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Public notice - 1 December 2020

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New Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Councillors elected Councillor Tony Cordy as Mayor and Councillor Bill Maltby as Deputy Mayor at the Council Meeting on Tuesday 24 November. Congratulations to Councillors Cordy and Maltby.

Fire Danger Period

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has advised the Fire Danger Period for Mount Alexander Shire will begin on Monday 7 December. The Fire Danger Period is when the CFA restricts the use of fire in the community to help reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading. For more information on the restrictions during the Fire Danger Period visit the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/can.

Update on venues

Council-run venues such as the Botanical Gardens Tea Room, Ray Bradfield Room and Town Hall have reopened, with venue hire terms and conditions updated to include guidelines for users to help keep spaces COVIDSafe. Visit our website for more information on hirer requirements and density limits.

Local businesses, clubs, community and creative groups are encouraged to make use of Council’s outdoor spaces at local parks and gardens to ensure everyone can continue to come together safely and within public gathering rules. Indoor sports facilities at sports and recreation reserves are operating in accordance with public health guidelines. Council is working with management committees and user groups to support a safe reopening. Please check with individual clubs and committees on which halls and facilities are open.

Pools to open this weekend

Council-owned swimming pools in Castlemaine, Harcourt, Maldon and Newstead will open on Saturday 5 December. We are working with pool managers YMCA Victoria to ensure COVIDSafe requirements are in place. For more information including operating hours, activities and entry and membership fees visit www.mountalexanderpools.com.au.

Nominate now for Australia Day Awards

There are only a few more days to get in your nomination form for the 2021 Mount Alexander Shire Australia Day Awards. Select from four categories – Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year (including online events). Nominations close at 5.00pm on Friday 4 December. For more information visit our website.

Maldon power project underway

Preparatory works have started on the project to place power lines underground in the central business area of Maldon. The first stage of works will focus on the northern side of the CBD along Fountain, High and Francis streets, moving to Templeton Street in December. Works will commence along the southern end of High Street, along with Dolphin, Main and Francis streets next year.

Powercor is leading the works on behalf of Council and has engaged a local contractor to undertake the day-to-day activities. The project is planned in stages to minimise the impact on businesses during the busy lead up to Christmas. The hours of work are Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 4.00pm to avoid disruption to weekend visitors and trade. There are no planned power outages in November and December as part of this project. Powercor will inform customers well in advance of any planned power outages.

The works are part of the Maldon Streetscape Revitalisation Project. Council received $4.5 million funding for the project from the Victorian Government through its Crisis Committee of Cabinet – Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

Council services over Christmas period

We will close our offices at 3.00pm on Thursday 24 December and reopen at 8.30am on Monday 4 January 2021. For emergencies regarding roads and drains, maternal and child health or stock and animal control (excluding wildlife) call 5471 1700 and follow the prompts. Due to public holidays residents who normally have their bins collected on a Friday will have them collected the following day on Saturday 26 December (instead of Christmas Day) and Saturday 2 January 2021 (instead of New Years Day).

Have a say on Norwood Hill Rec Reserve

Council is revitalising the Norwood Hill Recreation Reserve, located on Maclise Street in Castlemaine. We have incorporated community feedback into a landscape plan for the reserve. The draft plan is now available for comment. Come along and meet with our Active Communities Team, and landscape designers Pollen, to discuss the plans from 3.30pm to 5.30pm on Thursday 10 December at the reserve. COVIDSafe practices will be in place. You can also see the plans online and complete an online survey via www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/HaveYourSay from Wednesday 2 December. For more information call Kim Whitehouse, Project Officer, on 5471 1700. The survey will close on Friday 18 December.

Have a say on Campbells Creek Rec Reserve

Council invites the community to provide ideas and feedback to inform the development of a masterplan for Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve. We want to know how you use the reserve, your favourite features and ideas for improvements. We are hosting a COVIDSafe drop-in information session from 3.30pm to 5.30pm on Wednesday 9 December at the reserve. You can also complete an online survey from Wednesday 2 December via the Have your say section of our website. Contact Council for a survey to be posted to you. The first round of community consultation will close on Friday 15 January 2021. For more information contact Troy Lyons, Active Communities Team Leader, on 5471 1700.

Maldon walking groups

CHIRP Community Health, Maldon Hospital and Maldon Neighbourhood Centre invite you to join volunteer-led walking groups around Maldon:

• Mondays at 9:30am – gentle walk
• Tuesdays at 7.30am – brisk walk
• Fridays at 9.30am – gentle walk.

Each walk begins at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre on the corner of Church and Edward streets. Everyone is welcome to come along. Bring a hat and water bottle. No bookings or RSVP required. Walks will be cancelled if heavy rain or a Code Red Day. For more information call CHIRP Community Health on 5479 1000. The walks are supported by Healthy Heart of Victoria.

Community Christmas Lunch

Save the date! Castlemaine Community House is pleased to invite everyone along to a Community Christmas Lunch from 12.30pm to 2.00pm on Friday 25 December. Families and individuals are welcome to join this free community lunch to share a delicious meal with some good company. If you are feeling lonely or would like to share Christmas with others, register your interest now. More details about the event will be available soon. For information and bookings call CCH on 5472 4842 or email reception@cch.org.au.

Annual Report 2019/2020

In accordance with the Local Government Act, Council has prepared its Annual Report and submitted it to the Minister. Council will consider the Annual Report at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held at 6.30pm, Tuesday 15 December at the Civic Centre. A copy of the Annual Report is available to view at the Civic Centre, Castlemaine Library, Maldon Visitor Information Centre and on Council’s website.

Campbells Creek AGM

The Campbells Creek Community Centre Asset Committee will hold its Annual General Meeting at 7.00pm on Monday 7 December at the centre at 45 Elizabeth Street. All welcome.

Employment opportunities

Technical Officer – full time, ongoing.
Road Worker – Plant Operator – full time, ongoing.

Close at 9.00am on Monday 7 December.

To apply visit our website.

Council meeting

The next Council Meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 15 December. It will be broadcast live to YouTube.

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

Public notice - 1 December 2020.

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