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Council Meeting summary - October 2018

The Mount Alexander Shire Civic Centre is located on Lyttleton Street in Castlemaine

Read the summary of key decisions and matters raised at the latest Council Meeting.

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council held its Ordinary Council Meeting at the Civic Centre in Castlemaine on Tuesday 16 October.

The following decisions were made at the meeting under the council plan pillars of Our People, Our Place and Our Economy.

Our People

Annual report adopted
Council endorsed the Mount Alexander Shire Council Annual Report outlining the organisation’s performance for the 2017/2018 financial year. To read the report, visit our annual report web page.

Our Place

Land sale in Metcalfe
Council endorsed the sale of two lots of land at 22 Kyneton-Metcalfe Road to the Country Fire Authority, following expressions of interest to build a new purpose-built fire station. Subject to an agreement with the CFA, Council will notify the public of its intent to sell the land and seek submissions in accordance with the Local Government Act.

Waterway management plan adopted
Council adopted the Castlemaine Urban Waterways Management Plan developed in consultation with local Landcare groups to manage 70 hectares of public land around creeks in Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton. The plan aims to protect the natural environment, provide a positive experience for users along tracks and trails, and improve water quality.

Road Management Plan adopted
Council endorsed the Road Management Plan following a public exhibition period outlining how Council will maintain its road assets to meet safety requirements.

Etty Street Lease
Council endorsed plans to lease the former site of the Castlemaine Secondary College site on Etty Street to facilitate plans for new training, education and business incubator hub.

Council proposes to lease the site from the Minister for Education under a peppercorn rent arrangement for 15 years, and sub lease sections to Workspace Australia and Castlemaine Hot Rod Centre following a formal public notice period.

The arrangement will enable the development of a training and education centre for the local hot rod industry and provide office space for the business incubator and associated small businesses. The agreement will also enable students and teachers at the secondary college to continue to use the campus with additional space for community groups.

Our Economy

Planning decisions
Council approved a planning permit application for use and development on a dwelling located in a farming zone on Donkey Gully Road in Campbells Creek subject to conditions.

Planning scheme amendment C082
Council adopted an amendment to the local planning scheme (C082) to provide better flood protection in Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton.

The proposed amendment incorporates new flood mapping boundaries and planning overlays in flood prone areas, based on updated modelling by the North Central Catchment Management Authority.

Council will now send the amendment to the Minister for Planning for approval as one of the 10 recommendations in the Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton Flood Management Plan.

Contract awarded for fuel and vehicle care products
Council awarded a panel contract for the purchase of bulk, fuel card services, and vehicle oils and lubricants conducted by a National Procurement Network for a period of three years, with the option to extend the contract for another two years.

Other matters raised

Items raised during public question time included support for the proposed lease at Etty Street and adoption of the Urban Waterways Management Plan on the agenda.

There was also support for a petition with 400 signatures presented to Council seeking a toilet block and improvements to improve the visitor experience at Newstead Memorial Park. Council will receive a report on the matter at the next meeting.

Managers at the Castlemaine Waste Facility raised their concerns about misinformation in the media regarding compaction rates at the landfill, and highlighted efforts to manage the facility as efficiently as possible despite challenges such as poor infrastructure.

Council also received a request for additional support for the 2019 Castlemaine Gift which is expected to attract more than 600 visitors to the town.

Council meeting minutes

The minutes of the meeting are available by close of business on the Friday after the meeting via Council Meetings.

Council Meeting summary - October 2018 (PDF, 141KB)
Council Meeting summary - October 2018 (Word, 123KB)

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