Public Notices

1.  Gannawarra Shire Council Plan 2017 – 2021 Proposed Councillor Adjustments

The Gannawarra Shire Council Plan outlines the way Council will work towards achieving its Vision for the future - "Building upon our strengths of people, place and pride to inspire a positive future together", during the period 2017-2021.

In accordance with section 125 of the Local Government Act 1989 (the Act), at least once in each financial year Council considers whether its current Council Plan requires any adjustment in respect of the remaining period of the Plan.

At its meeting on 16 May 2018, Council resolved to endorse the ‘Council Plan 2017 - 2021 - Proposed Councillor Adjustments’ and invite people to make submissions.

Written submissions about the ‘Council Plan 2017 - 2021 - Proposed Councillor Adjustments’ will be considered in accordance with section 223 of the Act and should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Gannawarra Shire Council, PO Box 287, Kerang Vic 3579.

Written submissions must be received at the Council Offices no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 13 June 2018.

Any person who makes a written submission can ask to be heard by the Council in support of their submission or may be represented by a person (who is specified in their submission) to speak on their behalf.

The ‘Council Plan 2017 – 2021 – Proposed Councillor Adjustments’ is available from Council’s website, www.gsc.vic.gov.au or Kerang and Cohuna Customer Service Centres.

Tom O’Reilly
Chief Executive Officer

View the current 2017 - 2021 Council Plan

2. Planning Scheme Review

Gannawarra Shire Council is undertaking a review of the Gannawarra Planning Scheme and is seeking feedback from the local community to help inform the review.

A copy of the feedback form is available here(PDF, 132KB)

In addition two ‘drop in’ sessions will be held for the community to come and speak to Council staff about the current and emerging issues facing the Shire.

The first session will be held in Cohuna at the Cohuna Community Meeting Room on Monday 4th June from 10:30am-12.30pm.

The second session will be held in Kerang at the Kerang Library Meeting Room on Wednesday 6th June from 10:30am-12.30pm.

The consultation period closes 8 June 2018.

 

3. Proposed 2018/19 Budget 

Copies of the Proposed 2018/2019 Budget are available for inspection at the offices of the Gannawarra Shire Council located at 47 Victoria Street, Kerang and 23-25 King Edward Street, Cohuna from Wednesday 25 April 2018 to the close of business Friday 25 May 2018.

Copies may also be inspected on Council’s website at www.gannawarra.vic.gov.au Any person wishing to make a submission on the proposed 2018/2019 Budget can do so by providing their submission in writing via email to council@gannawarra.vic.gov.au , delivering in person at Gannawarra Shire Council offices located at 47 Victoria Street, Kerang or 23-25 King Edward Street, Cohuna or submission may be sent by post to PO Box 287, Kerang VIC 3579.

Any person making a submission is entitled to request in their submission that they wish to appear in person, or be represented by a person specified in their submission, at a special Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 12 June 2018 at 1.00pm in the Council Chambers at 47 Victoria Street, Kerang, at which time submissions will be heard and considered.

Submissions Close at 5.00pm on 25 May 2018.

Council will consider the adoption of the Proposed 2018/2019 Budget at its Ordinary Meeting to be held on Wednesday 27 June 2018 commencing 6:30pm in the Council Chambers, 47 Victoria Street, Kerang.

View Proposed Budget

4. Expression of Interest - Audit Committee Member

Gannawarra Shire Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified persons to join its Audit Committee as an independent representative. It’s an exciting time to become part of Gannawarra… home to Victoria’s first large scale solar farm, a range of new agricultural developments and soon to be Victoria’s nature based tourism destination.

Members of the Audit Committee play a key role in assisting Council to fulfil its governance and overseeing responsibilities, ethical practices and accountability requirements.

The primary objective of the Audit Committee is to assist Council in the effective conduct of its responsibilities for financial reporting, management of risk, maintaining a reliable system of internal controls and facilitating the Council’s ethical development.

Information, including application details, and the Audit Committee Charter can be obtained from Council’s website at www.gannawarra.vic.gov.au or by phoning Richard Morrison, Director Corporate Services on (03) 5450 9333.

Expressions of Interest 2018(PDF, 119KB)

 

5. Victoria Street, Kerang upgrade works

CBD Before & After Drone.jpg

CBD Before & After 1.jpg

Gannawarra Shire Council received $500,000 in funding from the State Government to renew and revitalise the Kerang Business Precinct. 

Draft concept plans went on public exhibition during August 2016 and provided the community with an opportunity to provide feedback. Following this community consultation period, revised concept plans were developed and were made publically available.

There was a high amount of interest and feedback as part of the community consultation and the plans were altered to reflect the key messages received. The main gum tree outside of the Council Chambers remains as it was identified that shade was very important to the community as part of this revitalisation. The tree also provides structure while the new trees become established.

Council adopted the final plans at their Ordinary Council Meeting held in December 2016.

Works commenced on 11 June 2017 with the official opening event taking place on 16 March 2018.

Council sincerely thanks you for your patience throughout time of construction.

Image below: 3D of Victoria Street upgrade

Victoria Street Kerang

 

 

6. Mobile Blackspots 

 http://loddonmallee.com.au/mobile-phone-and-device-blackspot-connectivity-assessment/

7. Support for Local Farmers

Gannawarra Shire Council wishes to provide support to local farmers in need. Please see below relevant documents to assist you.

State Government assistance available

Disaster Assistance for Victorian Floods and Storms

Information regarding disaster assistance available can be found on the Vic Emergency website  or the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website

Please see Drought Support Handout(PDF, 210KB) and Drought Support in Victoria Information for Local Government(PDF, 193KB)

Dairy Farmers - please see the Support Guide for Dairy Farmers(PDF, 185KB) which provides a one stop link for programs, initiatives and events available for dairy farmers and their communities. For further support and advice please visit http://www.dairyfarmercentral.com.au/

The Weekly Times has put together a list of commercial, community, farm, financial, government and social help numbers and websites

The Department of Agriculture has a flyer about the Farm household allowance

 The Look over the farm gate program has been extended. For a current list of events in rural communities click here.

How Council can help

Mental Health Matters(PDF, 819KB)

Gannawarra Local Supports

Financial Counselling - North Western Rural Financial Counselling: 1300 769 489

Generalist Counselling - Northern District Community Health: 5451 0200

Food etc - Cohuna Neighbourhood House: 5456 4666

                - Kerang District Community Centre: 5452 2522

Events - Keep up to date with events in the Gannawarra Shire with Councils Facebook page, Gannawarra Times and Community Newsletters

8. Mosquito Control Program

We love getting outdoors while the weather is warm.  The problem is, so do the mozzies!  Wherever you are, mosquitoes can be a real nuisance and they can also transmit a range of diseases to humans.

Gannawarra Shire Council implements an annual mosquito control program from November to April every year, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services. The program includes the monitoring and treating of public sites as required, as well as trapping and identifying mosquito species in the environment. 

Protect yourself and your family from being bitten:

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk so avoid being outside at these times.

Wear a good quality repellant (those containing DEET or Picaridin are the most effective)

Cover up exposed skin by wearing light coloured, loose fitting clothing.

There are also some simple things that you can do to reduce mosquito breeding around the home:

  • dispose of all tins, tyres and other rubbish containers that may hold water
  • put sand around bases of pot plants to absorb excess water in the dish
  • keep swimming pools full and properly maintained, or empty them
  • overturn boats and dinghies or remove the drain plug so they do not hold water
  • empty flower vases, pot plants and other receptacles that hold water at least once a week
  • drill holes in tyres used for swings, playgrounds and garden surrounds to allow water to drain
  • empty bird baths and pets drinking water at least once a week
  • prevent leaking taps which can maintain semi-permanent pools
  • flush disused outside toilets once a week
  • keep fish ponds stocked with fish
  • remove weeds and grass from drains to enable them to drain freely
  • keep roof guttering in good repair and regularly remove leaves and debris so that pools of water do not form
  • keep lawns and gardens well maintained so that you are not providing shelter for adult mosquitoes.
  • install flywire screens on all windows and place self-closing wire screens on doors
  • check, repair and replace any screens with holes
  • screen all septic tank vents and seal all gaps
  • screen rainwater tanks and ensure guttering is not holding water
  • maintain drains so water can flow away

Council's role in mosquito control
Gannawarra Shire Council implements an annual mosquito control program from November to April each year, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services. The program includes the monitoring and treating of public sites as required, as well as trapping and identifying mosquito species in the environment. 

Further information on Beat The Bite mosquito control or contact Council’s Environmental Health Services on (03) 5450 9333

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/mosquitoes-can-carry-diseases

Chief Executive Officer