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Mayor's Message

Representing your needs to State and Federal politicians 
Over February and March, the CEO and I met with nine Federal and State government politicians, including Sarah Henderson MP (Federal Member for Corangamite), The Honourable Catherine King MP (Federal Member for Ballarat) and The Honourable Jaala Pulford (State Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture).

In these meetings, we work hard to represent issues and projects that are priorities for the Shire’s residents and businesses. Some of the priorities discussed included the importance of developing the Bannockburn Civic Heart Precinct, the demand for improved telecommunications including mobile phone and Broadband Internet access, as well as the need for improved roads across the Shire.

Community Engagement update
I would like to thank everyone who completed the Community Engagement Survey, we received over 500 responses from residents across the Shire. Our next steps in the development of the Community Engagement Strategy will be to collate the information and analyse the results, which will feed into the development of the first draft of Council’s Community Engagement Strategy 2016-2020. 

Join us in March at the Golden Plains Provedores’ Picnic
In celebration of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Golden Plains Farmers’ Market will host a Provedores’ Picnic on Saturday 5 March from 10am-2pm. Explore the market, buy gourmet fare from market stallholders to share with friends and family while enjoying live music, roving entertainment, activities for the kids and much more.

It costs $5 per group of five or less  – simply turn up and pay on the day.

The April Farmers Market is on Saturday 2 April.

Explore the Shire and have an arts adventure at the Golden Plains Arts Trail
The popular and inspiring Arts Trail returns on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March from 10am-5pm (most venues) – and best of all, it is a free event! Catch the live performances at the Royal Hotel in Meredith and don’t miss the opportunity to catch Circus Oz, conducting a workshop and performance @ the heart.

To find out more, visit the website at and for the latest news, visit the Golden Plains Arts Trail Facebook page. See you on the Trail!

Cr Des Phelan
Mayor, Golden Plains Shire Council