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Public notice - 8 December 2020

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Fire Danger Period

Mount Alexander Shire is now in the Fire Danger Period. This means there are restrictions on 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.

Rate payment extension

Council has extended the due date for the second rates instalment for 2020/2021 until Friday 18 December due to a delay in the issue of rate reminder notices. The second instalment was initially due at the end of November. Council apologises for any inconvenience. For more information, or if you are having difficulty paying your rates, please contact the Rates Team on 5471 1700 or visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/rates.

Have fun with Adventure Bingo

Healthy Heart of Victoria (HHV) has launched a local bingo competition to help get residents active. Collect an Adventure Bingo booklet from the Castlemaine Library or Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre. For the chance to win a weekly prize all you have to do is collect a bingo booklet, head outdoors and find at least three featured items. Email your completed card to hhv@bendigo.vic.gov.au, or upload a photo of yourself at one of the sites and tag @Healthy Heart of Victoria on Facebook to enter a special photo prize draw. The competition will run until Sunday 13 December. Winners will be announced on the HHV Facebook page.

Go Local First

Council is encouraging the community to buy and shop local to help support local businesses and provide a much needed boost to economic recovery in the shire. Go Local First for Christmas presents and purchases this festive season. Consider a gift from a local small business, or voucher for local stores, eateries or activities. Small businesses contribute to around a third of our economic activity and are an important provider of local jobs. There are many ways you can support local businesses, producers, makers and traders.

Pools are open

Council-owned swimming pools in Castlemaine, Harcourt, Maldon and Newstead are now open for the 2020/2021 pool season. COVIDSafe restrictions are in place. For more information including operating hours, activities and entry and membership fees visit www.mountalexanderpools.com.au.

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).

Stay informed on capital works

Council is tendering the design for a number of capital works projects around the shire, including:

• Pavement widening on Muckleford - Yapeen Road.
• Road sealing and drainage for Camp Street in Maldon, between Templeton and Reef streets.
• Road sealing and drainage for Montgomery Street in Castlemaine.
• Pedestrian crossing points and footpath for Walker Street in Castlemaine, between The Mill and Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.

For more detail on these design projects visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/CapitalWorks. If you have local knowledge that could be taken into consideration when designing these projects please call Kerrie Eldridge, Project Engineer, on 5471 1756.

Have a say on recreation reserves

Norwood Hill Recreation Reserve – Join a drop-in session to view a draft landscape plan for Norwood Hill Recreation Reserve and provide feedback to the team. The session will be held from 3.30pm to 5.30pm on Thursday 10 December at the reserve on Maclise Street in Castlemaine.

Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve – Provide your ideas to inform the development of a masterplan for the Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve. Join a drop-in session from 3.30pm to 5.30pm on Wednesday 9 December at the reserve.

Plans and online surveys for are available from www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/HaveYourSay. For more information contact the Active Communities Team on 5471 1700.

Community Christmas Lunch

Castlemaine Community House invites everyone 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 book call CCH on 5472 4842 or email reception@cch.org.au.

Employment opportunities

Property Maintenance Officers – two roles – part time, ongoing.

Close at 9.00am on Monday 14 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 - 8 December 2020.

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