “In Gorokie”. The spectacular show continued with Wanda’s partner John paying tribute to the late David Bowie performing one of his many hits. 

Each year Wander generously donates the monies raised from the show to different charities. This year she chose to donate all the funds to Goroke Preschool.

The donation will go towards a new microphone/ dock/ karaoke machine for the preschoolers. This will provide the children with the opportunity to experience singing and performing, developing their self esteem and confidence on stage. Several new technological devices will also be purchased for the children, which will be used to research topics of interest as well as enabling the children to experience using technology.

We are so privileged to have such a philanthropic and talented entertainer in our local town. 


Education Week 15 - 21 May 2016  

Technology – Create your future!!

Thanks to a generous donation from a community member during Education Week, Goroke Kindergarten will be able to purchase new technological equipment.

This will assist children achieve learning outcomes by enabling experimenting with different technologies and to use these information and communication technologies to investigate and problem solve.


Kaniva Hall

Investigations continue.....

Preliminary investigation has been undertaken with the storm water system. More geotechnical investigation will be required to see if there is any void underneath the ground.

Further investigation into the water main is also required. This will be undertaken in the near future.

Community - Tips and Hints

Creating a great and easily accessible Sponsorship Proposal is imperative for community members to be able to approach potential sponsors on behalf of your club. 

Once you have created your sponsorship proposal document, save it to the club website so that members can easily access it at any time and it can be constantly referred to in club communication such as email newsletters, social media and even other pages of the website.

It is important that everybody talking to potential sponsors understands the examples and information contained in any sponsorship proposal are simply a guide and a starting point for discussions.

The proposal should be professional and contain the following:
•    Photos and contact details
•    Club background and history
•    Membership, numbers and details
•    Audience and the ability for the club to communicate with these groups.
•    Traditional and social media details and audience numbers
•    Social and fundraising events
•    Future plans and goals
•    President’s message
•    Sponsorship options (for example Gold, Silver, Bronze etc)

Further information, tips and hints for grass roots sporting clubs is available by visiting

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Essential to support economic and social growth, West Wimmera businesses and residents demand fast and reliable networks. Benefits to local businesses include access new markets, reduce costs and opportunities for innovation. Improved social connectedness, increased skills and opportunities for potential entrepreneurs, are outcomes of fast and reliable internet for West Wimmera communities.

Some areas of West Wimmera are included on the NBN roll out schedule, for both fixed wireless and fixed line services. A fixed wireless service is already available in Apsley. Other areas included in the schedule are expected to commence in 2017.

For those areas that are not included in the roll out schedule, access to the Sky Muster Satellite service is now available.
Community service announcements

The Victorian Government offers a number of concessions designed to assist and improve the affordability of essential services including domestic rates, water, energy and gas bills for low-income Victorian households.

For further information on Victorian Concessions please download the
Victorian Concessions brochure visit the Department of Health & Human Services website or contact the Concessions Information Line on 1800 658 521 (toll free). 


Ensure that your business or organisation is:
• informed of upcoming grants
• advised of changes to permits and requirements
• advised of training opportunities
• kept informed of council programs
• promoted to visitors, existing and new residents.

We will be launching our online Community and Business Directories in the coming months so please update your details now.

Contact the shire office in Edenhope | 5585 9900 or Kaniva | 5392 7700

Stand for Council

Could you be a Councillor?

Elections are just around the corner for the West Wimmera Shire Council and Chief Executive Officer, David Leahy encourages community-minded citizens to consider standing for council. 

West Wimmera Shire Council is holding Candidate Information Sessions to provide more information about:
  • The role and purpose of local government
  • Councillors' roles, responsibilities & expectations
  • The municipal area
  • The electoral processes
  • Councillors' experiences
Wednesday 27 July 2016, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Edenhope Council Chamber, 49 Elizabeth Street, Edenhope

Thursday 28 July 2016, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Goroke Memorial Hall, Main Street, Goroke

Friday 29 July 2016, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Kaniva Council Chamber, 25 Baker Street, Kaniva

Further information is available on the Council website or contact Elizabeth Matuschka | 03 5585 9900 |
21 May - 11 June 2016

Apsley Racing Art Competition Exhibition
Red Tail Gallery, Edenhope  more....
28 May 2016

The Old Fella
Apsley Town Hall more....
5 June 2016

Women's Empowerment Day
Edenhope Football Club  more....
6 June 2016

Parenting Skills Workshop
Elsie Bennett Centre, Edenhope more....
7 June 2016

Learning to Bloom
Edenhope Mechanics Hall more....
7 June 2016

Rhyme Time with Rachel Farran
Edenhope Library more....
9 June 2016

More Women in Local Government
Horsham Rural City Council more....
11 June 2016

Black Tie Ball 2016
Harrow Hall  more....
11 June 2016

Tour De Frances
Apsley to Frances more....
12 June 2016

Di Giorgio Family Wines Apsley Cup
Edenhope Racecourse  more....
15 June 2016

All Sausage and No Sizzle
Elsie Bennett Centre, Edenhope more....
17 June 2016

Denis Crawford Good Bus VS Bad Bugs
Kaniva LINK Neighborhood House more....
21 June 2016

Rhyme Time with Rachel Farran
Edenhope Library  more....
To promote your event on the Council events calendar and Facebook page submit you event details on our website or contact Amanda Munn | 5392 7700.more....
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