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The News and Consultation section contains a range of options to keep people informed on current projects and activities, news items, publications; and opportunities for consultation and input into important decisions.

This is the most regularly changing section of the website - with the latest information. Stay informed by regularly visiting this page.

Council Plan Community Consultation

Buloke Shire Council is in the process of developing a new four year Council Plan and are seeking your input and feedback on the development of the objectives and strategies that will set the direction for Council over the next four years.

You can have your say and complete the Council Plan survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/BulokeCouncilPlan 

We are asking you to review the objectives and strategies proposed and to rate their importance in shaping the future of Buloke Shire. At the end of each section, please take the time to tell us what we’re missing, and any actions or projects that you think should be included in the Plan.

Your feedback will be collated and considered by Councillors and community members at a community forum in April and will help us in developing the final plan. There will be a further opportunity to provide feedback on the draft plan in May, please keep an eye out in our weekly Community Update for more information. The closing date for the consultation is 31 March 2017.

Fruit Fly Bites 

23 March 2017      Council is continuing to receive numerous requests in relation to fruit fly instances. Buloke Shire sits outside the fruit fly exclusion zone, so there is no state government funding to address the situation.

Full details here.

Community Update

21 March 2017  Did you catch our Community Update in the newspapers this week?

Community Presentation

The Charlton flood and drainage management plan implementation steering committee identified community support for a range of flood mitigation treatments including the reinstatement of the floodway on Charlton St. Arnaud Road and the design of a levee(s) to prevent floodwaters from entering the township.

A 3D fly-over of the proposed levee is to be presented to the community at sessions on Monday, 27 March at the Rex Theatre, Charlton. The sessions will run between 2.00pm and 3.00pm again between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. There will be an opportunity to discuss proposals at these times.

For further information contact Council’s Manager Emergency and Project Coordination, Warren Hemopo on 1300 520 520.

Review of Road Management Plan

Buloke Shire Council is conducting a review of its Road Management Plan. The purpose of the review is to assess current road management practices, including the inspection, maintenance and repair of all Council’s roads as listed in its Register of Public Roads, taking account of financial considerations, community expectations and service delivery priorities.

View the draft Road Management Plan. View Appendix D- Maps.

Any person wishing to make comment as part of this review can do so by: email: buloke@buloke.vic.gov.au; in writing to: PO Box 1, Wycheproof, Victoria 3527; or handing in written feedback in person at our Wycheproof Shire Office. Council will consider all submissions received from 9.00am 15 March 2017 up to 5.00pm 18 April 2017.

Warning For Lake Buloke

10 March 2017    Local residents and visitors are being warned there is a suspected occurrence of botulism in the water birds at Lake Buloke.

Read the DELWP Media Release here.

Queensland Fruit Fly in Victoria

Queensland fruit fly (QFF) (Bactrocera tryoni) attacks a wide range of fruits and fruiting vegetables, leaving them inedible.

Produce damaged by QFF can cause real disappointment for home gardeners. If left uncontrolled, QFF can lead to total crop losses.

Managing QFF in your garden can be a challenge; however as with all pests, there are various strategies you can implement to protect your home-grown produce.

To learn more view this helpful guide or visit www.preventfruitfly.com.au

Blue Green Algae - Wooroonook Lakes

3 March 2017     Wooroonook Lake continues to be affected by a Blue-Green Algae (BGA) bloom.

What does this mean?

It is advisable not to swim in BGA affected water and to avoid any direct contact.

Direct contact with BGA can cause allergic reactions such as skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes, ears and nose or, if swallowed gastroenteritis, nausea or vomiting.

People who come in contact with contaminated water should wash immediately in fresh water and seek medical advice if experiencing illness after contact with BGA affected water.

Any fish harvested from BGA affected water should have gills and guts removed prior to cooking. People should not eat whole fish, or shellfish or crustaceans collected from Wooroonook Lakes. The type of algae affecting Wooroonook Lakes produces toxins that can concentrate in shellfish and crustaceans and also accumulate in the liver and internal organs of fish. Ingesting BGA toxins can lead to serious illness.

Water from the affected body should not be used for drinking, cooking or other domestic uses. Boiling the affected water will not make it safe for use.

For any health issues experienced after contact with BGA affected water, please seek medical advice immediately.

Pet owners should prevent pets from drinking or having direct contact with contaminated water.

Visitors to the area are advised that they can still enjoy other recreational activities such as bushwalking, boating and sightseeing around the lake.

Buloke Shire Council staff will continue to regularly monitor the algal bloom through visual inspections and laboratory analysis of samples.

If you have any questions, please contact Council on 1300 520 520.

Planning Scheme Amendment C27- Donald and Charlton Floodway Overlays

Following the recent completion of the works on the Charlton-St. Arnaud Road and at the request of Planning Panels Victoria, we are advising the Charlton community that Council and the North Central Catchment Management Authority will be recommending that the Panel adopts the alternate map being Map 3 for the Charlton Township.

Following Community consultation over the exhibited Amendment C27, letters were sent out to properties showing:

Map 1 – the existing overlay controls in Charlton for Land Subject to Inundation and Floodway.

Map 2 – the proposed amendment controls as exhibited.

Map 3 – the impact works on Charlton – St. Arnaud would have on the overlay controls (a reduction in the proposed application and extent of the Floodway Overlay in particular).

You can view the maps by clicking on each link above.

The Planning Panel will be held on Friday, 24 March 2017 in the Charlton Hall Supper Room from 10.00am.

Stay Safe in a Power Outage

As the summer heat continues, the Victorian Government’s summer campaign, Your Guide to Power Outages, is seeking to help Victorians keep safe during a power outage in bushfires and extreme weather conditions.  

While Victoria has very reliable electricity supply, power outages can happen – particularly during heatwaves, bushfires and grassfires.

A guide has been produced Your Guide to Power Outages with a call to action: It only takes a few simple things to prepare.

Some simple tips include having access to:

·    A torch or battery-operated light

·    A phone that doesn’t rely on electricity (such as a fully-charged mobile phone)

·    A battery powered radio for news and updates

·    Fresh water (if you rely on an electric pump for water)

·    The faults and emergencies contact number from your latest bill.

Summer is also a time to check on elderly or vulnerable relatives and neighbours .

There’s a lot of useful advice online.

Visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/poweroutages for more information on how to get prepared, or call the Customer Service Centre on 13 61 86.

Pollard on Mayoral Advisory Panel 

21 February 2017     Buloke Shire Council Mayor, Cr David Pollard has been appointed to the 2017 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel alongside Mayors from 12 other Local Government Areas.

Full details here.


Council has funding to identify and treat areas of concern relating to mosquitoes throughout the Buloke Shire.

If you know of any areas where mosquitoes are currently a problem, please contact Council’s Public Health Officer on 1300 520 520.

Buloke Shares in Funding

16 February 2017    Four Buloke communities have shared in $2.3 million dollars of funding announced by the State Government to help drought proof recreational facilities. These announcements are in addition to previous funding commitments to the Charlton and Donald Recreation Reserves.

Full details here.

Planning Scheme Amendment C33

There are three documents available for inspection relating to Planning Scheme Amendment C33. 

Notice of Preparation of Amendment.          Explanatory Report.          Amendment C33 Map.

BlazeAid hits Birchip

13 February 2017    BlazeAid has set up camp in Birchip following fires in the Watchem, Watchupga and Woomelang areas that recently destroyed many kilometres of fencing.

Full details here.

Australia Day Awards 2017

27 January 2017     Graeme Harris (Citizen of the Year), Mary-Anne Pollard (Young Citizen of the Year) and the Back to Berriwillock have been honoured at Australia Day functions across Buloke.

Full details here.

Buloke Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

16 December 2016     Lucy Roffey has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of Buloke Shire Council commencing on 4 February 2017.

Full details here.

Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?

14 December 2016     Buloke Shire Council’s childcare discussion session held on Tuesday, 13 December enjoyed an excellent attendance and has thrown up many key points as Council looks to advocate on behalf of families.

Full details here.

Donald Weir Pool Update

13 December 2016     Donald Weir Pool project works are continuing with the installation of two groundwater monitoring bores. The bores, located at the Buloke Shire depot and near the Donald Weir, were installed last week by Watson Drilling.

Full details here.

Donald Projects Completed

7 December 2016    Buloke Shire Council has recently completed a number of important local projects in the Donald community.

Full details here.

Buloke Shire Councillors Take the Oath

Watch your Councillors take the White Ribbon Day Oath. You can take it too at https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/ https://youtu.be/k3QcO3jApZM

Green Lake Project Progresses

17 November 2016    The initial stages of a project to return water to Green Lake have begun. Preparation of a business case to complete works to stop the leaking at Green Lake is underway.

Full details here.

November Meeting Wrap

15 November 2016      Buloke Shire Council’s November Ordinary Meeting was the first for the newly sworn in Council.

Council resolved to submit a funding application of $100,000 for the Donald Recreation Reserve. Amongst other agenda items, the Domestic Wastewater Management Plan was adopted, a request to seek authorisation for a proposed planning scheme amendment was approved and an expression of interest application was endorsed for shade upgrades to four of Council’s swimming pools.

Full details here.

Buloke Major Towns Streetscape Draft Masterplans

Birchip blacksmith mural

News Archive

Please click here for a comprehensive archive of previous Buloke Shire Council Media Releases.


Rural Living Campaign



Buloke Shire Council in north-central Victoria launched the Rural Living campaign to seek recognition at top government level that unless rural people have access to a basic suite of services, we will see our communities become more and more unliveable. In Buloke Shire and many other rural Victorian shires, our residents are disadvantaged compared to their city counterparts because we simply cannot deliver the level of services they are entitled to. RURAL LIVING seeks agreement to the concept that all Victorians, including the residents of small rural shires, are worthy of a specific minimum set of service levels.

View the latest RURAL LIVING press release.


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You can show your support for RURAL LIVING by sharing this Facebook page and adding your voice to the campaign for equal services for rural people.



Stories of the Flood 2010 - 2011
Stories of the Flood and Examining the Buloke Shire’s Largest Ever Flood Publications
Community Grants and Sponsorship
Amended Community Grants and Sponsorship Guidelines, including relevant application forms are now available.
Revised Council Plan 2015 - 2019
Revised Council Plan 2015 - 2019
Road Management Plan
The Plan outlines our road management responsibilities and details the standards of road maintenance service for roads within this municipality.

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