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Mayor's Message - July 2016

July is the mid-point of winter, so we’re approaching the warmer weather! I certainly hope that our primary producers across the shire have had enough rain to help them continue to grow and create products that Golden Plains can continue be proud of.

Much of that produce can be found at the Golden Plains Farmers’ Market, held on the first Saturday of each month in Bannockburn. If you live in the north of the Shire, it’s well worth the drive to get premium meats, cheeses, wines and more. 

Emergencies can become overwhelming for emergency services, who take hundreds of calls from people volunteering to help. These offerings are a testament to our community spirit, however can be difficult to manage. 

HelpOUT is an emergency volunteer database that helps relieve some of this pressure – it coordinates a list of volunteers who have registered to be contacted in future emergencies. So if an emergency happens, people don’t have to call up busy service providers to register as volunteers – they’re already registered with HelpOUT. To register or find out more, please visit

Tell Us Why You Love Where You Live 
As part of Council’s Events, Marketing and Communications Strategy, we are planning to develop profiles for our towns and communities, and feature one profile in each Gazette. While Council knows a lot about our Shire, we want to hear what you love about where you live – what is special about your local area? If people were to visit, what is a must-see or must-do? Is there a local mystery or mind-boggling fact people should know? How can new residents get involved in the community? Answer these questions and address them to the Communications and Marketing team, either by emailing or posting them to Golden Plains Shire Council, PO Box 111, Bannockburn  Victoria  3331.

Should You Stand For Council?
Local Government elections will be held in October. Golden Plains Shire Council, in conjunction with the Municipal Association Victoria, is holding ‘Stand for Council’ briefing sessions which are all about helping you find out everything you need to know about standing for Council and local government. For example, you could be a Councillor if you are:
• interested in improving your community
• an Australian citizen
• 18 or over on election day
• a resident or ratepayer of Golden Plains Shire Council.

I encourage anyone interested in standing for Council to attend these useful sessions. You can find out more at 

Cr Des Phelan
Mayor, Golden Plains Shire Council