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Public notice - 10 November 2020

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Read the latest Council Column including public notices, job advertisements and tenders.

Election results

The Victorian Electoral Commission has announced the results of the 2020 Mount Alexander Shire Council election. Congratulations to the following candidates, who will be sworn in on Tuesday 10 November.

• Castlemaine Ward: Rosie Annear, Bill Maltby and Gary William McClure
• Loddon Ward: Matthew Driscoll
• Tarrengower Ward: Stephen William Gardner
• Calder Ward: Anthony Cordy
• Coliban Ward: Christine Henderson.

For more information visit www.vec.vic.gov.au.


External Project Manager - Engineering
Contract M1525-2020

Tenders are invited for the above contract. Tender documentation is available from Council's website under Tenders and quotations.

Tenders must be received by 2.00pm on Wednesday 25 November.

Direct enquiries to Andrea O’Grady, Procurement Coordinator, on (03) 5471 1724.

Darren Fuzzard
Chief Executive Officer

Free green waste disposal

Council has extended the free green waste disposal period at Castlemaine and Maldon waste facilities until Monday 16 November for residents and property owners. Green waste must be free of contaminants such as rubbish and declared noxious weeds. Proof of residency is required upon entry.

Coronavirus update

The Victorian Government has outlined changes in coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions that brings metropolitan Melbourne in line with regional Victoria. There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home. Intrastate travel is allowed. You must still work from home where you can. For more information call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Stay vigilant
As regional Victoria opens up please remain cautious to keep yourself and others safe. Practice good hygiene, wear a face mask when leaving home and stay at least 1.5 metres apart. Help keep friends and family safe by meeting outdoors when you can. Face masks must be worn by all Victorians 12 years and over when you leave home. Exemptions apply.
Stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you show any symptoms of coronavirus, even if mild. Make an appointment with your local GP or head to a nearby testing centre. There is a drive-through COVID-19 screening clinic that operates three days a week at CHIRP Community Health in Castlemaine. Testing is available by appointment only for community members showing symptoms of coronavirus or who need mandatory testing before surgery.

COVID-19 support
For local assistance regarding COVID-19, or referral to a local community organisation or service, call our COVID-19 support service on 1800 512 446 between 8.30am and 5.00pm (Monday to Friday), email us at covid19@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or visit www.connectmountalexander.com.au.

Roadside slashing underway

Council’s annual roadside slashing program is underway and is expected to continue until late December. Council slashes vegetation along the road shoulder of most sealed roads and rural intersections managed by Council. The program aims to prevent fires and improve sightlines and safety for road users. The team started at Baringhup and are progressing through Maldon, Newstead, Guildford, Harcourt, Sutton Grange, Metcalfe and Taradale. Please note that some areas may be too wet to slash until late November.


NAIDOC Week is a national week of celebration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year NAIDOC Week runs from 8 to 15 November. The theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for more than 65,000 years.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags will be flown at the Castlemaine Market Building throughout the week. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more information on local initiatives to support and celebrate our First Nations community. For more information on what’s happening across the region visit www.naidoc.org.au.

On your bike

Get moving again after lockdown and join a community bike ride to boost your cycling skills and explore local tracks and trails. CycleSafe Mt Alexander has organised a series of community rides from 10.00am to 12noon on the second Sunday of the month. The next ride in December will take you along Forest Creek. To find out more and book your place visit https://community_rides.eventbrite.com.au. It is supported by Council, Healthy Heart of Victoria and Bike Bendigo.

Employment opportunities

Engineering Coordinator (re-advertised) – full time, ongoing.
Closes at 9.00am on Monday 16 November.

For more information or to apply visit our website.

Council meeting

Due to the timing of the Local Government General Election and to support the incoming Council, the next Council Meeting has been rescheduled to 6.30pm on Tuesday 24 November. It will be broadcast live to YouTube. Search Mount Alexander Shire Council.

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

Public notice - 10 November 2020.

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