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Mayor's Message for October

We’ve received lots of welcome news for Golden Plains Shire this past month.

Council is delighted with the announcement that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be extended into parts of Golden Plains Shire from January 2017; with areas such as Bannockburn, Inverleigh and Meredith scheduled to come under the scheme. People with disabilities and their carers will be able to access a much wider range of service options and providers within the Shire, saving our residents a trip to Geelong or Ballarat.

On an education note, in addition to the new prep to year 12 secondary school in Bannockburn that is expected to commence construction mid-2016 and open for the 2018 school year, the Catholic Education Office in Melbourne has announced that Bannockburn will be also be home to a catholic primary school in 2020.  Council understands how important local access to quality education is to families, and we’re thrilled that these new schools will provide just that, as well as saving many children from lengthy bus rides to Geelong.

In other wonderful news, the State Government has recently announced that the Bannockburn and District Men's Shed Inc. will receive funding for a permanent home. The new Men’s Shed in Bannockburn will be used by residents of Bannockburn, Lethbridge, Teesdale, Shelford, Maude, Steiglitz, Meredith, Inverleigh, Murgheboluc, Stonehaven, Batesford and Sutherlands Creek. 

We’re very pleased that access to broadband internet continues to increase and improve. Telstra has recently made more ADSL internet ports available in Bannockburn – customers wanting to connect should contact their internet provider.  For a Shire-wide NBN update, go to

I’d also like to welcome nominations for the 2016 Australia Day Awards. We’d love for you to help us formally acknowledge outstanding people and events of Golden Plains. The nomination categories are Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year, and nominations close 4pm, Monday 16 November. Visit for more information.

Tickets are now available for the 2015 Sumptuous Luncheon on Saturday 7 November. This is an opportunity to get out of the house for an afternoon of delicious food and wine and live music, set in a fabulous marquee in central Bannockburn. The event has an impressive local team: local chef (Matt Dempsey from Gladioli), local wine (Austins and Co.) and the menu is infused with local produce from the Golden Plains Farmers’ Market. For tickets and enquiries, contact Lisa Shaw, Farmers Market Project Officer on 5220 7221 for more information.