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Wednesday November 15th 2017 - WRLE looking for Consultative Committee Members

Due to the introduction of Electronic Identification for sheep and goats (EID) and the need for scanning equipment to be installed (eg. fixed, portable and handheld), changes to the operation and layout of the Warracknabeal Regional Livestock Exchange are required.

March 31st 2018 is the deadline date for the EID hardware/software to be installed and operating.

Consequently, Council would like to invite interested users of the WRLE to become members of a consultative committee to discuss these changes, along with other plans for the future of the WRLE. Ideally, this voluntary committee will include a combination of Producers, Agents, Transport Operators and Council.

Currently Council has completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 grant submissions to the Department of Agriculture for the supply and installation of the required hardware and software needed to operate the scanning equipment and the storage and uploading of the electronic data gathered. Brendan Carey from Scanclear was employed on Council's behalf as the consultant to oversee this process with his costs covered under Phase 1 of the grant submissions.

In addition to the EID grant submissions, Council are also looking for other grant opportunities to carry out long awaited major works including upgrades to the loading/unloading ramps, lighting, concrete and stormwater drainage, to name but a few. The Consultative Committee would be involved in the planning phases of these works so that all users have input in developing the best possible outcome for all involved, while ensuring the WRLE remains the best facility for all producers in this part of the state to sell their livestock.

If you would like to become involved as a member of this Committee, a meeting will be held at the Council Offices, 34 Lyle Street Warracknabeal on Tuesday December 5th at 7.30pm. For more information please contact Tony Brennan on 5398 0111 or 0427 515 238.

Ray Campling
Chief Executive Officer

Monday October 16th 2017 - 2017 YHT Entries Open

The Theme of Yarriambiack Has Talent 2017 is "This is me".

With last year's field of entries producing some very strong performers, "Yarriambiack Has Talent" is set to rock the Shire between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Sunday December 3rd. Joint winners Abby Sleep and Chelsie King were very strong and knocked off Jack Quick for the 3 peat.
To be eligible to enter YHT a person must be aged between 12 and 25 years during 2017, be either a Resident, work or be educated or have a mailing address within the Yarriambiack Shire Council Boundaries. Like last year there are 3 categories available for competitors.

1. Photography
2. Drawings, Sketches and Paintings
3. Musical/dance Performance.

The event is a Yarriambiack FReeZA event being organised by the Shires Ramp it Rage It Stage It, FReeZA committee and the Shires Youth Action Council. Prizes are sponsored by local businesses Geoffrey's, Werrigar and Jono and Johno. It is terrific to have this local support.

Entry is free. For more details and entry forms please click on the following link:

http://yarriambiack.vic.gov.au/community-services/youth-services/youth-events/

Ray Campling
Chief Executive Officer


Monday October 16th 2017 - Graffiti Prevention Grant to liven up Stadium Wall

Local youth and students from Warracknabeal Secondary College will take part in an opportunity to produce a mural on the Warracknabeal Leisure Complex Wall, facing the Warracknabeal Skate Park.

A successful grant has enabled the council to work closely with the College and Juddy Roller (the company coordinating the painting the Silo Art Trail) to design and paint a mural. Paralleling this is the delivery of an education program and the production of a DVD documenting the journey. On completion of the project, an anti-graffiti cleanup crew would be established to ensure the sustainability of the project.

This exciting project is due to start towards the end of October and finish in December. It will certainly be a colourful addition to the skate park area, and expected to be around 24 metres long and 2 metres high, so quite a substantial piece of art. Consultation with the young people will help formulate the design of the mural and the artist will assist the young people to complete it.

The Education Program that accompanies the project will see guest speakers address the young people and will include a tour of local areas damaged or having graffiti in the past, and a tour of some Graffiti Art is Melbourne, and a talk from a Graffiti Artist.

Ray Campling
Chief Executive Officer