Public Notices

1. Triple J's adventures in Cohuna

Triple J's Veronica and Lewis came to Cohuna for some keys - and they weren't going to leave town without them!

Their visit consisted of having to complete a series of challenges, in order for Mayor Brian to deem them worthy of the 'Keys to Cohuna', so off they set to undertake five challenges being:

- An early morning jump into the Gunbower Creek

- A ride on Elliot's bus

- Inspire the local roos

- Be our love doctors

- Perform a miracle

Footage and images of their adventures is below - enjoy!

Challenge 1: Jump into Gunbower Creek

Challenge 2: Take a ride on Elliot's bus

Challenge 3 & 4: Be our love doctors and inspire the local roos

Challenge 5: Perform a miracle

With all five challenges complete, Mayor Brian made his final verdict...... and they got it!!

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2. Victoria Street, Kerang upgrade works

Above: Kerang CBD Progress October 2017

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.

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

Image below: 3D of how the Victoria Street upgrade will look on completion

Victoria Street Kerang

 

Friday 8 December 2017 update -

This week paving has been completed between the Court House driveway and Chino's and progress made on the driveway paving as well.

The pedestrian paving will be washed and sealed today with grouting planned for Monday/Tuesday which will hopefully allow us to open the area and crossing over the road on Wednesday.

Concrete kerb has been poured in front of the Post Office which now allows us to finish this pod.

Over the weekend soil will be added to the last pods in front of the Post Office and the Plaza on Saturday while repairs to the southern end on the sealed road will be carried out on Sunday morning.  Both of these tasks will require the street to be closed to vehicles for a few hours.

Next week paving will continue in the driveway and also moving across in front of the Post Office.  As paving progresses small sections will be left bare to allow for the memorial seat to be reinstalled.

Fit out of the electricals will take place and work will continue on the decking and custom seating.

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3. Mobile Blackspots 

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

4. 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

5. 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

   

6. Declaration of Boating ctivity exemption - Lake Charm

Gannawarra Shire Council, as the declared waterway manager for the waters of Lake Charm under the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Act), makes the following declaration under Section 203(3) of the Act. 

For the purposes of the boating activity by Ski Racing Victoria at Lake Charm vessels and persons participating in the Ski Racing Victoria 2017/2018 series of events detailed in Table 1 are exempt from:

  1. The requirements to operate a vessel at a speed not exceeding 5 knots within 50 metres of a person in the water, as detailed in Clause 2(a) of the Notice under Section 15(2) of the Marine Act 1988 (Vic);
  2. The requirements to operate a vessel at a speed not exceeding 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel, as detailed in Clause 2(c) of the Notice under Section 15(2) of the Marine Act 1988 (Vic);
  3. The requirements of Clause 139.9(a)(b) of Schedule 139 (Lake Charm) in relation to the area prohibited to vessels (provided all vessels maintain a speed that minimizes wash when in this area).
  4. The requirements of Regulations 96(6), 100(3), 101(3), 103, 104(1) and 104(2) of the Marine Safety Regulations 2012, in respect to the requirement to carry and wear a PFD for persons on board a vessel, requirement for persons being towed to wear a PFD, and requirement for master to ensure PFDs are worn.  This exemption only applies to competing vessel occupants wearing a Lifeline Comp Vest PN170, and water-skiers wearing a Ski Racing Australia approved buoyant wetsuit.
  5. The requirements of Regulation 96 (5) of the Marine Safety Regulations 2012, in respect to the requirement to carry a bucket with lanyard and waterproof buoyant torch. This applies to competing vessels only.

The exemptions apply for the times and dates listed in Table 1, provided that the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the Event Application and associated documentation are adhered to.

BY ORDER OF GANNAWARRA SHIRE COUNCIL

Table 1 – Ski Racing Victoria 2017/2018 events

Event

Dates

Times

Point score 1

16 and 17 September 2017

6.00 am to 6.00 pm each day

Point score 3

2 and 3 December 2017 - cancelled

6.00 am to 6.00 pm each day

Point score 4

20 and 21 January 2018

6.00 am to 6.00 pm each day

Point score 5

24 and 25 February 2018

6.00 am to 6.00 pm each day

 

7. Notice of Boating Activity Exclusion Zone - Lake Charm

In accordance with Section 208(2) of the Marine Safety Act 2010, Gannawarra Shire Council hereby gives notice that all persons and vessels not registered to take part in the Ski Racing Victoria 2017/2018 series of events listed in Table 1, are prohibited from entering or remaining in the waters of Lake Charm.

Gannawarra Shire Council has determined that this activity exclusion zone is a necessary measure to ensure the proposed activity can occur in the safest possible manner.

Table 1 – Ski Racing Victoria 2017/2018 events

Event

Date

Time

Point Score 1

16 and 17 September 2017

6.00am to 6.00 pm each day

Point Score 3

2 and 3 December 2017 - cancelled

6.00am to 6.00 pm each day

Point Score 4

20 and 21 January 2018

6.00am to 6.00 pm each day

Point Score 5

24 and 25 February 2018

6.00am to 6.00 pm each day

 

BY ORDER OF GANNAWARRA SHIRE COUNCIL