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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.

Vale Oswald Sanderson

23 November 2017     Former Shire of Charlton Councillor Oswald (Os) Sanderson passed away this week. Os Sanderson served on the Shire of Charlton Council for 36 years between 1951 and 1987.

A World War II veteran, Os farmed land on Sandy Lane near Coonooer Bridge, land that remains in his family today.

“Os was a very community orientated man who served Charlton and district far beyond just his 36 years on Council. He was instrumental in the construction of both the Charlton Shire Hall and Coonooer Bridge Community Centre and many other Council initiatives. Our thoughts are with his wife Gladys and family at this time”, said Mayor Cr David Pollard.

Flags will be flown at half-mast at Council offices on the day of Os Sanderson’s funeral.

Community Update

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

Donald Facility Receives Funding Boost

14 November 2017     Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford has again visited Buloke on Friday 10 November bringing further good news when she announced $1.1 million of funding from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund and the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund towards the Donald Multipurpose Community Facility Redevelopment.

Full details here.

Pollard Re-elected as Mayor

9 November 2017    Buloke Shire Council Mayor, Cr David Pollard has been re-elected as Mayor at a Special Meeting of Council in Wycheproof.

Full details here.

November Meeting Wrap

9 November 2017    At its November Ordinary Meeting, Buloke Shire Council noted its progress against the Annual Plan, adopted the Municipal Emergency Management Plan and has resolved to submit for the funding of key roads under the Local Roads to Market Program amongst a busy agenda.

Full details here. 

Sea Lake Hotel Update

8 November 2017    The Sea Lake Hotel, which was destroyed by fire in April of this year, continues to be of concern to the Sea Lake community.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has issued the landowner with a Clean Up Notice for the safe management and removal of the waste including asbestos from the site. Also outlined in the notice is the ongoing monitoring of the site which is being undertaken by the landowner.

The landowner is currently working through the options available with their insurance company.

Buloke Shire Council continues to work with the EPA in relation to the status of the land and voice the community concerns about the impact it is having, including on main street development and tourism.

If community members have any concerns about the site and its clean-up, they should direct them to the EPA on 1300 372 842.

Are You Lifeguard Material?

3 November 2017     Buloke Shire Council’s swimming pool season kicks off on Friday 10 November for another summer of free family friendly fun.

Six of Council’s seven pools are ready for the upcoming season. Only Wycheproof will have a delay to the start of its season with new change room facilities slated for completion for the pool to open on Monday 20 November.

Council is proud to offer its pools as a free service to the community and has an excellent group of pool lifeguards who suit up year after year to keep the pools open. Have you considered becoming a lifeguard this summer?

Full details here.

Charlton 2020 to be Realised

27 October 2017     The final piece of the funding puzzle for the Charlton Park 2020 project was placed when Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced $1.5 million dollars of State Government funding for the project in Charlton on Friday.

Full details here.

Lights to Burn Brighter in Sea Lake

24 October 2017    Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp has announced $80,000 of State Government funding for the Sea Lake Nandaly Football Netball Club to upgrade lighting at the community centre oval.

Full details here.

Technology Sessions for Buloke

23 October 2017     Buloke Shire Council will host a series of iPad and idevice sessions from the beginning of November, with a focus on helping those with additional needs.

Full details here.

A Big Day for Recreational Water in Buloke

13 October 2017     The good news for Buloke’s lakes keeps coming with Minister for Water Lisa Neville announcing that the Bringing Water Back to Green Lake project will be funded by the end of the year.

Full details here.

October Meeting Wrap

13 October 2017    At its October Ordinary Meeting, Buloke Shire Council endorsed; the AFL Central Victoria Regional Facilities Strategy, allocated more than $18,000 from its Community and Sustainability Grants Funds, set its 2017/18 swimming pool season, received the 2016/17 Annual Report, adopted the Roadside Weed and Rabbit Control Plan and lent its support to the 2030 Greater Victoria Commonwealth Games Bid Project.

Full details here. 

Economic Development and Tourism Strategy Consultation

Economic Development and Tourism Strategy Consultation Street Ryan and Associates and Insight Communications will be seeking feedback to assist Council in producing an Economic Development and Tourism Strategy.

The strategy will identify opportunities, and constraints to in each industry sector and will guide the Shire’s work program in economic development.

As part of this project, we are meeting with specific businesses and town groups to compile business profiles and outlooks for towns, and to collect ideas on economic development issues and future opportunities.

You can also have your say by completing either of the following surveys:

Tourism and Business Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M2VRZK7

Business survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M2WXPKT

Building Buloke 2030 Funded

10 October 2017     Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad MP was in Wycheproof on Monday 9 October where he formally announced funding of $90,000 for the Building Buloke 2030 project under Round 1 of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Full details here.

Inform Yourself on Animal Disease Risks

10 October 2017     Council’s Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee has identified strategies to mitigate potentially high-risk animal disease risks for the local and broader agricultural sector including ‘avian influenza’ and ‘foot and mouth disease’.

Full details here. 

Have Your Say on the North Central Floodplain Management Strategy

3 October 2017     The North Central Catchment Management Authority is inviting feedback on this Draft North Central Floodplain Management Strategy; a key planning document for the region that sets priorities for the future management of our floodplains.

Download the Draft North Central Floodplain Management Strategy.

Feedback can be provided by email to: floodplain@nccma.vic.gov.au or by mail to: North Central Catchment Management Authority, PO Box 17, Huntly VIC 3551.

For enquires call Shaun Morgan, the Project Manager for the Regional Floodplain Management Strategy on 03 5440 1896.

Submissions close on Friday 17 November, 2017.

Have Your Say on the Mallee Floodplain Management Strategy

The Wimmera Catchment Management Authority (WCMA) have been working with Wimmera organisations to develop a regional floodplain management strategy over the past year. 


The document is now out for public exhibition and the steering committee welcomes your formal input to this draft document. 


The document can be found on the WCMA website http://www.wcma.vic.gov.au/draftfloodstrategy

Consultation closes 5.00pm 13 October 2017. 

Australia Day Awards

Council is once again looking to recognise outstanding contributions to the community by presentation of the following awards for the whole of Buloke Shire.

· Citizen of the Year (for persons 27 years or older on 26 January 2018).

· Young Citizen of the Year (for persons under 27 years of age on 26 January 2018).

The basic criterion for the awards in these two categories is persons who have made a noteworthy
contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

· Community Event of the Year Award (Presented to the person/group who has staged the most outstanding community event during the year).

Nominations for this award are invited from organisations or individuals and should be accompanied by a citation setting out the community contribution made by the nominee, and a full description of the event.

Nominations are to be received by close of business Friday, 17 November 2017 and should be addressed to: Ms Lucy Roffey, Chief Executive Officer, Buloke Shire Council, P O Box 1, Wycheproof Victoria 3527.

Council will announce the winners of the Awards on Australia Day 2018 at the community celebrations.   

Walk, Scoot or Ride to School this October

Kids across Buloke and their families are encouraged to get active and have fun this October by taking part in VicHealth’s Walk to School program.

Buloke Shire Council Mayor, Cr David Pollard, said the VicHealth Walk to School Program is a free, easy and fun way for kids to get active and learn healthy lifestyle habits.

“Council is working closely with our local schools to encourage more families to walk, ride or even scoot their way to school this October thanks to a grant from VicHealth”, Cr Pollard said.

“Last year 9 local schools participated in this great initiative and this year we are thrilled with the amount of schools getting involved”.

For more information go to www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au or contact Council’s Manager Community Services Mark Remnant on 1300 520 520.

Free Household Garden Waste Disposal

Inspections of all urban properties across Buloke Shire to identify potential fire hazards will commence in October. Owners of urban properties are asked to ensure maintenance works have been undertaken on their property to reduce the threat of fire.

This includes mowing/slashing of high grass, stacking of all dry timber, removal of flammable rubbish and proper storage of flammable materials.

To assist residents in this task, all of Council’s landfills and transfer stations will be accepting household green waste free of charge from 2 October until 30 October 2017.

So now is the time to clean up for the upcoming fire season.

September Ordinary Meeting Wrap

15 September 2017     At its September Ordinary Meeting, Buloke Shire Council adopted its Financial Statements and Performance Statement for the previous financial year, nominated the members of the Library Advisory Committee and endorsed the Major Projects Pipeline amongst a full agenda last Wednesday night. A notice of motion to reaffirm Council’s commitment to Marriage Equality was also heard.

Full details here.

Roadside Weeds and Pest Program Control Plan

Want to have your say on the Roadside Weeds and Pest Program Control Plan?

Buloke Shire Council is responsible for the management of approximately 5,800km of local road networks and is dedicated to managing weed and pest animal infestations on council managed land and is committed to the early prevention and control of weed species newly identified in the area.

All feedback is to be provided by email to Council’s Environmental Compliance Officer Anna Arkoudis at aarkoudis@buloke.vic.gov.au

Consultation closes 22 September 2017.

View the Roadside Weeds and Pest Program Control Plan.

Sustainability Reserve Grants Launch

Council is launching its Sustainability Reserve Grants program at the Coonooer Bridge wind farm at 11.00am  on Tuesday 19 September.

The grants program supports communities to develop projects that reduce their carbon footprint, improve the environment or conserve energy.

All members of the public are invited to attend the launch, for more information call Mark Remnant on 1300 520 520 by 5.00pm Thursday 14

A light lunch will be served at the conclusion of the launch.

Check out the flier.

Have Your Say on the Mallee Floodplain Management Strategy

11 September 2017    Have your say on flood management in the Mallee.

A Floodplain Management Strategy has been developed for the Mallee region to provide a single, regional planning document and a ‘rolling’ three year works program to guide future investment priorities.

The Strategy interprets and applies the policies, actions and accountabilities outlined in the Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy.

The information gathered throughout the development of the strategy has been used to develop a regional works plan, which documents the regional priorities for the next three years, and associated responsibilities and timeframes.

The Draft Mallee FMS is available to download from: www.malleecma.com.au or view the fact sheet.

For more information on the Mallee Floodplain Management Strategy, contact the Mallee CMA via info@malleecma.com.au, or phone (03) 5051 4377.

Closing date for public consultation is Friday 6 October and you can have your say by completing the following survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MalleeFMS

Book Your Place on Advisory Committee

18 August 2017     Buloke is transitioning to a new Library Service from 1 July 2018. The service will be fully delivered directly by Council.

Council is seeking community members’ input through a Buloke Library Advisory Committee. The key role of the committee will be to assist with the identification of local matters likely to impact on direct management of library services and the best solutions for these issues.

Full details here.

Public Holiday Change

15 August 2017      Melbourne Cup Day will now be a gazetted public holiday for all of Buloke Shire this year.

At Council’s August Ordinary Meeting urgent business was moved to discuss the public holiday date for Wycheproof and District including Nullawil after it had been recently advised by the Wycheproof A&P Society that the 2017 Wycheproof Show Day would not go ahead.

“It was certainly disappointing news that the Wycheproof Show would not go ahead. This has meant that there was no reason to substitute the Wycheproof Show Day for the public holiday for Melbourne Cup Day. The A&P Society is continuing to meet and will put everything on the table to ensure the Wycheproof Show has a future. I urge anybody who would like to get involved to please do so”, said Mayor, Cr David Pollard.

Council submitted the paper work to the Minister for Employment and Trade before the deadline at midnight on 9 August to ensure that Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday 7 November 2017, will now be a public holiday for all of Buloke Shire.

Facilities Officially Open

15 August 2017     Home games for Nullawil and Sea Lake Nandaly were the perfect backdrop for the official openings of sporting facility upgrades on Saturday 12 August. Mayor, Cr David Pollard opened the facilities to excited competitors, officials and spectators.

Full details here.

Buloke Lakes to Blossom

2 August 2017     Three of Buloke Shire Council’s recreational lakes will undergo significant rejuvenation after it was announced on Wednesday 2 August that the Federal Government will partner with Council to deliver a $980,000 project.

Full details here.

New Facilities to be Opened

1 August 2017     Two recent sporting facility upgrades in Nullawil and Sea Lake will be officially opened in Buloke on Saturday 12 August as part of Golden Rivers League and North Central League fixtures.

Full details here. 

Buloke Part of Pilot Program

1 August 2017    Buloke Shire Council is one of 13 Victorian councils included in a pilot program that aims to improve local responses to pollution and waste issues across the state.

Full details here.

Be Great and Nominate

7 July 2017     Mayor Cr David Pollard is calling on the people of Buloke to be great and nominate the community’s finest for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards.

Full details here.

Community Transport for Charlton

7 July 2017     The Charlton community recently hosted a public meeting chaired by Mr Richard Garlick, CEO of Sun Assist in Mildura to assess the need for a Community transport project. 

Full details here.


3 July 2017    This week is NAIDOC Week. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

To learn more and to view a calendar of events visit http://www.naidoc.org.au/

Work Begins on Change Rooms

3 July 2017     Works will commence this week on the upgrade to the Wycheproof Pool change room facility beginning with the demolition of the old facility.

Council awarded the contract for this project to Noonan Builders at its Ordinary Meeting on 14 June 2017 and has received funding from both the Federal Government ($200,000) and State Government ($200,000) for the new change rooms.

“As the old facility is removed there will be a noticeable change in how the sporting precinct in Wycheproof looks. It will be a short term hole in the visual appearance of the area but we will soon have an exciting new facility for all to enjoy”, said Mayor, Cr David Pollard.

Work on the new change facility is expected to be completed in time for the pool season later in the year.

Council Plan Adopted

23 June 2017    Buloke Shire Council’s Council Plan 2017 -2021 was adopted at a Special Meeting of Council on 21 June 2017.

The Council Plan is developed every four years by Council and reviewed annually. It is a collaborative project between Councillors and the community, identifying the key themes and strategic initiatives that Council will pursue through our work, decisions and efforts.

Full details here.          Council Plan 2017-2021

Budget Adopted

23 June 2017     Buloke Shire Council’s 2017-18 Annual Budget was adopted at a Special Meeting of Council on 21 June 2017. The budget details the resources required over the next year to fund the large range of services provided to the community. It also includes the capital expenditure to improve and renew our roads, buildings and recreational facilities.

Full details here.           Annual Budget 2017-18

Dead Corellas in Donald - Update

22 June 2017     Council was made aware of a large amount of dead corellas in Donald in May of this year.

Council collected a significant amount of birds and notified the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Two of the birds were sent for testing to determine the cause of death.

Testing has determined these birds were killed by ingesting suspected homemade mouse bait.

Agriculture Victoria has issued a stern warning about the use of illegally manufactured baits. It is an offence under the Wildlife Act to destroy or interfere with protected wildlife, this includes native bird species.

Whilst there is a temptation to use homemade baits, the consequences are great. Whilst not only illegal and attracting significant penalties, homemade baits can lead to accidental poisoning of pets, working dogs and wildlife.

Always use registered products for pest control, these products are rigorously tested by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.

For more information on safe pest control call DELWP on 136 186.

Council Adopts Hardship Policy 

20 June 2017    Council has adopted its Rates and Charges Financial Hardship Policy at its June Ordinary Meeting. The policy will assist ratepayers that are experiencing financial difficulty to pay their outstanding rates and charges.

Full details here.               Rates and Charges Financial Hardship Policy.

Satisfaction Rising

20 June 2017      Buloke Shire Council is taking a balanced view to recent Customer Satisfaction Survey results. Whilst the overall performance rating lifted, there is much work still to be done. The main objective of the survey is to assess the performance of Council across a range of measures and to seek ways to improve service delivery.

Full details here. 

Food Premises and Accommodation Fees 

20 June 2017    Council has been contacted by a number of concerned businesses about the increase in food premises and accommodation fees for the 2017/18 financial year.

The increase was a result of a pricing review undertaken as part of last year's budget.

The review undertaken last year benchmarked the fees with neighbouring Councils and found Buloke's were well below average and had been for a number of years.

Fees and charges were revised to enable Council to better recover the cost of providing these services to businesses. However, even with the increase these fees still do not reflect full cost recovery and are subsidised by general rates.

If any business is having difficulties paying the fees for this year we can receive a half payment by June 30, 2017 and the outstanding balance by August 30, 2017. There will no late fee applied and your business will be compliant as long as the full fees are received by 31 August 2017.

For more information and to sign up to this payment plan, please contact Council’s Public Health Office on 1300 520 520.

Buloke Bucks Winners!

15 June 2017     Congratulations to this year‘s Buloke Bucks winners! 

Our winners are: Lisa Perry of Charlton, John and Barbara Bryant of Berriwillock , William Russ of Wycheproof and Jamie Onley and Rebecca Sweatman of Charlton.

Rate payers who chose to pay their rates either by four instalments, by nine direct debit payments or paid their rates in full before the close of the first instalment went into the draw to win one of four prizes of $500 to be spent at the local business of their choice.

McLean in Queen's Birthday Honours

13 June 2017     Former Buloke Shire Council Mayor Stuart McLean’s contribution to the Buloke community and beyond has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Mr McLean has been awarded the MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA in the general division for his service to the community and local government.

Full details here.

Council Plan 2017-2021 Open for Submission

Council has adopted its Council plan 2017-2021 for public submission.

View the Council Plan 2017-2021.

Members of the community are invited to make submissions on the Council Plan 2017-2021 by 4.00pm Monday 12 June 2017 and send to the Chief Executive Officer, Buloke Shire Council, PO Box 1,
Wycheproof 3527.

Council will consider all submissions in accordance with section 223 of the Act at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 14 June 2017 at 7.00pm in the Wycheproof Supper Room.

Any person who has made a written submission to Council and requested that he or she be heard in support of their written submission, is entitled to appear and be heard in person, or by representatives  specified in  the submission on their behalf, at this Council Meeting.

Proposed Adoption of 2017/18 Budget

Council has prepared its proposed Budget 2017/18.  in accordance with section 127 of the Act and the Local Government (Planning and Reporting) Regulations 2014.

View the proposed 2017/18 Budget.

Members of the community are invited to make submissions on the proposed Budget 2017/18 by 4.00pm Monday 12 June 2017 and send to the Chief Executive Officer, Buloke Shire Council, PO Box 1,
Wycheproof 3527.

Council will consider all submissions in accordance with section 223 of the Act at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 14 June 2017 at 7.00pm in the Wycheproof Supper Room.

Any person who has made a written submission to Council and requested that he or she be heard in support of their written submission, is entitled to appear and be heard in person, or by representatives  specified in  the submission on their behalf, at this Council Meeting.

Let's Build Child Literacy Skills

2 June 2017    Recent surveys indicate that one in two Buloke children is below the expected level of oral language development. Buloke Shire Council in collaboration with Mallee Family Care and early years professionals are taking on the cause of improving oral language development and literacy amongst children in the Early Years across Buloke head on by establishing an Early Years Network.

Full details here.

A New Page For Libraries

19 May 2017     Buloke Shire Council will ensure a comprehensive and fulfilling library service into the future for residents by moving to a direct management model from 1 July 2018.

The decision was made at Council’s May Ordinary Meeting on the back of a review into Buloke’s library services and extensive community consultation.

Full details here.

Court Works Completed

19 May 2017     Works to upgrade two netball/tennis courts at the Sea Lake Community Centre have been completed.

The design and resurfacing of the courts has increased the run off area bringing the playing surface into line with Netball Victoria requirements and providing a safer arena for competitors. New lighting has also been installed to training standards.

Full details here.

Council Plan Adopted for Submission

19 May 2017    Buloke Shire Council has endorsed its Council Plan 2017-2021 and invites submissions from the community. The Council Plan is a vital strategic document which sets out the goals and priorities for Council over the next four years.

Full details here.

Parents With Young Children Survey

Are you interested in hearing from expert speakers on various topics aimed at assisting families with young children?

To ensure these presentations are as beneficial as they can be, Council invites you to take a quick survey to assist in tailoring both the topics and times which the presentations are delivered.

Take the survey now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B9JV7VW

Hard copies of the survey will be available at venues dealing with young children such as playgroups, MCH centres, and Kindergartens.

 Any questions can be directed to Barry McKenzie, Child & Youth Officer at bmckenzie@buloke.vic.gov.au or 5478 0185.

Deceased Corellas in Donald

1 May 2017     Council has been made aware of a large amount of dead corellas in Donald.

29 birds have been collected by Council this morning and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has been notified.

Two of the birds are being sent for testing to determine the cause of death.

If the public is aware of any other deceased birds they are urged to please contact DELWP on 136 186 to report them.

Council will provide any updated information as soon as it is available.

Acknowledge Community Contributors

27 April 2017    The search is on for individuals, businesses and community groups that are making a difference in our local community through the annual Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

Full details here.

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 met on Friday, 24 March 2017. Read the panel report.  

Community Forum Summit a Success

13 April 2017       Community members from across Buloke met with Councillors and Council Officers in Wycheproof on Monday night at Buloke Shire Council’s latest Community Forum Summit. The summit is designed to give community forums an opportunity to discuss their community’s priorities informing the priorities in the annual budget and council plan.

Full details here.

Culgoa Bin Bank

13 April 2017      After the closure of the Culgoa landfill in December last year a bin bank was established in the township. This is to be in place for a period of at least 12 months with a review of the measure to take place in December of this year.

The bin bank is in place to cater for household rubbish and recyclables primarily for farm residents who do not have access to the kerbside pick-up service. The dumping of hard rubbish or green waste is not permitted. Any items too large to be placed into the provided bins are to be taken to the nearest landfill or transfer station in Birchip, Sea Lake or Wycheproof. Bins are continually being added or reduced depending on usage to ensure local resident’s needs are met.

Signage has been erected at the bin bank site to clearly outline appropriate use and to assist the local community. There is also helpful signage that explains which items can be recycled.

Charlton Flood Levee Consultation Extended

7 April 2017    Council has extended the period of public consultation for the proposed Charlton levee and associated flood mitigation works until Friday, 28 April 2017.

Full details here.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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