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Mayors Message June 2017

Council is reminding residents to keep their properties well maintained after an increase in complaints regarding unsightly properties.

Local Law officers carry out property inspections though out the year. If a property is identified as unsightly, a Notice to Comply will be issued to rectify the issue. Failure to comply with a notice may result in a $500 fine.  To prevent notices being issued, the following steps can be used as a guide; 

•  Make sure goods are stored in a garage or shed

•  Ensure any unregistered or dismantled vehicles are removed or stored in a garage

•  Cut or slash overgrown vegetation and remove rubbish

•  Take pride in your property 

In the upcoming months, Council Officers will be conducting property inspections. If you have any questions, please contact Council’s Investigations Officer on 5220 7111.

On a positive note, Council was pleased with two announcements around early childhood education and grant funding from the recent Federal Budget.

Funding for 15 hours of pre-school education per week has been locked in until the end of 2018; and indexation has been restored for Financial Assistance Grants, an important funding source for local government.

Council advocated strongly on these issues, visiting and lobbying local MPs and Ministers to ensure that Golden Plains residents were not disadvantaged by government decisions.