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Public notice - 7 January 2020

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Australia Day community event

Join Australia Day activities at Victory Park in Castlemaine from 10.00am to 12.00pm on Sunday 26 January. Meet Australia Day Award recipients and welcome our newest Australian citizens. Enjoy entertainment and cool off with a free ice cream. Food and drinks will be available for purchase or bring along a picnic.

Apply for Land Management Rate

Landholders can apply for the Land Management Rate by Friday 14 February to receive a 20 percent reduction off the general property rate for the next financial year. This special rate category is available to properties rated as a farm in the 2020/2021 financial year and are more than 20 hectares (49 acres) in size, or operate a farming business. Owners must commit to undertake specified environmental management activities on the property. To find out more or to apply visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/lmr or phone our Natural Resources Officer on 5471 1700.

At Home residencies

Applications for the 2020-2021 At Home residency program at the Phee Broadway Theatre are now open. Three industry development opportunities are available for artists, performers and creative groups or organisations to explore a creative concept. Each residency offers free use of the theatre for three weeks with support to take a new work to audiences. Expressions of interest are open until midnight on Monday 24 February. For more information visit www.pheebroadwaytheatre.com.au or contact Vicki Anderson, Cultural Development Officer, on 5471 1700.

Botanical gardens walking tour

Join a free guided tour of the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens on Wednesday 29 January. Boost your health while you learn about the plants and history of the 19th century gardens. The hour-long walk starts at 10.00am. Meet at the Botanical Gardens Former Tea Rooms, off Downes Street. The walk is organised by CHIRP Community Health in partnership with Council. It will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or a Code Red day. For more information contact Liza Shaw at CHIRP Community Health on 5479 1000.

Bike workshops for year sevens

Council is partnering with the Healthy Heart of Victoria to deliver three bike safety workshops for students heading to high school this year. The workshops aim to encourage students to ride to school, build confidence and learn road rules. The workshops will be held from 10.00am to 12.30pm on Tuesday 7, 14 and 21 January. Sign up now at www.trybooking.com/BHIEC. Cost is $10 which includes all three sessions.

Upcoming roadworks

Works will start in mid-January to upgrade three sections of the Bendigo – Sutton Grange Road. The works are expected to be completed by April, weather permitting. The sections of road for upgrade include Grays Road to the Council boundary, Ontario Lodge Lane to Faraday-Sutton Grange Road and south of the Jennings Hill Road intersection. The project is jointly funded through Regional Roads Victoria’s Fixing Country Roads Program and the Federal Roads to Recovery Program.

Bin collection on Total Fire Ban days

Rubbish and recycling will be collected in the early hours of days declared as a Total Fire Ban. This means that you will need to put out your bins the night before. Due to the higher risk of fires our Maldon and Castlemaine waste facilities are closed to the public on days of Total Fire Ban. For more information on waste and recycling services visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/WasteManagement.

Employment opportunities

Director Infrastructure and Development – full time, senior officer contract.
Closes at 9.00am on Monday 20 January.

Council meetings

• 6.30pm on Tuesday 18 February
• 6.30pm on Tuesday 17 March.
Meetings are held at the Civic Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend. Council meetings are broadcast live to the internet via YouTube. Search Mount Alexander Shire Council.

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

Public notice - 7 January 2020.

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