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Bannockburn Community Plan 2017 to 2020: Making Bannockburn an even better place to live.


September Update.
The BCP team has now received the $7500 funding from Golden Plains Shire to support our projects and lobbying.


Several members of the group also attended the useful and informative Event Management Workshop on Tuesday August 8, hosted by the shire.

Progress Reports: 
1.  Improving Road safety. 

Four members of our group met with David Greaves from the Shire on Monday July 31 to discuss road safety developments. 

Discussions included likely plans for the railway crossing, speed limits around the town, pedestrian crossings, duplication of the Midland Highway between Bannockburn and Meredith, wombat crossings (raised humps), the intersection with Burnside Rd and the Hamilton Highway and the need to synchronise the planned temporary closing of the Bannockburn railway crossing  for a Murray Basin Rail Project.

See  https://corporate.vline.com.au/murraybasinrail  for details. 

We felt it would make sense to get the road works done at the same time as the railway upgrade. 
Gauge conversion works between Gheringhap and Warrenheip are scheduled for March to August 2018. Be advised that the new railway upgrade will result in an approximate 15% increase in rail traffic.

2. Recycling and Rubbish
We are still trying to arrange a meeting with the supermarket to discuss what our local outlets have planned for reducing, re-using and recycling of soft plastic bags, one of the most intractable items. 

However, it is very easy to take matters into your own hands and plan your shopping to avoid plastic bags and superfluous packaging. Buy your meat at the butchers to avoid filling your recycling bin with useless plastic trays and remember to take your shopping bags back to the car for the next trip. 

3. Town maintenance and beautification
The shire has engaged a landscape architecture firm to consult on plans to improve the amenity of High St. A community consultation meeting will soon be conducted. 

As reported in the Friends of Bannockburn Bush article, the cubs, scouts, Shire, FOBB, Treehome Nursery and Vicroads combined forces on Saturday August 19 to plant out the newly cleaned up Harvey Rd soil dumps. This is a great outcome after working on the project for so long.

4. Teesdale to Bannockburn Bicycle track.
No new developments so far but background planning and fund-seeking are progressing. Get in touch if you are interested in this valuable project.

5. Local Initiatives: Bannockburn Heritage
Members of the group are looking at ways we can do more to promulgate Bannockburn’s heritage. The area has  a rich and deep, recent and indigenous history but there is nothing readily available for tourists and locals to direct them to interesting sites.

For more information on the Community Planning Projects in Golden Plains visit:  https://www.goldenplains.vic.gov.au/my-town

and

https://www.goldenplains.vic.gov.au/residents/my-community/community-services/community-planning

Stuart McCallum for the Bannockburn Community Co-ordinators.