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Golden Plains CEO's Message

You may note that this is once again a ‘CEO message’ this month, rather than a ‘Mayor message’. At the time of writing, Council election results were not known – please visit after 2 November to find out who your new Councillors are!

Federal Funding Gets Bannockburn Heart Beating
Sarah Henderson MP, Federal Member for Corangamite announced in October a $1.2 million National Stronger Regions Grant for Council to deliver Stage One of the Bannockburn Civic Heart Precinct. 

Bannockburn’s first ever family-friendly outdoor civic precinct will take shape on the Golden Plains Farmers’ Market site and Bannockburn Cultural Centre area. The space will undergo an amazing transformation, and will include a paved plaza for events and gatherings, public toilets, a play space for the kids, paths, walkways and attractive landscaping. 

We are delighted for Bannockburn and surrounding communities!  This project complements a list of recently completed or in-progress projects, including the Smythesdale Oval upgrade, the Smythesdale Hub extension, Dereel Community Hall refurbishment, and construction of the Dereel Men’s Shed, Woady Yaloak Female Change Rooms and Lethbridge Play Space. 

To find out more about Bannockburn Heart, visit

Nominate Someone Great For Council’s Australia Day Awards!
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Golden Plains Shire Council Australia Day Awards. Don’t miss this great opportunity to formally acknowledge extraordinary individuals and community groups – I’m sure we all know at least one person or group who has made an outstanding contribution to Golden Plains in fields such as community service or events, arts and culture, environment, business or economic development. 

Nomination forms are available from Council or online at

Help Us Shape Our Council Plan 2017-2021
Over the next few months we will work with the Golden Plains community to determine our strategic directions and objectives for a new four year (2017-2021) Council Plan. The Plan describes Council’s strategic objectives, ways to achieve the objectives, indicators for measuring progress and the resources required to implement the Plan for at least four years. In short, it is a roadmap to how we can get to where we want to go. Keep an eye on our website and social media accounts to see how you can get involved.

Detox Your Home – Ballarat And Geelong
Get rid of toxic household chemicals and free some space at one of Sustainability Victoria’s ‘Detox Your Home’ chemical collection points.

The next opportunity to dispose of unwanted chemicals is on Saturday 3 December at the Ballarat Transfer Station on Gillies Street South from 10am to 2pm.

Geelong will hold its collection on Saturday 11 February at the Corio Operations Centre, 299 Anakie Road, Lovely Banks from 8am to 4pm. 

Rod Nicholls,  CEO, Golden Plains Shire Council