Council meeting pieces - 22 July 2021

Published on 22 July 2021

Councillors 2020

Community Vision Reaffirmed

The current Community Vision for Campaspe Shire - “We are strong, supportive, vibrant and sustainable” - will be retained after community feedback confirmed support for the statement as an expression of the community’s aspirational future state for Campaspe Shire.

The Community Vision statement was reaffirmed through a community consultation process with feedback gained via 12 open community sessions, six pop-up listening posts and an online survey. This feedback was summarised and circulated to the wider Campaspe community for input. The engagement process validated the current Community Vision as relevant and supported by the community.

The Community Vision will help shape the new Council Plan 2021-25, Council’s key strategic document that guides the organisation to deliver on its goals and priorities for the four-year period. The community will be invited to provide feedback on the Council Plan in coming months.

Partnership with Murray Regional Tourism Renewed

Council has signed a new three-year agreement with Murray Regional Tourism (MRT) maintaining its contribution to the development of tourism assets, activities and opportunities across Campaspe Shire as part of the Murray region.

Tourism is a key driver of the shire’s economy, directly supporting hundreds of local businesses and thousands of local jobs. It also contributes to a more vibrant community atmosphere through the attraction of visitors who come to experience unique events, festivals and places, and enjoy the welcoming hospitality of the people who live in the area.

Flag Flying Policy Adopted

A new Flag Flying policy provides guidance for the flying of flags by Council and the management of community requests to fly flags or banners, across the shire.

The policy details where, when and why Council will fly the different types of formal flags. Formal flags include the Australian National Flag, Victorian State Flag, Aboriginal Flag, Torres Strait Islander Flag and Campaspe Shire Flag.

The policy details the process for approving community requests to fly flags or banners and where they may be flown. It also provides guidance regarding the appropriateness of the message and/or symbolic meaning of a flag/banner.

The Flag Flying Policy can be viewed online on Council’s website.

Public Spaces Trading Policy Adopted

Council’s Public Spaces Trading Policy has been adopted after a period of community consultation.

The policy details how Council will manage trading activities on Council-owned assets and land, such as footpaths, parks and reserves. The aim is to keep public spaces safe and accessible for the community, and ensure trading activities do not negatively impact on the local amenity and aesthetics of an area. The policy relates to such trading activities as markets, commercial health and fitness activities, and stalls/tables set up in front of shopfronts, among others.

Businesses and community groups within Campaspe that trade goods and services on Council-owned assets and land are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the policy and the Public Spaces Trading Guidelines which accompany the policy. The guidelines specify the timing, locations, activities and equipment for the trading of goods and services.

Community Grants Allocations

As part of the Responsive Grants Program, Echuca Historical Society Inc has received a grant of $763.60 for the printing of 3,000 Heritage Walk brochures. The brochures will be distributed via the Visitor Information Centre, tourist attractions and accommodation outlets.

An amount of $5,000 in grants plus $4,100 of in-kind support have been allocated as part of the Community Event Sponsorship Program. The grant recipients are:

  • Njernda Aboriginal Corporation received a grant of $5,000 and in-kind assistance valued at $600 to assist with hosting the recent NAIDOC Winter Carnival.
  • Echuca Moama Triathlon Club Inc received in-kind assistance valued at $3,500 to assist with hosting the 2021 Sweat vs Steam event. This event is for all ages and caters for different fitness levels, offering 5km and 10km walk/run courses.

A young lawn bowler from Kyabram will receive a grant of $200 under the Junior Development Grants Program, designed to support people under 18 years in their personal development and growth. The grant will support Olivia Cartwright to represent Victoria at the U18 Lawn Bowls State Test Series being held in Tasmania this month.