MARCH 2016
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Message from our New CEO

Welcome to the first West Wimmera Shire Council online newsletter. In order for the Shire to be able to provide the information that the readers require, we are keen to receive feedback on items that the subscribers wish to read about.

I would like to commence by thanking everyone from the various towns throughout our broader community who have welcomed me to the region.It has been just over six weeks since I moved here with my family from Swan Hill and it has been a great time of year to be here. The number of events that have occurred over the last six weeks has enabled us to witness the strength of the various communities.

During the week of 15-17 March the Shire was represented as part of a Wimmera region delegation to Canberra by the Mayor Annette Jones and myself. The purpose of the delegation was to raise regionally significant issues with Federal Ministers and Shadow Ministers. The topics discussed included, drought conditions funding including the criteria to declare a community as remote, Local Government funding, NBN roll out - specifically the connection of Kaniva to the main fibre service, mobile coverage, Wimmera weather radar station and Roads to Recovery Funding.

The majority of the meetings were with senior advisors to ministers from the Government and we were fortunate to meet with two shadow ministers from the opposition. A number of the discussions were followed up immediately by the advisors and some positive responses provided, particularly regarding a regional weather radar facility.

Thanks must go to the Member for Mallee the Hon Andrew Broad MP and his team for coordinating the appointments and hosting the delegation in their parliamentary office. Mr Broad also provided us with his time to summarise the various discussions which enabled him to further advocate on the regions behalf.

I hope you enjoy reading the online newsletter and the information contained in it is of benefit to you.

Kind regards
David Leahy 

Calling for Nominations
Agricultural Advisory Group

Council's Economic Development Unit seeks to form advisory groups to meet, discuss and investigate issues and opportunities relating to primary production and agriculture within West Wimmera.

Council is now calling for persons who are involved with or would represent a key primary production and/or agricultural industry to submit a nomination to participate in the groups.

Submissions can be made via email or post PO Box 201, Edenhope VIC 3318. Please include a brief statement addressing your background and suitability for the group. Please forward your submission ASAP.

Enquiries should be directed to Kellie Jordan | Manager of Economic Development | 03 5392 7700.


Kaniva Hall

West Wimmera Shire Council has initiated an investigation into damage to the Kaniva Hall.

The Kaniva Hall has suffered structural damage to the south-west corner where the later addition to the original hall is subsiding and breaking away from the main section.

Council has begun investigating the reasons for the break-away to identify the underlying factors causing the damage so that appropriate repairs can be planned.

Council closed access to the damaged section of the building following an assessment by a structural engineer for obvious safety reasons.  Access to upstairs and the old Shire Offices in the south-west corner will be strictly prohibited until further notice. 
The Kaniva Hall is still available for public functions, but with conditions. Prior to organising any functions, please contact Council as early as possible to discuss these conditions and ensure you do not advertise an event that you later decide you would prefer at a different location. 
Council will determine adjustments to the current Capital Works Program once a full report on the damage is prepared, with the likelihood that some other projects will be deferred in order to repair the Kaniva  Hall.

The Kaniva Hall is a great architectural example of Kaniva's early history and an important landmark for the township.

If you have any queries, contact Robyn Evans | General Manager Infrastructure Development and Works | 03 5585 9900


Journey to the G

The Mullagh Wills Foundation “Journey to the G”  was launched in Harrow on Sunday 13th March

The "Journey to the G" celebrates 1868 First XI, the Aboriginal cricketers who toured England and who were the first Australian cricketers to travel overseas. 

A message book and message stick will travel from Harrow via 10 western Victorian municipalities to the Melbourne Cricket Ground marking 150 years since the 1866 Aboriginal cricket team from western Victoria played the Melbourne Cricket Club on Boxing Day at the MCG. more....


Streetscape Scheme

Applications are invited from business operators and building owner for assistance to upgrade the appearance of buildings' facades within the main street localities and to improve accessibility to premises.

The purpose of the West Wimmera Streetscape Scheme program is to beautify the region's local shopping precincts by improving the streetscape and ensuring universal access. Through providing financial assistance the program aims to develop a stronger partnership between Council and building owners and business operators in making overall improvements to the main streets.

Contact Kellie Jordan | Manager of Economic and Business Development | 03 5392 7700 more....

From the Ranger

Bees and wasps can be a problem in West Wimmera Shire. European wasps are similar to bees but have conspicuous lemon-yellow banded markings on their black body. They can sting repeatedly and tend to become aggressive when threatened.

Council is not responsible for the eradication of European Wasps unless they are on Council or public property. Eradication of nests on private property is the responsibility of the owner, contact a licensed Pest Controller to remove it.

There has been an increase in complaints about dogs wandering at large. While it is not mandated that dogs be kept on a lead owners are required to have effective control of their dog at all times. more... 
Council happenings

Round 2 2015-16 Community Strengthening Grants has just closed. The next round of Community Strengthening grants will open on 4 July 2016. We encourage you to discuss possible projects contact Heidi Gajic | 03 5585 9900.  more... 

West Wimmera Shire Council is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2017 Women on Farms Gathering (WOFG) in Harrow on March 24 to 26 2017.

The 2016 WOFG hosted in Hopetoun attracted over 180 women from all over Victoria, celebrating the contribution women make to the agriculture and rural communities.

For further information or to become involved contact Heidi Gajic | 03 5585 9900.  more...
Community service announcements

Victorians can save money on their power bills with the recent launch of a new independent online comparison tool Victorian Energy Compare. 

Launched by Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio, the tool allows Victorians to enter in details from or a recent bill their smart meter and some information about their energy usage to find the best generally available offers in under 10 minutes.

Of those that have already used Victorian Energy Compare to compare offers, 90 per cent have found electricity offers that could save them money, with half of the users finding offers that could save them more than $700 per year across gas and electricity.   

Figures show that the average Victorian household spends about $2,800 on energy bills every year, which represents up to about seven per cent of income for lower income households. 

Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group is in the process of developing the regional waste and resource recovery implementation plan – in consultation with local and state government, industry, and now…with you.

Our regional implementation plan aims to map out what we need to do over the next 10 years in order to better manage our region’s waste and maximise resource recovery. This is your opportunity to have a say about waste and resource recovery, issues, needs and priorities.

Community Consultation will be held in the second half of April. Community forums and other feedback opportunities will be listed on our website by the end of March.

Local Council Elections are held every four years, and the next Council will be elected on 22 October 2016.
Now is the time to start thinking about putting your hand up for this important role, to become an elected representative of West Wimmera Shire Council.
Or you might know someone who would be ideal for the role, and just needs some encouragement and someone they can talk it through with. More information will be made available in the coming months. 

To 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 update you details now.

Contact the shire office in Edenhope | 5585 9900 or Kaniva | 5392 7700
3 April 2016

Peter Coad & the Coad Sisters 
Edenhope Golf Club  more....
10 April 2016

Girls Day Out - Food, Fashion & Fun
Harrow Hall  more....
1 May 2016

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

Goroke Spectacular
Goroke Hall  more....
12 June 2016

Di Giorgio Family Wines Apsley Cup
Edenhope Racecourse  more....
To promote your event on the Council events calendar and Facebook page submit you event details on the website or contact Amanda Munn | 03 5392 7700. more....
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