News & Consultation


|| Mayoral Matters – October 2019 ||

Last week I went to Melbourne to attend the annual conference of Rural Councils Victoria and the Municipal Association of Victoria with 3 fellow Councillors and the CEO. We listened to addresses from a range of speakers on a broad section of areas that concerned Local Government.

Local Government Minister, Adem Somyurek, gave an update on the revised Local Government Bill that is coming to Parliament later this year. Small Rural Councils such as Yarriambiack will not be forced to have single-member Councillor Wards, but it is still not clear if we will be unsubdivided or retain our current three-ward structure.

Speakers from Regional Development Victoria and the Victorian Auditor Generals Office told us what their departments had in mind for implementation in coming months. At the MAV Conference on Thursday, we listened to talks on how Local Governments should be preparing financial risk strategies in the face of climate change emergencies such as flood or bushfire, and what are some of the future directions and innovations for waste management and recycling. The key message here was that waste material only has value if it is bought back as a processed recycled product. Local government is a collector not a processor, but can be a procurer. Leadership in this domain has to come from the Federal or State Governments.

On October 9 Council had the opportunity to brief Jaala Pulford, MP on issues that concerned Yarriambiack Shire. Heading the list was the Warracknabeal Education precinct project. It is estimated that it will cost about $12 million to complete Stage 2. The minister had met with the school communities earlier that afternoon and we were able to endorse their wish that steps be taken to see that this funding be committed in next May’s State Budget and that the School Building Authority be informed that it can proceed with the preliminary paperwork to prepare for Stage 2.

We also spoke to the Minister about the Local Government Bill, on-going road funding, the deteriorating state of some of our key roads such as Minyip-Donald, continued support for mental health funding, economic development projects in our communities and recycling and waste disposal options for Councils with a large area and a small population. We hope that some progress will be forthcoming in these areas.

October was a busy month for our Councillors and communities. We attended Murtoa’s Big Weekend, annual shows at Murtoa, Warracknabeal and Hopetoun and consultation meetings at Lubeck, Beulah and Minyip. Everyone is in a positive frame of mind and keeping fingers crossed that this year’s harvest delivers it current promise.

Cr Graeme Massey


The Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) has today joined forces with dignitaries and QLD Police to implore Australians to take responsibility for their part in preventing road trauma this Christmas.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Assistant Minister for Road Safety Scott Buchholz and Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey, joined the road safety authority with a powerful road toll installation.
Against the Brisbane CBD backdrop, nine Christmas trees lined the parkland at Wilson’s Outlook Reserve – each representing the lives of children aged 14 and under whose lives were horrifically lost on Australian roads throughout December 2018 and January 2019 period.
The nine trees were adorned with 217 yellow ribbons, as a memoriam of the total number of lives tragically cut short due to road fatalities over those two months. To continue reading please click here.


|| CEO Jessie Holmes & Minister Pakula ||

When Minister Pakula visited Sheep Hills Silo last week 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.