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Mayors Message December 2016

Your New Council
On behalf of the new Golden Plains Shire Council, thank you for placing your trust in us to represent you.

The 2016-2020 Council includes three returning councillors and four new faces: Cr Joanne Gilbert, Cr Owen Sharkey, Cr David Evans, Cr Les Rowe, Cr Helena Kirby, Cr Nathan Hansford and myself. It is an honour and a privilege for me to once again represent and serve my community as Mayor and I look forward to the next year. You can find out more about your Councillors on our web page and in the December edition of the Gazette.

Have Your Say On The Council Plan
Council is working with the community to produce a new four year (2017-2021) Council Plan. The Plan will guide how Golden Plains Shire Council will deliver projects, facilities and services to make the Shire an even better place to live. You can get involved by telling us your thoughts in a survey, joining a Community Reference Group, sharing your thoughts at a listening post, providing feedback on the draft Council Plan or participating in one of three community workshops. For more detailed information or to complete the survey online, please visit 

Celebrating Our Amazing Volunteers
At the end of November we held our annual Volunteer Celebration, which is always a great opportunity for myself, my fellow Councillors and Council staff to express our gratitude for all the hard work our volunteers put in. If you would like to volunteer for Council, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 5220  7111. If you are interested in volunteering in a future emergency, please register your interest on HelpOut at

New App To Put People First During Emergencies 
As we approach the end of the year, it is more important than ever to make sure you are prepared so you can help keep your family safe. Now, whether it’s a flood, fire, storm, earthquake, tsunami or shark sighting, Victorians can receive warnings for all emergencies through a single mobile phone app and phone number - the new ‘VicEmergency’ app and new VicEmergency Hotline (1800 226 226). 

These fantastic resources provide a one-stop shop for Victorians to access information about emergencies and natural disasters. 

You can download the free app from your mobile phone app store or at For existing FireReady users, the new VicEmergency app is available as an update. For more information visit

Festive Season Opening Hours
Our Customer Service Centres will close at 1.00pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and re-open at 8.30am on Tuesday 3 January 2017. 

Council’s waste and recycling collection service will not experience changes over the Christmas and New Year period. Please ensure bins are placed out the evening before your ordinary scheduled collection day. 

The Rokewood Landfill/Transfer Station will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Please note the site will also be closed on days declared as a Total Fire Ban or Code Red Day.

On behalf of myself and your new Council, I would like to wish all Golden Plains Shire residents a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Cr Des Phelan
Mayor, Golden Plains Shire Council