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Consultation - Have Your Say

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

Share your stories and memories of Maldon

Do you have special memories about Maldon and the heritage aspects of the town centre? Is there a place, object, tree, view, vista or quality within the town centre that is particularly special or valuable to you?

We want to know how and why it is important.

Do you have memories of Maldon from when you were a child – favourite shops or shop keepers, or something that remains with you? What about your ideas to improve Old Bank Corner? What should we consider in its future design?

We invite you to share your stories, memories and knowledge about this historic town. You can complete a reply-paid postcard, which are available from businesses in Maldon or submit your feedback or photos via email at maldonstreetscape@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Unfortunately we are having some issues with our interactive map, so invite you to contact us through the ways above so we can include your ideas and feedback.

Your stories will help to inform a heritage assessment of the public spaces in Maldon, as part of the Maldon Streetscape Revitalisation Project that we are running in partnership with the Maldon community.

Submit your memories and feedback by Monday 16 November.

Thank you to the Maldon Streetscape Heritage Sub Committee and Working Group for their effort in progressing this exciting project. The Victorian Government has committed $4.5 million towards rejuvenating Maldon’s historic streetscape through their Crisis Committee of Cabinet – Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

Key documents
Media release - Share your stories about Maldon CBD - 26 October 2020
Background - Read about the background and three projects that make up the Maldon Streetscape Revitalisation Project
Streetscape improvements - Read about the Maldon Streetscape Project and the plans to improve public elements in Maldon town centre.

Household emissions survey

Retrofitting homes in our shire to improve sustainability is one of the ambitions of a new a project coordinated by Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) and Council. The project aims to co-design a masterplan with the community to reduce the shire’s carbon emissions to zero and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

As a very first step, residents are asked to complete an online survey about how they currently use their homes. This information will inform a baseline assessment of the shire’s carbon and water footprint.

The survey is part of the Z-NET (zero-net emissions) Project, which will be developed throughout 2020 and 2021. It is jointly funded by Council and a Sustainability Victoria grant under the Zero Carbon Community Transition Program. A community steering group is working together to guide the program in this first phase.

Online survey
Complete the household survey
Please note: We ask that you answer the questions in accordance with your typical behaviour, rather than your behaviour during COVID-19 restrictions. Only one respondee per household. The survey is open until December.

Next steps
A collaborative platform will be set up in late June 2020 to gather community climate action ideas and projects. This platform will include the existing ideas from the Climate Change Forum. We also welcome new ideas and participants will have the opportunity to vote on their priorities. Visit this page again for more information.

Proposed Budget 2020/2021 - now closed

Council has released its Proposed Budget for 2020/2021.

The $45.9 million budget outlines the resources necessary to maintain and improve infrastructure, and deliver projects and services which are valued by our community. This year we have incorporated a range of projects to specifically help respond to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The budget is now open for public submissions.

Printed copies will be available for public inspection during office hours at the Civic Centre in Castlemaine from Monday 29 June or on weekends at the Market Building in Castlemaine. Precautions will be in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Submissions must be in writing and be lodged by 5.00pm on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Please address submissions titled 2020/2021 Budget to the Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine, VIC 3450 or email to Please forward your submission entitled Proposed Budget submission to the Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine 3450 Victoria or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

All submissions will be considered in accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989. They should indicate whether the person, or a person acting on their behalf, wishes to be heard before Council. Submissions will be heard at a Council Meeting at 5.30pm on Tuesday 28 July.

Council will consider the 2020/2021 Budget at an Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday 18 August. The meeting will start at 6.30pm at the Civic Centre in Castlemaine. Both meetings will be broadcast live to the internet via YouTube.

For more information contact Carolyn Ross, Executive Manager Business Performance, on 5471 1700.

Key documents
Mount Alexander Shire Council Proposed Budget 2020/2021 (pdf, 0.6MB)
Media release - Council budget open for submissions - 17 June 2020
Budget summary (pdf, 0.8MB)

View Maldon streetscape designs - now closed

Council has received a $4.5 million grant from the State Government to rejuvenate Maldon’s heritage streetscape. The funds will be used towards putting powerlines underground, restoring shopfronts and upgrading public spaces such as footpaths, crossovers, bins and seating.

The Maldon Streetscape Steering Committee reviewed concept designs for the project earlier this year. The concept plans are available on Council’s website. If you would like to provide feedback email your suggestions to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or send via post to Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine 3450 Victoria. Feedback is required by Friday 3 July.

View plans at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/MaldonStreetscapeProject.

Community and Steering Committee feedback will be incorporated into the next phase of developing a schematic plan to progress the works.

Read a media release on the announcement from 17 June 2020.

Future of former community centre at Chewton

Community members are invited to make a submission on a proposal to dispose of the former Chewton Community Centre at 205 (formerly 201) Main Road Chewton.

Please note while public submissions close on Thursday 9 April they will reopen later in the year due to the impact of coronavirus COVID-19.

The former Wesleyan Church building is in a poor state of repair with rising damp and termite damage. It has been closed to the public since 2010 due to safety risks. The cost for Council to restore and maintain the building as a public facility would be significant.

On 15 August 2017 Council resolved to sell the former Wesleyan Church at 201 Main Road Chewton and commence the process of sub-dividing the associated land to create separate allotments for the Chewton Community Centre (church) and the former Sunday school building (now the Chewton Senior Citizens Centre) to enable the sale of the church building.

The resolution was passed following public notice of Council’s intent to sell the property in accordance with Sections 189 and 223 of the Local Government Act 1989.

The subdivision process is almost complete and the building will soon be ready for sale. However, due to the passage of time, it is deemed best practice for Council to provide new public notice to notify the community of its intention to sell the building, as resolved at the Ordinary Council Meeting in December 2019. Public notice was provided in the Midland Express on Tuesday 28 January 2020. The closing date for submissions has since been extended.

The community is now invited to make a submission. 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 by 5.00pm on Thursday 9 April 2020.

Submitters who wish to speak in support of their submission will be heard at an Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held at a date to be determined.

Open day - cancelled

Council had planned to hold an open day from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 28 March, at the former Chewton Community Centre located at 205 Main Road in Chewton. Council cancelled the opening in response to the directive from the Victorian Premier to not support non-essential public gatherings in the short to mid-term.

For more information contact Lynne Williamson, Property Portfolio Coordinator on 5471 1700.

Key documents
Virtual tour - see photos of the former community centre (PDF, 2.4MB)
Virtual tour - see video footage inside and outside the former community centre
Public notice – published in Midland Express 28 January 2020 (PDF, 0.5MB)
Media release - Submissions open on former community centre - 31 January 2020
Media release - Open day at former community centre in Chewton - 13 March 2020
Media release - Update on former Chewton Community Centre - 1 April 2020
Chewton Community Centre investigation of salt damp in the former Wesleyan Church (June 2010) (PDF, 1.24MB).

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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