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Mayor's Message, March 2017

Greetings and best wishes for the coming month.

H30 program
Golden Plains Shire Council has been successful in their application to the H30 Challenge.

VicHealth’s H30 Challenge encourages people to make a simple 30-day pledge to replace every sugary drink they would normally drink, with water.

Sugary drinks include sugar-sweetened soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks, ready-to-drink iced tea, flavoured water and cordial.

Golden Plains Shire Council is one of 18 Councils VicHealth is working with this year to promote the challenge.  

Almost 20% of Golden Plains residents drink soft drinks on a daily basis, which is unfortunately well above the Victorian average of 11.2%.

Switching to water can help improve dental health, maintain a healthy weight and save money.

Details on how to register are at or call the Health and Wellbeing team at Council on 5220 7111.

Midland Highway overtaking lanes
In further good news, the location of four overtaking lanes on the Midland Highway between Bannockburn and Meredith have been announced.

VicRoads consulted with local residents on the locations of these overtaking lanes which were funded by $10m from the Victorian government.

Council has lobbied extensively for improvements to Midland Highway, which has a history of crashes.

VicRoads will soon appoint a contractor to complete the works, with construction expected to begin in mid-2017.