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Golden Plains Mayor's Message August 2016

It certainly has been a cold winter! Late July brought an arctic blast, delivering snow to many areas of the Shire. As we enter the last month of winter, Council looks ahead to the warmer months and the important work coming up (and some we worked on during the colder months)!

Congratulations To Our Community Grants Recipients
On Tuesday 28 June 2016 Council resolved to allocate Community Grants to 47 organisations, to a total value of $144,966.  From cubbies to carols, fridges to fencing, these grants empower community groups to deliver enormous value in their local area. With a return of $2.62 for every dollar granted by Council, these projects will deliver an amazing benefit to Golden Plains’ communities. Successful applicants will complete their projects over the 2016/17 year. Congratulations to all the worthy recipients! Find out more on the news section of our website.

A New Look For Our Gazette And Website
Residents recently told us that the Gazette and our website are key ways they get important information about what’s happening at Council. As such, we are pleased to launch our new website and new-look Gazette! 

A lot of work has gone into ensuring both of these provide relevant, timely information, in the way residents want to receive it. 

Check out our new website at It will sit on that site during the initial testing period, and in September the new website will replace the current website at

Also make sure you look out for the new Gazette, hitting your mailbox from 1 August onwards. Don’t forget to tell us what you think by emailing us at

Celebrating 15 Years Of Community Planning
Council is organising an event for the evening of Tuesday 16 August to celebrate 15 years of Community Planning in Golden Plains Shire. The event is being held to thank the many people who have contributed to the success and sustainability of the program, especially Community Coordinators. If you, or someone you know has been involved in the Community Planning Program in the past and would like to receive an invitation to the event please contact the Community Development Team Leader on 5220 7111.

Social Action In Golden Plains
In the June Council meeting, three important social actions were agreed by Council:

•  Participate in ‘Journey to the G’: an event celebrating the remarkable achievement of Johnny Mullagh, Tom Wills and the Aboriginal Cricket Team touring party of 1866. 

•  Sign Age Friendly Victoria Declaration: we are one of the first municipalities in Victoria to formally sign the Age Friendly Victorian Declaration: Statement of support and partner endorsement.

•  Join the Grampians ‘Communities of Respect & Equality’ Alliance: - a group which seeks to prevent violence against women and their children across the Golden Plains Shire. 

Cr Des Phelan
Mayor, Golden Plains Shire Council