|| Work for Victoria ||

Council has been successful in receiving funding for 13 roles at Yarriambiack for over $600,000 (including oncosts and materials) and sign up can be done as per below instructions if you know of anybody.

Yarriambiack Shire Council Mayor, Cr Graeme Massey said this is a worthwhile opportunity for our region and our residents.

“We know that there are many local people that have found themselves out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and there are a lot of people and families facing financial hardship,” said Cr Massey.

“Our priority is to look after the Yarriambiack community at this time and one way we can help is to have local people working for Council.

Register now on Sidekicker, the State Gov’s recruitment partner:


  1. Set up your Sidekicker profile [online or app]
  2. Select up to 3 types of work you’re interested in
  3. State your availability
  4. Add your preferred locality
  5. Jobs that match your profile will be sent to you through SideKicker as new jobs are loaded. You can then choose to ‘pass’ or ‘apply’.

For more information on the process:


|| Mayoral Matters – May 2020 ||

In my mayor’s column last month, I wrote that we were all entering some difficult times that would require us to alter our behavior to adhere to the physical distancing measures imposed by our Federal and State Governments.

It now appears that these restrictions are being gradually eased and that we can start to resume a more normal lifestyle. Over the next few weeks we should see the resumption of organised sport, the reopening of schools, hotels and cafes and clubs and societies holding regular meetings.

Council has conducted two meetings on-line using Zoom. We are hopeful that our next meeting scheduled for 27 May can be held at the Council offices where our focus will be acceptance of the draft budget for 2020-2021 prior to its release for public submission.

Our customer service office will reopen on Monday 25 May, as will 24-hour access to public toilets and Senior Citizen rooms. These are the first steps we are taking to resume usual practice. It will take a little longer before facilities such as the library, museums, caravan parks, playgrounds and the information Centre will be back in operation. Zoom meetings will also continue for some time.

Over the past month I have logged into fifteen of these to keep in contact with other Mayors, Council Officers and media outlets to discuss issues that range from budget preparation to assisting residents in a time of social isolation and economic hardship.

I can announce that Yarriambiack Council has been successful with two applications for State Government assistance.

We are one of few councils that will be able to provide employment for workers in the region who have lost their jobs and registered for the Work for Victoria scheme. This initiative will provide us with $600,000 to offer 13 people employment until November. They will work with our outdoor maintenance staff to undertake cleaning, tree planting, looking after street gardens and assist with some light building construction.

Our application to Regional Arts Victoria for funding from their “Home is where the Hall is” program was accepted. This has resulted in RAV granting $440,000 to match Council and Community funding of $150,000. Yarriambiack has fourteen halls throughout the Shire that will benefit from this project. Each community has submitted their needs that include new curtains, painting, access ramps, air- conditioning and general maintenance.

We are looking forward implementing these and other projects as we move into a time of recovery from this pandemic. Our sensible and considerate behavior in response to the distancing measures will enable this to occur.

Cr Graeme Massey


|| CEO Jessie Holmes & Minister Pakula ||

When Minister Pakula visited Sheep Hills Silo we took the chance to discuss the new Murtoa Swimming Pool Change Rooms.

The contract to design and construct the new swimming pool change rooms was awarded to local builder DJ & DL Delahunty Pty Ltd at the most recent
Council meeting. Thanks to the Minister, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Council and the generous community contribution the project will be a great addition.

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