WHATS HAPPENING IN OUR SHIRE
|| Warracknabeal Saleyards – Future Sheep Sales ||
Council sees the Warracknabeal Regional Livestock Exchange as a critical service that needs continue during the COVID emergency, to help ensure food security.
To ensure that sales can continue, Council needs to limit the attendance by non-essential people at the site.
Access during all future sales until further notice will be restricted to Agents, Buyers, Transport Operators, Council and their staff.
The general public will not be able to attend, even if they are sellers at the sale.
We are conscious that many regular attendees are in an age bracket that is potentially more vulnerable to the virus, and are taking this measure as a means of ensuring continuity of the sales.
|| Mayoral Matters – March 2020 ||
At our monthly Council meeting on 26 February we announced the twenty-one projects that were successful for this year’s first round of SHARE grants. There was only $30,000 available and unfortunately due to the current assessment scoring process twelve applications missed out.
Council will be reviewing how we rate projects to ensure that all applicants are not being unfairly disadvantaged by how they word their request. In this round we funded a number of events at Warracknabeal, Rupanyup, Hopetoun, Beulah, Patchewollock and Murtoa as well as upgrades to Hopetoun’s cricket pitch, repairs to Warracknabeal’s town hall and playgroup kitchen, and façade painting to Minyip’s IGA.
Projects that received funding as a result of the Federal Government’s Drought Community Program are well under way. I visited Beulah in late February to meet Kitt and Jaw, the young street artists engaged to paint murals on the memorial hall. Their artwork has dramatically enhanced the side walls of the hall and is well worth a trip to have a look. Ten of our towns are currently commencing their projects that are required to be completed by the end of this year.
The completion of Stages 2 and 3 of Warracknabeal Education precinct was discussed at a meeting with State Education Minister, James Merlino on 20 February. This was the first time the “finish what you started” campaigners had been granted an audience with the Minister.
This was a result of successful lobbying by local MPs Jaala Pulford, Stuart Grimley, Andy Meddick and Emma Kealy. The minister was well-informed about the situation and although he couldn’t commit to funding in the year’s May budget he did say it was on the agenda for discussion. Council, like the Warracknabeal community, hopes for a positive outcome.
In recent weeks I attended the annual art show and the Show and Shine at Minyip, the Wimmera Field Days at Longerenong and the 150th Anniversary celebrations at Rupanyup. All were attended by large numbers of visitors, who thoroughly enjoyed their experience. The crowds at both Minyip and Rupanyup more than doubled the town’s population, to the delight of the organisers. It was just reward for the efforts they had put in to stage the event.
As we look towards the next couple of months the future of many planned activities in our Shire remain in doubt. As the Government and health authorities respond to the coronavirus pandemic we may see the cancellation of a lot of community functions and sporting events. To date Warracknabeal’s Y-Fest committee has cancelled this year’s event that was to be held this Easter and Council has indefinitely postponed the “I am Yarriambiack” function that was to be conducted at Brim on 23 March.
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.