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Consultation - Have Your Say

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

Nominate for LGBTIQ+ Roundtable

Are you looking to help make your community a more inclusive place for LGBTIQ+ people? The Mount Alexander Shire community’s LGBTIQ+ Roundtable has a number of vacancies and you could be the person we need.

There are currently 15 members on the Roundtable, with five vacant positions.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 2 November to Lisa Knight at L.Knight@mountalexander.vic.gov.au. All personal information will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

For more information contact Lisa Knight, Director Community and Corporate Support, on 5471 1700.

Key documents
Expression of interest form
Terms of Reference

Mount Alexander Shire’s Early Years Plan

Council has developed a new plan to support the needs of local families and children aged 0-8 years and is looking for your feedback.

Developed in partnership with the community, the draft Mount Alexander Early Years Plan 2018-2021 provides a future vision and direction on how to best develop and coordinate early years’ services, programs and partnership activities.

The draft plan’s vision is to ‘create an innovative and connected community that works together to support our children to reach their full potential’. It is structured around four key themes:

• Collaboration: We will work better together to strengthen partnerships and community connectedness.
• Services and Support: We will provide more accessible services locally to better support our children and their families, especially those most vulnerable.
• Learning and Literacy: We will encourage a whole of community approach to increase learning opportunities and literacy levels of our children.
• Environment and Wellbeing: We will plan for improved use of facilities and spaces to enhance the development, health and safety of our children and their families.

Objectives and actions allocated under each key theme include:
• Identify the gaps in local childcare to better meet the needs of local families.
• Increase the number of our local businesses and service providers that are registered as a breastfeeding friendly venue.
• Establish a Mount Alexander Early Years Expo every two years to create greater awareness of the local services, support and resources available.

Feedback may be sent to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or posted to Draft Mount Alexander Early Years Plan Submission, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450.

Feedback will be accepted until 5.00pm on Sunday 21 October.

A presentation of the draft plan will also be delivered at the third Mount Alexander Early Years Forum on Wednesday 10 October 2018 from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at the Civic Centre, Cnr Lyttleton and Lloyd Streets, Castlemaine. Registration is free with light supper provided. Register your attendance by 5.00pm on Monday 8 October by visiting the Eventbrite website or call Council on 5471 1700. Registrations are essential.

Key documents
Draft Mount Alexander Shire Early Years Plan

Annual Report 2017/2018

Council has prepared the Mount Alexander Shire Council Annual Report 2017/2018. In accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, Council will consider the report at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 16 October at the Civic Centre. The report is a public document and is available for review. Printed copies are available at the Civic Centre, Castlemaine Library and Maldon Visitor Information Centre.

Key document
Mount Alexander Shire Council Annual Report 2017/2018 (PDF,15.1MB)

Have your say on Maldon streetscapes

Council is inviting the community to have a say on streetscape plans and design standards for Maldon to create a more attractive, safe and accessible town centre.

The plans will provide the direction for streetscape improvements, and design options for things like paving, lighting and street furniture to guide conservation of the historic town.

Read the plans below or view at the Civic Centre in Castlemaine or Visitor Information Centre in Maldon.

Email your feedback entitled Maldon Streetscape Plans to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or post to Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450 by Sunday 21 October 2018.

For more information contact Stewart Campbell, Parks and Gardens Coordinator on 5471 1700.

Key documents (updated on Wednesday 10 October 2018)
Maldon Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines - Final draft
Maldon Streetscape Design Guidelines - Appendix - Final draft

Community use of public assets

Council is a custodian of many assets such as parks, roads, halls, buildings and sporting facilities. Council is also responsible for maximising community benefit from those assets and determining how such assets may be used.

The draft Community Use of Public Assets Policy has been developed to outline the principles that Council will take into account in assessing any application by an individual or group to use Council-managed assets. The key principle is a balancing of Council's commitment to allowing the public to use Council-managed assets against any inconvenience or exclusion of the broader community from free use of that asset.

Any person who wishes to make a submission to Council on the draft policy may do so in writing. Forward feedback to Kevin Pittman, Project Manager Service Reviews, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450 or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Submissions must be received by Sunday 21 October.

For more information or to discuss your submission contact Mr Pittman on 5471 1773.

Key documents
Community use of public assets - draft

Local law review - Meeting procedures

Council is reviewing its Local Law No. 1 – Meeting Procedures. The law will cease operation on 30 November 2018.

The revised local law is available for public review.

Any person who wishes to make a submission to Council on the updated version may do so in writing. Forward feedback to John Taylor, Principal Governance Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450 or email john.taylor@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Submissions must be received by Wednesday 3 October.

For more information or to make your submission in person contact Mr Taylor on 5471 1706.

Key documents
Draft Local Law No.1 - Meeting Procedures

Library agreement feedback

The North Central Goldfields Regional Library Corporation’s Regional Library Agreement 2019-2023, including the Service Funding Agreement 2019-2023, is available for public comment.

This is an opportunity for the public to make comment on the Regional Library Agreement that Council will sign to remain part of the North Central Goldfields Regional Library Corporation serving Mount Alexander, Loddon and Macedon Ranges shires and the City of Greater Bendigo.

Feedback may be sent to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or posted to Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450.

Feedback will be accepted until 5.00pm on Tuesday 24 September.

Key documents
Regional Library Agreement for Goldfields Library Corporation 2019 - 2023
Goldfields Library Corporation Service and Funding Agreement 2019 - 2023

Expression of Interest - Project Advisory Group

Maldon Design Guidelines Review

Council is updating the Maldon Design Guidelines and is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from community and skill based representatives to join a project advisory group for a one year term.

The guidelines aim to provide detailed design criteria for development to complement and protect the heritage significance of Maldon.

We are looking for four members with a demonstrated knowledge of Maldon’s heritage, landscape or built environment, and an understanding of the role of local government in heritage matters.

Submissions can be made via:

Email: l.merkesteyn@mountalexander.vic.gov.au
Post: Cnr Lyttleton and Lloyd Streets PO BOX 185 Castlemaine VIC 3450

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Merkesteyn at Mount Alexander Shire Council at l.merkesteyn@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or 03 5471 1700

Applications are to be submitted by 5.00pm Friday 21 September.

Key Documents
Terms of Reference - Maldon Design Guidelines Review Project Advisory Group
Application form - Maldon Design Guidelines Review Project Advisory Group

Access and inclusion survey - now closed

Council carried out a survey to hear from people who have an interest in access and inclusion within the community.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey and share your views and experiences. We received great feedback about what is and isn’t working in the shire along with ideas to help make it easier for people to participate better in community life.

The survey is now closed.

Amendment to the Road Management Plan 2018 - now closed

Council proposes to amend the Mount Alexander Shire Road Management Plan.

The purpose of the proposed amendment is to:

• review the road hierarchy for road related infrastructure
• amend and add new intervention service levels to ensure a broader range of hazards are managed
• improve response times for road related infrastructure
• alter the inspection frequency for Minor road assets
• standardise response times for reactive and proactive inspection frequencies.

Public feedback is now closed.

Key documents:
Public notice information - Amendment to the Road Management Plan 2018
Findings of the Review of the Road Management Plan
Draft Mount Alexander Shire Council Road Management Plan.

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.

Council Feedback Form
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