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Consultation - Have Your Say

Council values your comments towards its plans and projects for the future.

Have your say on Chewton Community Centre

The community is encouraged to have a say on the future of the Chewton Community Centre. Council is considering the option of selling the building due to the high cost of restoration.

The former church on Main Street in Chewton is in a poor state of repair with rising damp and termite damage, and has been closed to the public for a number of years due to safety risks. The estimated cost for Council to restore and maintain the building as a public facility is more than half a million dollars.

Have your say by making a submission before 5.00pm on Tuesday 27 June.

Submissions should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450, or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au titled Chewton Community Centre.

Submitters who wish to speak in support of their submission will be heard at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on 18 July 2017, commencing at 6.30pm at the Civic Centre. For any questions please contact Daniel Borton, Property Portfolio Coordinator on 5471 1700.

Key documents
Chewton Community Centre Report - excerpt from agenda for Ordinary Meeting of Council 16 May 2017.
Council considers future of community building - Media release issued 17 May 2017.
Proposed disposal of Council property - Public notice 17 May 2017.

Have your say on Newstead flood levee design

The community is invited to have its say on the concept design to upgrade the Newstead flood levee to provide a better level of protection for the community.

Following the 2011 floods, Council engaged consultants to assess the condition of the levee, including levee construction material and the flood gate system.

A community information session on Wednesday 10 May will give residents the chance to review the findings from the comprehensive study and proposed changes to strengthen the level of protection.

Participants will be able to view a more detailed plan of the proposed design, ask questions about the condition of the levee including strengths and potential weaknesses, and provide feedback.

What: Newstead Levee Design Community Information Session
When: 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Wednesday 10 May
Where: Newstead Community Centre, 9 Lyons Street, Newstead

Community feedback will be considered before plans for the Newstead levee are finalised in July.

If you prefer to provide written feedback, please send an email with the subject title Newstead Levee to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au by close of business on Friday 12 May.

Read more about the levee and proposed solutions.

Proposed changes to Newstead Levee

More information: Contact Jeran Joseph, Project Engineer, on 5471 1700.

Have your say on animal management

Council is seeking community feedback to guide a new animal management plan in the shire. The Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021 will address animal management services including Council’s legislative responsibilities for managing dogs and cats.

The plan will address responsible pet ownership and animal welfare with a focus on animal registration, identification, dog attacks, nuisance behaviour and restricted breeds, animal businesses, emergency management, control services and compliance.

Complete the online survey before 5.00pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Have your say on Council Plan - now closed

Your say, your shire

The draft Council Plan was available for public comment until Wednesday 24 May and has now closed.

The plan outlines strategies and actions across three pillars: our people, our place and our economy. It also includes how we will measure success.

The objectives in the plan will help to achieve the new vision for the shire – Mount Alexander: innovative, creative, connected. Objectives are:

Our people
• Socially connected, safe and inclusive communities
• Local services that support the needs of our community
• Improved health and wellbeing
• Welcoming to all.

Our place
• Well managed assets for now and into the future
• A clean and green community
• Well planned for growth.

Our economy
• A creative and innovative economy
• Great opportunities for education
• An innovative and sustainable organisation.

Read the draft Council Plan 2017-2021.

Make a submission on the Proposed Budget - now closed

The Proposed Budget was available for public comment until Wednesday 24 May and has now closed.

Council has released its 2017/2018 Proposed Budget for community consideration, and is encouraging members to make a submission.

The $38.06 million budget seeks to maintain and improve infrastructure, deliver on projects and services valued by the community and achieve Council’s vision – Mount Alexander: Innovative, Creative, Connected.

Rates will increase by an average of 2% under the Victorian Government’s Fair Go Rates System, down from the previously planned 2.8%. Kerbside bin collection charges will increase by an average of 3.1% per property.

The proposed budget will deliver a $13.37 million Capital Works Program, up $4.5 million from the 2016/2017 financial year.

Key dates
• Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 5.00pm – closing date for public submissions.
• Tuesday 30 May 2017 at 6.30pm – Special Meeting of Council to hear budget submissions, Civic Centre, Castlemaine.
• Tuesday 20 June 2017 at 6.30pm – adoption of the 2017/2018 Budget at Ordinary Meeting of Council, Civic Centre, Castlemaine.

2017/2018 Proposed Budget
2017/2018 Proposed Budget Summary
Media release - Proposed budget released for comment.

Proposed Supermarket in Castlemaine - Amendment C073 & Planning Permit PA072/2013

This planning scheme amendment and associated planning permit relates to the proposed development of a supermarket in Castlemaine. To learn more, visit the Planning Scheme Amendment C073 webpage.

General feedback

Council is interested in gaining your feedback to help provide better services to you. Please complete the form below to provide your comments or feedback.

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