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Mayor's Message for December

Season’s greetings! 
In a special meeting in early November, I was honoured to be re-elected by Council as Mayor for the next year. The last year has held significant challenges and great achievements for Council and over the next year Council will continue to focus on serving the community.

To this end, Council also wanted to make sure Golden Plains residents know about the different ways they can provide feedback to Council, and let them know about opportunities to have input into the 2016-17 Strategic Resource Plan and Budget – you can find our feature in this newsletter, or on our website  

As the festive season grows nearer and the weather heats up, I’d like to encourage you all to ensure you are fire ready. As you know, Golden Plains has experienced devastating bushfires in the last couple of years – fire preparedness is particularly important in a rural shire. Council endeavours to provide residents with as much key information as possible, as well as links to valuable and potentially life-saving resources. 

Vic Emergency is Victoria's combined source of emergency information and warnings – you can visit their website at or follow them on Facebook at We have also provided a special feature in our December edition of the Gazette on being bushfire ready, and a supporting story on what to do if you have received a Fire Ready Notice.

Finally, this is the second year Council has supported White Ribbon Day, the national campaign to end men’s violence against women. You may have seen the signs around the Shire, or seen the white ribbons on the Bannockburn Shire Hall and Customer Service Centre. Council also held an event for business and community supporting groups with White Ribbon ambassador and campaigner Phil Cleary as our guest speaker.  Council is proud to be involved, and I encourage our residents to speak out against violence against women.

And finally, on behalf of Council, I’d like to wish all our residents a safe and happy festive season and summer.