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Consultation - Have Your Say

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

Have your say on Victory Park playspace

Council is seeking community input into the design of a new playspace for Victory Park. Your feedback will inform the designer in the development of a concept plan. There will be further opportunity to have your say when the concept design has been developed later in the year.

Complete the short online survey. Please complete the survey before 5.00pm on Monday 25 September.

Printed surveys are available from the Civic Centre, Castlemaine Library and Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre. For more information contact Karen Evennett on 5471 1798.

Key documents
Let’s Play 2014-2024 Investing in Play Strategy
Victory Park Conservation Management Plan

Proposed relinquishment of Crown Land Management

Council is going through the process of reviewing of Crown Land managed by Council. A number of these parcels of land is no longer used by Council, and considered surplus. Council intends to return these surplus parcels of land to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). DELWP is the default land manager for public land. As this is Crown Land, Council cannot sell this land, nor can Council use the land for a purpose other than which it is reserved for.

Guildford Gravel Reserves
Council has nine gravel reserves on Crown Land. Four of these in the Guildford area are considered surplus. Council has not extracted gravel from these reserves in over 20 years. Council now obtains all gravel from our large gravel reserve at Tarilta.

Campbells Creek – Creek Improvement Reserve
This section of creek downstream of National School Lane was reserved to Council for creek improvement works in December 1874. DELWP manages Campbells Creek to the north and south of this reservation. Transferring management of this land to DELWP will ensure consistent management of this section of waterway.

Elphinstone Gravel Reserve (Taradale)
This is a former gravel reserve used by the Shire of Metcalfe on Old Drummond Road Taradale. It is unknown when Council ceased using this as a gravel reserve.

Have your say
Council is seeking public feedback on the relinquishment of management of the reserves. Written submissions should be made by 5.00pm on Friday 13 October 2017.

Address submissions to the Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450, or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Contact Daniel Borton, Property Portfolio Coordinator, on 5471 1700 to discuss this further.

Key documents
Proposed relinquishment of Crown Land Management - with maps.

Draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021

If you are interested in animals or have an opinion on how pets should be managed in our shire please take the time to review our draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021.

The plan addresses responsible pet ownership and animal welfare with a focus on animal registration, identification, dog attacks, nuisance behaviour and restricted breeds. It also covers matters as diverse as animal businesses, management of cats and protection of pets during emergencies.

More than 150 people responded to a Council survey on animal management earlier this year.

The four key issues identified were support for an off-lead dog park, concern with cats not being contained within properties, the need to educate and promote responsible pet ownership and the importance of cat de-sexing.
This feedback has been incorporated into the plan.

Council is now seeking feedback from pet and non-pet owners through written submissions.

Written submissions will be accepted until 5.00pm, Friday 15 September 2017.

Please send your submission to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or mail to Mount Alexander Shire, PO Box 185, Castlemaine Vic 3450. You can also drop it into the Civic Centre on the corner of Lyttleton and Lloyd streets, Castlemaine.

Key documents
Draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021.

Proposed disposal of Council property - Maldon - now closed

Part of 42 High Street, Maldon

Notice is given under Section 189 of the Local Government Act 1989 that Council at its Ordinary Meeting of 20 June 2017 resolved that it intends to dispose of part of the land at 42 High Street in Maldon (part of land behind public toilets). Council is seeking written comment on the proposal to dispose of this property. Submissions will be considered in accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989. Submissions should indicate whether the person or a person acting on their behalf wishes to be heard before Council.

Written submissions have now closed.

View the section of land below. A printed copy of the map is available to view at the Civic Centre.

For more information contact Daniel Borton, Property Portfolio Coordinator, on 5471 1700.

42 High St, Maldon

Have your say on Maldon streetscape design options - now closed

Thank you to everyone who completed the streetscape design options survey for Maldon.

Your feedback will help shape a set of design options for streets in the Maldon town centre to create consistency for future improvements. The outcome will include approved design options for things like paving, lighting, and street furniture.

This will help to create a more attractive, safe and accessible town centre, while preserving the town’s heritage character.

The online survey closed on Friday 23 June.

For more information contact Stewart Campbell, Coordinator Parks and Gardens on 5471 1700 or s.campbell@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Review flood levee designs for Castlemaine and Campbells Creek

The final designs of the six flood protection levees planned around Castlemaine and Campbells Creek are now complete.

Read about the 10 recommendations in the Flood Management Plan brochure.
Read the full Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton Flood Management Plan 2015.

View the final designs of the flood protection levees below:
Cover Sheet
Gingell Street
Castlemaine Central Cabin and Van Park
Elizabeth Street
Campbells Creek
National School Lane

For more information contact Marcus Goonan, Team Leader Engineering, on 5471 1776.

Have your say on Chewton Community Centre - now closed

Thank you to everyone who provided a submission 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.

Public submissions closed on Tuesday 27 June.

Submitters who indicated they wished 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 animal management - now closed

Thank you to everyone who provided input into the shire's new animal management plan.

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.

The online survey closed on Wednesday 31 May. For more information contact Wayne O'Toole, Civic Compliance Coordinator, on 5471 1700.

Have your say on Newstead flood levee design - now closed

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the concept design for the Newstead Levee upgrade.

More than 25 people attended an information session at the Newstead Community Centre in May to find out more about proposed changes to provide better flood protection for the town.

While the majority of feedback was positive, Council heard some concerns regarding the impact of the proposed changes and the potential for additional flooding.

Council is now working with consultants on the final design. The final design will be provided for further public comment in the next few months.

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 Council Plan - now closed

Your say, your shire

The Council Plan 2017-2021 was adopted by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 20 June.

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.

Our people strategic objectives:
• Socially connected, safe and inclusive communities
• Local services that support the needs of our community
• Improved health and wellbeing
• A welcoming place for all.

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

Our economy strategic objectives:
• A creative and innovative economy
• Great opportunities for education and technology
• An innovative and sustainable organisation

View the Council Plan 2017-2021 on the Plans and Strategies page of our website.

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.

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