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Golden Plains Mayor's Message


April is set to be another busy month for Golden Plains Shire Council.


This month I’d like to share some of the great work that is happening around the Shire – but if you’d like information as it happens, please keep an eye on the ‘latest news’ section of our website, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. 

If you have a question or feedback, please contact Council directly on 5220 7111 or email enquiries@gplains.vic.gov.au – this way your request can be logged, tracked, addressed to the correct officer and managed promptly.

Improving food access in Golden Plains
Access to food is a basic human right – one that unfortunately, many cannot rely on having. In fact, following an analysis of Golden Plains Shire in relation to municipal food security, it was found that just over one in ten people who completed the survey had run out of food in the last 12 months and could not afford to buy more.

 So Golden Plains Shire Council’s Health and Wellbeing team have been working on improving food access in our communities and two food network groups have been formed to identify and work on local projects. 

Projects and ideas that have been progressed by the Food Network groups include Community Gardens, Festivals, Greengrocers, Emergency Food Relief and much more. 

For more information on these projects or to be involved, please contact Jacinta on 5321 1500.

The new website
We are developing a new, user-friendly website and we’d like to hear your thoughts! 

The web address will be the same (www.goldenplains.vic.gov.au) but the rest will be even better – a better search function, the ability to report an issue online, a news hub and a mobile-friendly design should make it easier for you to get the information you need, even quicker.

We will be launching a test version later this month, and we will be sharing it with residents for feedback, so keep an eye out on social media and in the ‘latest news’ section of Council’s  current homepage.

Bannockburn natural gas timing confirmed
I am very pleased to confirm we have been given timing for AusNet Services to commence the installation of a new natural gas network for Bannockburn. 

Construction is expected to take about 12 months with some residents able to connect to the gas network late in 2016. The majority however will be able to connect from early 2017. 

While this is certainly a win for Bannockburn residents, please rest assured that Council continues to lobby for better infrastructure and services for all Golden Plains residents – this is an important function of local government and Council is committed to it.

Cr Des Phelan
Mayor, Golden Plains Shire Council