APRIL 2016
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WEST WIMMERA SHIRE 
Message from our CEO

In the time since the last edition of the West Wimmera Wire was published, a number of significant water related activities have occurred.

A council delegation, which included Mayor Annette Jones, Cr Richard Wait and I, attended a meeting with the State Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water the Hon Lisa Neville MP, to advocate for infrastructure investment in the Shire to deliver a secure water supply.  

We discussed a number of subjects including, the use of all available water resources in a networked fashion that will improve delivery of water, providing a secure domestic supply to townships, ensuring that investigations are undertaken with a growth factor built into them and ensuring that the West Wimmera Shire Council and the community are engaged in any discussions. more....

Whilst the meeting was underway the Premier announced funding for a feasibility study into the construction of a pipeline into West Wimmera as well as areas adjacent to Ararat, where secure and safe supplies of water are not currently provided. The allocation of funds is welcomed and supported by Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water (GWM Water) who were also in attendance at the meeting.. 

DRAFT BUDGET 2016-17
The draft 2016-17 budget will be released in the coming weeks for community feedback, before being endorsed by the end of June. 


All of Local Government is now operating in a financial environment where revenue is restricted. The rate capping framework, also known as the “Fair Go Rates” system which caps rate increases at 2.5% is now in force and a number of funding programs such as Local Government Infrastructure Program & Country Roads and Bridges have been discontinued.  The sector is required to be extremely pro-active in identifying savings to enable service levels to remain as they are. Nationally, the federal government has also frozen the indexation on Federal Assistance Grants for three years, which will have a detrimental effect on Council revenue for a long period. 

ANZAC DAY
ANZAC Day ceremonies were held across the shire this week honoring the service and sacrifice
 of the original ANZACs, and the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have defended our values and freedoms, in wars, conflicts and peace operations. The significance of this day is rightfully increasing each year with all of the ceremonies well attended. 

An addition to the ANZAC Day activities this year, was the unveiling of a number of plaques across the Shire, which pay tribute to the developers of Soldier Settlement blocks within our region.  The people that developed these parcels of land have been unheralded for many years and it is hoped that these plaques will provide a small but lasting tribute to their contribution to the region. 



Kind regards
David Leahy 

INFRASTRUCTURE 

Roads & Street Maintenance

Victoria's freeway, arterial and municipal road network covers over 150,000 km with responsibility shared between state, local and federal government.

The road network within the Shire has a road hierarchy comprising declared highways, main roads, and local roads. Council has the responsibility to maintain all local roads, streets, footpaths and drains within the Shire.  

Main roads or ‘C’ class roads are the responsibility of Vicroads.  Council does however hold the contract for the maintenance of these roads. Main roads include:

 - Casterton Apsley Road
 - Casterton Edenhope Road
 - Casterton Naracoorte Road
 - Coleraine Edenhope Road
 - Edenhope Penola Road
 - Kaniva Edenhope Road
 - Natimuk Frances Road
 - Nhill Harrow Road
 - Serviceton Nth Telopea Downs Road
 - Western Highway
 - Wimmera Highway
 - Wombelano Road


Issues arising with Council infrastructure can be reported to customer service staff at the Edenhope or Kaniva offices Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, on the council website via the online customer request form or after hours by phoning the shire offices and following the prompts. Edenhope 5585 9900 | Kaniva 5392 7700. 

Any issues arising with roads managed by Vicroads are to be reported to Roads, Faults or Queries | 13 11 70. more....



Property Access & Driveways

Who is responsible for maintaining your property and driveway access?

Under the Road Management Act 2004, it is the property owners’ responsibility to maintain and provide access to their own property.  This includes maintaining gravel driveways, installation and maintenance of culvert crossings where needed and concrete type crossovers where kerb & channel exists.  

It is the property owners’ responsibility to unblock, maintain and keep culverts in working order.  For new installations, property owners must contact the relevant road authority for a guide and design criteria specific to its situation and use.

Terry Ough | Works Manger | 5585 9900

MAJOR PROJECTS UPDATE

Kaniva Community Hub

West Wimmera Shire Council was successful in receiving a grant of $495,000 from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to help Victoria’s drought-affected communities, for the Kaniva Community Hub. 

On Wednesday 16 March, approximately 50 people gathered at the Kaniva Recreation Reserve to find out more about the “Kaniva Community Hub” - a project recently announced by the Minister for Regional Development, Hon Jaala Pulford MP.  
  
The Kaniva Community Hub project is an upgrade of facilities at the Kaniva Recreation Reserve which is a hub of social connectivity in Kaniva, being home to four strong sporting clubs as well as being used regularly for functions.

The project includes an upgrade of the power supply that will allow future lighting upgrades to enable night events and an upgrade of the water supply for more efficient and cost effective watering of the existing playing surfaces as well as the future potential for additional playing surfaces. The Community Hub will include a function space seating 100-150 patrons, commercial kitchen and meeting rooms.  It is hoped that the new Hub will help fill the gap for weddings and functions that currently need to source a venue outside of the Shire. 

Planning is well underway for the project to commence in two stages.  The power and water upgrade will be tendered first, allowing for the winter sport season to proceed without interruption.  Construction of the building will commence after the Kaniva A & P Society’s Annual Show in October.  

The total project is estimated to cost $815,400. West Wimmera Shire Council has committed $50,000 and community organisations have pledged over $130,000 to the project.  Approximately $140,000 of in-kind support and fundraising is still required.

A fundraising committee has been formed, led by the Kaniva Leeor United Football Club, to raise these much needed funds. The committee is seeking volunteers and welcomes input from across the community, if you are interested in joining please contact Kylie King | 0417 884 810.  


The construction of the Kaniva Community Hub is an investment that will help retain the local population and increase the livability of Kaniva. more....

If you have any queries, contact Venkat Peteti | General Manager Corporate & Community Services | 5585 9900.

Name: Tracey Bone
Position: Early Years Coordinator
Start Date: 26 April 2016
Location: Kaniva
Hobbies/Favourite Things: Travel, Exercise, Reading
Name: Eithne Southall (Enya)
Position: Home and Community Care Administration Officer
Start Date: 7 March 2016
Location: Edenhope
Hobbies/Favourite Things: Netball
Agricultural news

WIMMERA WEATHER RADAR
The Wimmera Weather Radar project has been successful in gaining funding from both State and Federal Governments. 

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has been commissioned to build a Doppler radar in the Wimmera region, using $8.25 million in joint State and Federal Government funding announced on Wednesday
 more... 


EXTENSION OF STOCK CONTAINMENT AREAS PROGRAM 
Eligible farmers will receive financial assistance of up to $2,000 for each stock containment area (SCA), with a maximum of three SCAs, or $6,000 per farm property.

Advice on the design and location of the SCA is available as well as information on livestock management, water quality and erosion management. Wimmera CMA | 03 5382 1544 


FARM RISK MANAGEMENT GRANTS PROGRAM
The Farm Risk Management Grants program will provide eligible farm businesses with grants up to $10,000 to develop a business plan and then implement identified infrastructure or skills needed to improve risk management practices and overall farm performance. The program will open on 1 July 2016. more....
Grants

$100,000 IN GRANTS FOR REGIONAL PROJECTS
Grants are available to pilot the ideas from the Heywire Regional Youth Summit. The ideas target issues such as racism, gender equality, ICE use, employment for people with disabilities, youth disengagement and tourism. Check out all the ideas and apply now!  more... 


LANDCARE AUSTRLIA SPECIAL PROJECTS GRANTS 2016
Open: Monday 18 April 2016
Close: 5.00 pm EST Friday 20 May

Landcare Australia is offering grants to farming and Landcare groups to undertake projects that protect environmental assets, address priority issues and improve the health of the environment.
Groups are invited to apply for a grant of up to $15,000 (ex. GST) to support projects that focus one of the following areas:
• Biodiversity and threatened species; and
• Sustainable Agriculture.

For more information, login (or sign up if you're not already a member) to the
Landcare Australia Communities Portal.

SHOW ME THE MONEY!
Do you have a project in mind? Does your group need financial assistance? Would you like help filling in a grant application?

Council’s Economic Development team can help you. We would love to have a chat with you about your ideas and help you find grants that might assist in delivering outcomes for your group. We can also provide advice on how to submit successful grant applications.

Please contact Heidi Gajic or Kellie Jordan at the Council office to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Check out the
grant highlight page on the council website for highlights and links to grant opportunities.

 
Community service announcements

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR THE VICTORIAN DISABILITY ADVISORY BOARD
The Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, the Hon. Martin Foley MP, is pleased to invite applications from Victorian residents who have a disability or are a carer of a person with a disability to become members of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council .

This is an exciting opportunity to advise the Minister on initiatives to increase the participation of people with a disability in the Victorian community.

The Council is established under the Disability Act 2006. Members are appointed by the Governor-in-Council for up to three years from 1 July 2016.

Applications are due by 4.00 pm on 7 May 2016 via the
Get On Board website.
Communications

UPDATE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS
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
communications@westwimmera.vic.gov.au
1 May 2016

Youth Art @ Charlegrark
Lake Charlegrark  more....
6 May 2016

Unveiling Soldier Settlement Memorial
Benayo Hall  more....
6 May 2016

City Girl, Country Girl Book Launch
Hermitage Hotel, Harrow  more....
10 May 2016

Rhyme Time with Rachel Farran
Edenhope Library  more....
12 May 2016

Meet Author Tricia Stringer
Goroke Hotel & Bistro  more....
14 May 2016

Goroke Spectacular
Goroke Hall  more....
18 May 2016

Gloria's Handbag
Harrow Bush Nursing Centre  more....
21 May - 11 June 2016

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

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

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

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

Di Giorgio Family Wines Apsley Cup
Edenhope Racecourse  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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