Gannawarra Shire would like to advise that Wells Bridge at Benjeroop will be closed to all vehicle traffic from January 30 for approximately 6-8 weeks.
The purpose of the closure is to demolish the existing structure and construction on a new bridge.
Residents are reminded to plan ahead and make alternative arrangements for their travel during this closure period.
For further information, please contact Stuart Patterson on 5450 9333.
Gannawarra Shire Council would like to inform residents that from the 6 February, for a period of up to three weeks, your household may receive a call from an independent market research agency called National Field Services.
Council have commissioned this company to conduct a community satisfaction survey on behalf of the organisation. Similar surveys will be undertaken across Victorian Councils in the coming months. The survey has been designed to assess the performance of the Gannawarra Shire Council across a range of measures to identify ways to provide improvement or more effective service delivery to residents.
The survey will involve approximately 400 interviews conducted among a representative sample of residents.
We appreciate you taking the time to assist us with your valuable feedback.
Please be assured that your details and individual responses are confidential. Only the overall results are shared with Council.
If you have any questions, please contact Council on 5450 9333.
More people have died during extreme heat than in any natural disaster. In the 2009 Victorian heatwave 374 people died and almost 80%of these were over 65 years of age. This year, we’re expecting a hot summer, and that could mean more deaths and illness from extreme heat.
During extreme heat it is easy to become dehydrated or for your body to overheat. If this happens, you may develop heat cramps, heat exhaustion or even heatstroke. Heatstroke is a medical emergency which can result in permanent damage to your vital organs, or even death, if not treated immediately.
With heatwaves becoming a regular feature of the Victorian summer, it’s important to plan ahead and consider how you can look after yourself and others when the extreme heat hits.
There are simple things you can do to stay safe in the heat:
- Drink water - even if you don't feel thirsty, drink water. Take a bottle with you always.
- Hot cars kill - never leave kids, adults or pets in hot cars. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
- Keep cool - seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light and loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
- Plan ahead - schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat. If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
- Help others - look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.
If you or anyone you know feels unwell on a hot day call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24, or call 000 in an emergency.
For more information visit betterhealth.vic.gov.au/heat
For all current flood warnings and emergency information please visit Victorian SES or call 132 500
Additional information can be found here.
Emergency Management Victoria website
Road Closures - VicRoads
Weather Warnings and River Heights - Bureau of Meteorology
Live River Data click here
Farm Recovery after flood click here
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
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
Chief Executive Officer
As listed in the Victoria Government Gazette, G39, 29 September 2016
Public Notice Roadside Trading(PDF, 175KB)
Section 139 of the Local Government Act 1989 (the Act) requires that each Council establish an Audit Committee. The Audit Committee is a formally appointed independent Advisory Committee of Council.
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.
The Audit Committee will consist of five (5) members, comprised as follows:
- Three (3) suitably qualified independent representatives
- Two (2) Councillors
The Chief Executive Officer and Director Corporate Services are not members but should attend meetings in an advisory capacity. Council’s Auditors (both internal and external) will be invited to attend meetings as required to present their reports and findings in an advisory capacity.
- Independent Representative:Vacancy (due to retirement of Lui Basile)
- Independent Representative: Deanne Van Der Drift
- Independent Representative: Alan Darbyshire
- Councillor: Cr Brian Gibson
- Councillor: Cr Jodie Basile
The Audit Committee Charter:
The Audit Committee has a Charter that outlines the key duties and responsibilities of the Audit Committee along with the governance framework surrounding the Audit Committee.Audit Committee Charter GSC Nov 2016(PDF, 130KB)
Skills, Qualifications and Experience:
The following are desirable key qualities of an Independent Representative:
- Financial literacy and if possible, business, accounting and/or financial qualifications
- Knowledge of local government operations and the environment in which it operates
- Strong communications skills
- High level of personal integrity and ethics
Allowance \ Remuneration:
Independent members receive an allowance of $1,100p.a. which is paid annually. This allowance is reviewed by Council annually; noting no allowance is provided for travelling, accommodation or any other out of pocket expenses.
- Applications should be lodged in writing and will be received up to the close of business on Friday 31 March 2017.
- All applications must include a cover letter along with a brief resume outlining relevant skills, experience and qualifications
- All applications must be addressed to:
Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 287
Kerang Vic 3579
In accordance with the Audit Committee Charter the evaluation of the potential new member will be undertaken by the Chief Executive Officer and the Mayor, taking into account the experience of candidates and their likely ability to apply appropriate analytical and strategic management skills. A recommendation for appointment is then formally put to Council.