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Support available for creative COVID initiatives

Do you have a great idea about how to help the Strathbogie Shire community during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

Through a new round of community grants, we are supporting creative initiatives that increase social connection, reduce isolation, and improve physical and mental health during these difficult times.

Applications are now open for the COVID-19 Response Community Grants of up to $5,000, which support one-off programs that strengthen community ties, while helping our citizens to recover from the impacts of coronavirus restrictions.

Groups and organisations are encouraged to come up with innovative ways to achieve positive outcomes. One example could be inviting a special guest speaker to conduct an online presentation, or training others how to use digital communication platforms such as Zoom.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor, Cr Amanda McClaren, said she wants to see applications that demonstrate thinking outside of the box.

"We want to get community groups brainstorming about how they can be creative in engaging with their members, as they are supported through the pandemic," Cr McClaren said.

"We are seeking applications from eligible community groups who want to implement one-off programs, adapt existing services, or implement activities that strengthen our community.

"These grants form part of Strathbogie Shire's RE3 campaign, which encourages us all to reset, reboot and revitalise."

While our community grants program usually comprises four categories, the focus this year is solely on assisting the response to COVID-19.

Who is eligible

Local community groups with programs that provide a direct benefit to the residents of Strathbogie Shire.

Applications are open to groups adapting existing services, programs, or activities to operate under COVID-19 restrictions.

How to apply

Applications open from 9am Wednesday, 16 September 2020, and close at 11.59pm on Friday, 13 November, 2020.

Please submit your application online through our website:

Community grants


Postcards to restore social lifelines

A heartfelt postcard from a loved-one is a time-honoured way of showing support during a difficult time.

So, Strathbogie Shire has launched its creative postcard initiative as a way of keeping all community members connected with family and friends during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a time when many are finding it difficult to keep in touch.

The postcards, which feature striking images of Strathbogie Shire, encourage senders to let others know they are thinking of them. They are available at convenient collection points shire-wide.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor, Cr Amanda McClaren, said the program aims to ensure all members of our community remain engaged and connected.

"Not everyone feels comfortable using online social platforms such as Facebook or Zoom. Many people prefer the very personal act of writing down their feelings and expressing them through an attractively designed postcard," Cr McClaren said.

"For the recipient, going out to their letterbox and collecting one of these cards could be just the tonic they need to brighten their day."

Cr McClaren said staying in contact with others has never been more important.

"Council is feeling for everyone impacted by the pandemic, particularly those who are vulnerable and may be cut-off from their social lifelines," Cr McClaren said.

"This postcard initiative is a great way to improve wellbeing and emotional health. We want to see members of our community taking care of their wellbeing, and caring for others, as we support each other through this time."

Meanwhile, the project is also a great way to keep a record of what life is like in Strathbogie Shire during the pandemic.

The postcards are available locally at selected post offices, supermarkets and community hubs in Strathbogie Shire.

Thinking of You postcard


Working together to adopt a better local law

Strathbogie Shire Council last night adopted a new local law that shows how working with the community means better decisions for our municipality.

A total of 66 submissions were received on Council's Draft Community Local Law No.2, more than 20 people attended online sessions to provide their thoughts and advice and Council officers had about 80 one-on-one phone discussions.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said through this feedback, Council had made several significant changes from the draft document to the Community Local Law No.2 adopted tonight.

She said the Community Local Law No.2 aimed to ensure the safety of the community and protect its amenity.

"This is a seriously important document for Council because it protects the amenity of our Shire," Cr McClaren said.

"We are so lucky to live in such a special place and to call Strathbogie Shire home."

Changes included in the Community Local Law No.2 adopted by Council include:

  • The removal of the permit to move stock within the Shire, while safety requirements continue.
  • The removal of a permit requirement to launch drones from Council-managed land.
  • The clarification that a requirement to remove (pick up) animal excrement applies to domestic animals in townships.
  • The removal of a permit requirement to use shipping containers for agricultural use in the farming zone, proving they are appropriately screened or located, and;
  • The removal of a permit requirement to busk in our Shire.

"Council doesn't create these local laws to make it hard on our residents. They are not designed to restrict activities or stymie creativity," she said.

"This local law is about making sure activities are carried out safely and people living in our Shire are protected.

"More than this is about protecting the amenity and beauty of our municipality."

Upon adoption the new Community Local Law No.2 - the Strathbogie Shire Council Community Local Law No. 6 (2010) will be repealed.

Local Law adopted


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