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Public Notice - 16 January 2018

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Storm clean-up drop site

Residents impacted by the December storm can drop off storm-related green waste for free at Taradale Oval on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 February. The collection point will be open from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Enter and exit via Lyell Street. Residents can take a load of free mulch when they drop off their green waste. Local residents can also take storm debris to the Castlemaine and Maldon waste facilities for free until the end of January. The free disposal period does not apply to normal garden waste, grass clippings or commercial waste. Roadside wood collection will be available for community members in February. Conditions apply. For more information visit the latest news on our website or contact our Customer Service Team on 5471 1700.

Blue-green algae at Lake Joanna

A blue-green algae outbreak has been detected at Lake Joanna in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. Please avoid direct contact with the water and keep your pets away from the water. Direct contact with blue-green algae can cause skin rashes or itchiness. It may cause nausea or vomiting if swallowed. People who come into contact with contaminated water should wash immediately in clean water. Blue-green algae occur in lakes naturally. Recent weather conditions have contributed to the bloom. Council will continue to monitor the lake with further tests over the coming weeks.

Show Me The Money information session

Before Christmas the Victorian Government announced a range of grants available to assist and support local business. To help businesses understand the many grants and programs on offer, Council is running an expo-style information session. Come and speak with program managers about available grants and how you can apply. The information session will be held at 8.45am to 11.00am on Tuesday 6 February. Some of the funding round applications close at the end of February. More information on venue and speakers will be available soon. To find out more contact Eva Parkin on e.parkin@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or 5471 1805.

Apply for Powerline Replacement Fund

Residents in rural areas of our shire have until Wednesday 28 February to apply to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to reduce the risk of bushfires from powerlines. The fund is directed at replacing private overhead electric lines with underground powerlines or insulated overhead powerlines. Learn more or apply online at www.energy.vic.gov.au/electricity/powerline-replacement-fund.

Plan your Australia Day

Come along and join the Australia Day community event at Victory Park in Castlemaine from 10.30am to 1.30pm on Friday 26 January. Meet Australia Day Award recipients and welcome our newest Australian citizens. Enjoy a free barbecue lunch, live music, a bouncy castle and face painting for kids. The community event is supported by the Upper Loddon Indigenous group Nalderun.

Patrons can swim for free at Harcourt, Maldon and Castlemaine swimming pools on Australia Day. The free admission is an initiative of Council and Bendigo Regional YMCA. You can also head along to a family fun day at the Newstead and District Swimming Pool. Standard entry fees will apply at Newstead.

Employment opportunities

Principal Governance Officer, full time, ongoing
Closes at 4.00pm, Friday 26 January.

Regional Marketing and Digital Officer, full time, fixed term
Applications via City of Greater Bendigo close at 5.00pm on Monday 29 January.

People of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged to apply.
Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information or to apply visit our website or phone 5471 1700.

Special Meeting of Council

The upcoming Special Meeting of Council is rescheduled for 6.00pm on Tuesday 6 February. The meeting is closed to the public for Council to consider a confidential report in accordance with Section 89(2) (a) of the Local Government Act 1989.

Council meetings

• 6.30pm, Tuesday 20 February at the Civic Centre
• 6.30pm, Tuesday 20 March at the Civic Centre.

The Council Column is published in The Midland Express each Tuesday.

Public notice - 16 January 2018

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