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26 January 2020

Strathbogie Shire has recognised local achievers during Australia Day ceremonies held in Avenel, Euroa, Longwood, Nagambie, Strathbogie and Violet Town.
The ceremonies included the presentation of the overall Shire 2020 Australia Day awards, recognising and acknowledging the community service contributions and achievements of Strathbogie residents during 2019.

The following were the winners:
Go Nagambie is a membership-based body which works to be the voice of the Nagambie business community, particularly through promoting Nagambie as a tourism destination. It has supported events during the year, including GoFish Nagambie, the annual New Year fireworks, High St beautification project, supporting community groups and clubs, the Women in Business luncheon and much more. It has also developed a new website to ensure it has greater communications with the public.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR – Southern Aurora Commemorative Weekend (Violet Town)
The Southern Aurora Commemorative Weekend was held over four days in February 2019 to pay tribute to the 50th year anniversary of the Southern Aurora train crash in February 1969. The committee’s aim in organising the event was to acknowledge the involvement and effort of people associated with the tragedy and to find ways to bring them together to share stories and leave a permanent series of memories of the Southern Aurora. These memorials have included a subtly designed garden area, interpretive boards, maps, information, pathways, photographic and art exhibition, as well as pieces of memorabilia donated and on loan. On February 7, a minute’s silence was observed at the precise time of the collision, 7.03am, and coincided with the railway authorities lowering the boom gates in recognition. Negotiations were made with V/Line to donate an original Southern Aurora sleeper carriage which is a major feature within the gardens area. It will be renovated as funding becomes available.
JUNIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Macey Ross (Violet Town)
Macey is a well-known sportsperson in the Violet Town community. She is a regular volunteer and player for the Violet Town Football Netball Club, assisting with scoring, in the canteen, carrying water, helping with the football scoreboard and assisting with a variety of other jobs as required. She has represented her school in athletics and swimming at zone level. She also assists at Auskick, where she also plays.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Ashleigh Butcher (Nagambie)
Ashleigh is a long-standing volunteer for the Nagambie on Water Festival (NOW) and is involved in many community groups. She completes her work with enthusiasm and ensures all others involved are well coordinated and engaged. She has also been an active member of Evolve Youth for many years. In her final VCE year she was a Seymour College school captain. While completing Year 12 she was involved in additional leadership camps and is currently on a GAP year in Canada working at youth camps.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Greg Dudley (Euroa)
Greg is a keen singer-songwriter who regularly performs at the Euroa Senior Citizens/Third Age Club. His ‘Sund’y by the Sevens’ free concerts have been running since November 2012 and attract substantial audiences from Euroa and neighbouring towns including Benalla, Seymour, Shepparton and Alexandra. He performs his own compositions, many of which depict Euroa landmarks and Euroa historical events. Greg also visits district nursing homes, performing for the residents and friends, where he is always well-received, bringing great enjoyment to his audiences. Greg is also a long-time committee member of the Euroa Wool Week Committee and member and active participant of the Euroa Museum. He is also interested in local history, assisting the historical society by conducting tours of significant landmarks.

The township winners are:
COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR – Avenel Heritage Writers Group (Avenel Story Boards) for telling the story of significant sites in the township of Avenel through the installation of the storyboards.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR – The opening of a new engine room at Avenel Fire Station which has created a valuable community asset.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Cain Murray for his work in mentoring younger people, particularly in sports.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Jared Smith for his commitment to the development of junior sport in Avenel, particularly the Avenel Cricket Club.

COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS OF THE YEAR (joint winners) – Euroa SES for the community benefits the organisation brings and Euroa Basketball Association for its work on improving the outdoor basketball court in Euroa.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR – Euroa Chamber of Business and Commerce for its well-attended and insightful business breakfast.
JUNIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Grace Kemp, for collecting more than 5000 bottle caps to be used to make prosthetic limbs, therefore raising awareness of disability and sustainability.
YOUNG CITIZENS OF THE YEAR – (joint winners) Euroa Secondary College captains Tess Manson and Robert Paradzayi for representing the community.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Greg Dudley (see above) and Roma Joyce. Roma has devoted much of her retirement to volunteering at Euroa Historical and Genealogical Society.

COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR – Longwood East Landcare Group which is actively involved in many tasks to help create a better environment.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR – Longwood Primary School’s Halloween Event where students engage in team building opportunities to design and create themed props for the school.
JUNIOR CITIZENS OF THE YEAR – Jasmyn Wilson and Ruby Hulet for their work as Longwood Primary School Captains.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR Longwood – Yvonne Huggins, for going above and beyond in her teacher’s aide role at Longwood Primary School.

COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR – GoFish Nagambie, which has become an outstanding event, attracting anglers from across the region.
JUNIOR CITIZENS OF THE YEAR – (joint winners) Campbell Baker, Charlie Cubbin, Brodie Miller, Eliza Shelton, Jacinta Swan and Hugh Traynor-Murphy who formed Nagambie Primary and St Joseph's Primary School athletic competition team and enjoyed great success at State level.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Ashley Butcher (as above)
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Norm Cahill for being named Tennis Victoria's 2019 Spirit of Tennis award-winner. Norm has spent years teaching others tennis and playing himself.

YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Eliza Hoare for her leadership in sport and fundraising.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Diane Mackrell for her community work over many years and for a variety of different organisations.

COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR – Southern Aurora Memorial Committee, which organised the 50th anniversary commemorations of the Southern Aurora train crash.
COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR - Southern Aurora Commemorative Weekend (as above)
JUNIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Macey Ross (as above)
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Sharon Kaup for her work with the Violet Town Football Netball Club and other community groups.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Karen Dunn for her support of the Violet Town CFA and a host of other community groups.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren extended her congratulations to all the award-winners, saying they were the lifeblood of the Strathbogie Shire.

“We are extremely lucky to have the calibre of people who live in our Shire, all of whom are willing to help make their towns and surrounds a better place,” she said.

“It is fantastic that we can come together on Australia Day and honour these people for their efforts, and we extend our sincere appreciation to all those who were nominated.”

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By-election countback held

20 January 2020

A by-election countback for the Lake Nagambie Ward was held this morning at the Euroa Community Conference Centre

As a result of this, Robert (Bob) Gardner is a Councillor elect and an official swearing-in ceremony will take place on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 10am at the Nagambie Visitor Information Centre.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The seat was made vacant following the resignation of following the resignation of Cr Debra Bower (formerly Swan).

A postal by-election will be held this March for Honeysuckle Creek Ward within Strathbogie Shire Council.
This follows the resignation of Cr Kate Stothers.

People are reminded that they must be correctly enrolled by 4pm Friday 24 January to be eligible to vote.

There are special enrolment categories for owners, occupiers, company nominees and people who are not Australian citizens but pay rates for an address in Honeysuckle Creek Ward.

Check your enrolment at:


Pictured below at the by-election count are Cr John Mason, Robert (Bob) Gardner, Cr Malcolm Little, Cr Amanda McClaren (Mayor) and Phillippa Heskett (Victorian Electoral Commission). 


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New CEO looking forward to meeting community 16 January 2020 Julie Salomon has joined Strathbogie Shire Council as its new Chief Executive Officer. Ms Salomon brings with her a wealth of senior executive experience, having spent more than 10 years at Greater Shepparton City Council and City of Monash. She has signed a three-year contract with Council, taking over from Acting Chief Executive Phil Howard. Ms Salomon was selected from a list of high-achieving candidates after an extensive recruitment process. Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said Ms Salomon was passionate about working with, and for, communities, driving quality service delivery and delivering creative and sustainable outcomes for the community. “We are so pleased to appoint Julie, a seasoned local government executive, with a strong connection to the Goulburn Valley region and broad experience in leading and managing community development and services,” she said. “It will be fantastic to have Julie at the helm as we head into the final year of this Council’s term. “We look forward to the leadership and vision Julie will provide the organisation into the future, with a strong focus on meeting the needs and expectations of our community.” Ms Salomon said one of her key priorities was working with the community for better outcomes for all. “I look forward to building on and harnessing new, existing and emerging opportunities and working with Councillors and our community to achieve our shared goals, priorities and aspirations,” she said.

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Maternal Child Health open sessions for new parents

11 January 2020

Strathbogie Shire Council’s Maternal and Child Health Service open sessions are now available at the same times across all four centres.

The open sessions, which are held from 9.30am to 11am on designated days at each centre, are designed to give families the opportunity to call into their local centre for a 15-minute consultation with a Maternal and Child Health nurse without a prior booking.

Community Wellbeing Manager Debra Ellis said the sessions are a great way for parents to simply drop in to discuss weighing, feeding and growth reviews with their new baby.

“These regular open sessions are primarily for short consults but will give parents the opportunity to call in without an appointment to discuss any concerns they may he having,’’ she said.

She said the open sessions are available to families in addition to 10 key age and state visits which are provided for all children enrolled with the service. Individual appointments should be made for these.

Strathbogie Shire has three highly qualified and skilled maternal and child health nurses in Jane, Cheryl and Leoni, who has joined the team this year.

Ms Ellis said the Council’s Maternal and Child Health Nurses are skilled and knowledgeable in child development as well as breastfeeding, sleeping and nutrition.

Families visiting Euroa and Avenel centres will be able to utilise the newly refurbished facilities that were undertaken in 2019.

The designated days for open sessions at each centre are:

  • Euroa Maternal and Child Health Centre, 2 Bury St - Mondays
  • Nagambie Maternal and Child Health Centre, Nagambie Preschool, 16 Vale St - Tuesdays
  • Avenel Maternal and Child Health Centre, Avenel Preschool, 31 Watson St - Wednesdays
  • Violet Town Maternal and Child Health Centre, Violet Town Preschool, Hyacinth St – Thursdays.

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Plastic Time Monsters to educate children on waste

Thursday, 12 December, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council is proud to present ‘Attack of the Plastic Time Monsters’, a free theatrical comedy show for kids of all ages happening at the Euroa Community Cinema on Thursday 16th January at 2pm.

Attack of the Plastic Time Monsters is a fast-paced performance raising awareness about littering and ocean health.

Created and performed by two of Melbourne's finest comedians and aimed at children of all ages, this show has universal appeal for young and old.

The play follows the story of two best friends who have been sent back through time to save their world from total annihilation.

The dreaded plastic time monsters are hot on their trail. Can they deliver a message to the people of Earth that will change the course of history and save their oceans?

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the show provides a great educational activity for children of all ages these school holidays.

“Our community is really kicking goals when it comes to waste diversion and climate action, with a ranking of number two out of 79 local government areas for waste diversion and some fantastic initiatives already completed as part of our Sustainable Strathbogie 2030 Strategy,” Mayor McClaren explained.

“Educating young people about waste and caring for our environment is so critical to continuing the great work we are doing as a community to ensure the future health of our planet, especially as we continue to see the impact of climate change.”

“If you’re looking for something fun and educational for your children to enjoy these holidays, this show is a must!”

The show had an extended sell out season at La Mama and Melba Speigeltent at last year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Attack of the Plastic Time Monsters is a free all-ages event.

Photo credit: Roderick Diaz

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Stay safe on the water this summer

Thursday, 5 December, 2019

This Water Safety Week, Strathbogie Shire Council reminds waterways users to play it safe on the water, especially during the summer period.

Locals and visitors to the Strathbogie Shire are fortunate to have beautiful waterways to enjoy during the summer period, especially the Lake Nagambie and Goulburn River waterways frequented by an influx of vessels in the warmer weather.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said Nagambie Lakes and Goulburn River provides a wonderful opportunity for boating, fishing and recreational enjoyment.

“We are so lucky to be able to enjoy the beautiful waterways in Nagambie, and we remind our users to remain vigilant with water safety and show consideration for other waterways users, especially during the busy period,” Cr McClaren said.

Strathbogie Shire Council, in conjunction with Goulburn Murray Water and Maritime Safety Victoria, is currently in the initial phase of a speed limit and zoning review of the Nagambie Lakes and Goulburn River waterways and will be out and about this summer to chat with users about current rules and ways to improve safety and recreational use of the waterways.

There will also be formal opportunities for the community to provide input into the waterways review and Council will provide updates as these opportunities become available.

Maritime rules apply to all forms of recreational use on the water including boating, jetskis, swimming, canoeing and fishing.

Council will work closely with Transport Safety Victoria (MSV) and Water Police to patrol the waterways and address any anti-social behaviour, with fines issued to users who fail to comply with regulations.

Council urges anyone with urgent concerns about antisocial behaviour on or off the water to contact the Police on 000.

For more information about waterways safety, visit, or call Transport Safety Victoria on 1800 223 022 and follow the prompts for maritime safety.

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Respect Women: Call it out

Tuesday, 3 December, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council urges our community to call out gender-based violence, sexism, harassment and disrespect towards women.

The 16 Days of Activism is a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness about violence against women and the impact of gender-based violence.

The campaign starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and concludes on 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

Strathbogie Shire Council has partnered with Respect Victoria and the Municipal Association of Victoria to advocate for gender equity and respect in its workplace and in the local community, promoting the theme Respect Women: Call It Out. This campaign encourages people to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women when it is safe to do so.

Council acknowledges disrespect towards women can be a difficult topic to bring up in conversation, especially in relationships, communities and in settings where attitudes and beliefs about traditional gender roles may be strongly held. 

There are many ways you can respond to sexism, harassment and disrespect towards women, depending on the context and your level of confidence. These can be grouped into four key categories:

> Diffuse: Make light-hearted comments or give disapproving looks

> Check in: See if the target is okay

> Call it out: Declare the statement or behaviour offensive and explain why it is harmful

> Report: Access incident reporting systems or report to management where applicable

If you or someone you know needs help or support please contact 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732. It is a 24/7 service for national sexual assault, domestic and family violence.

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]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Tue, 03 Dec 2019 16:41:01 +1100
Free movies and pool parties this summer

Monday, 2 December, 2019

Those looking for things to do over summer can look forward to free movies and pool parties in the Strathbogie Shire.

Celebrate the arrival of summer in style at our pool parties, with live music courtesy of local youth artists, Splinter Kiss and DJ Le Grande Fromage, free barbecue, games and giveaways.

The fun will kick off at the Nagambie Pool on Monday 16th December, Avenel Pool on Tuesday 17th December, follow by Thursday 19th December at Violet Town Pool and Friday 20th December at the Euroa Pool.

All pool parties will run from 4- 7pm and will be fully-supervised drug, alcohol and smoke free events. For more information, please contact Council Offices on 1800 065 993 or email

Strathbogie Shire Council is also running free movies at the Euroa Community Cinema every Tuesday in January.

There will be free matinees every Tuesday at 2pm, including Dora and the Lost City of Gold [PG], The Addams Family [PG], The Queen’s Corgi [PG] and Playmobil: The Movie [PG].

Our mature-aged free screenings will be at 8pm every Tuesday and include Joker [MA15+], Zombieland Double Tap [MA15+], Charlie’s Angels [M], and Terminator: Dark Fate [MA15+].

Tickets, more information and full terms and conditions are available at

Strathbogie Shire Council Youth Officer, Andy Bell said these holiday programs have been organised in response to feedback from Council’s recent youth survey where local young people highlighted a need for more events, activities and things to do in the area.

“We really encourage our local young people to grab their family, or get a group of friends together to enjoy free fun at our pool parties and cinema this summer,” Mr Bell said.

“These free events are available for our whole community to enjoy; the more the merrier!”

The pool parties and movies have been made possible through the Victorian Government’s FReeZA Program.

Click here for full details about the pool parties

Click here for full details about free movies

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:56:10 +1100
New policy and reporting for Councillors

Thursday, 28 November, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council has recently endorsed a new Councillor Support, Resources, Reimbursement and Reporting of Expenses Policy and published a breakdown of Councillor expenses for 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The new policy and breakdown of councillor expenses can be viewed on Council’s website by clicking the VAGO Action Plan button on the homepage

This page also provides background information, Frequently Asked Questions and Council’s Action Plan and progress.

This work is in response to the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office report into fraud and corruption control in local government released in June 2019, in which Strathbogie was one of four council’s selected to participate.

Whilst the report concluded there was no fraud or corruption detected at Strathbogie, it did identify expenditure where it was unclear how residents and ratepayers benefited, practices that may not meet public expectations and non‐compliance with legislative requirements around annual reporting of councillor expenses.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said councillors will now be equipped with more clear and stringent guidelines and process.

“We now have a very robust and clear policy and best practice guidelines which will ensure community confidence in councillor expenses when undertaking their civic duties,” Mayor McClaren said.

“We are pleased to have completed nearly 70 percent of our Action Plan in response to the VAGO Audit and aim to have all actions completed by early 2020.”

Click here to read the full story

Click here to view the new policy and reported expenses

]]> (Clare Allen) Latest News Thu, 28 Nov 2019 11:17:09 +1100
Waste Collection Calendars

These handy calendars will help keep you on track with which bin goes out each week. 

Click on the links below to download the calendar for your area.Calendar Pic

Monday Area A Collection Calendar

Monday Area B Collection Calendar

Tuesday Area A Collection Calendar

Tuesday Area B Collection Calendar

Thursday Area A Collection Calendar

Thursday Area B Collection Calendar

Friday Area A Collection Calendar

Friday Area B Collection Calendar


If you are unsure which area you live in, our online mapping can tell you.

Follow this link to our online Pozi mapping, enter your address into the search box and expand the Waste Collection tab for all the details.

Pozi Search


Waste Area Snip


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