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Recycling to Continue as Normal

15 February 2019    Buloke Shire Council is reassuring residents that recyclable materials placed in their recycling bins will not go to landfill and both collection and processing will continue as normal.

There has been significant media coverage following yesterday’s order by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) that the SKM Material Recycling Facility in Coolaroo stop accepting recycling materials following several fires at the site.

Council’s recycling materials are normally taken to this facility by Council’s waste contractor, Four Seasons Waste.

Council continues to monitor the situation and will work together with our waste contractor to ensure this issue doesn’t impact on our residents.

Council urges residents to continue to recycle as normal.

February Meeting Wrap

15 February 2019     Buloke Shire Council held its first Ordinary Meeting of Council for the year on Wednesday 13 February. The agenda was highlighted by the adoption of Council’s Long Term Financial Plan and Social Media Policy and the noting of progress against the Annual Plan.

Full details here. 

Buloke Residents to Move-It!

7 February 2019     Buloke Shire will benefit from the Move- It Aus grant as part of a partnership across the Loddon Mallee led by Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Full details here.

Flood Restoration Programs Continue

5 February 2019    Council has undertaken significant Flood Road Restoration works over the last twelve months totalling $8.9 million, with more either currently underway or scheduled.

Works continue on Donald South Road, Banyenong - Jeffcott Road and Jeffcott Road over the next month, with the floodway works on the Back St Arnaud to commence this month. There also remains some minor sealing, gravel and earth works to be completed in the Coonooer Bridge and Charlton areas in February.

The main areas still affected by localised flooding from the 2016 and 2018 events are Birchip and district, Yeungroon and Coonooer Bridge. There is also some other damage to Buckrabanyule and Barrakee areas.

The 2018 event Flood Damage Restoration Works will be conducted under the new Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). This event is now listed as an eligible event with the Commonwealth Australian Government.

There has been close to 500 items of damage identified across the Shire. Council has engaged Driscoll Engineering Services Pty Ltd to manage flood reconstruction, damage assessment, cost estimation, procurement, as required by the conditions of DRFA. The reconstruction works will be undertaken by various contractors similar to other flooding events.

There are still a number of roads affected by hazards with signage in place. This signage will remain in place whilst the damage assessment continues.

Please take care when travelling on flood affected roads.

If you would like to learn more about the Flood Road

Restoration Program or would like to discuss a specific area of damage please contact Council’s Infrastructure Department on 1300 520 520.

Changes to Disability Supports

31 January 2019     The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is now available in the Buloke Shire region. The Buloke Shire forms part of the Mallee roll-out area.

Whilst Buloke Shire Council will not be providing services under the NDIS, staff can help with connecting residents to organisations which can assist in the navigation of the scheme. If you require assistance you can call Council’s Community Development Department on 1300 520 520.

Full details here.

Australia Day Award Winners

25 January 2019     Buloke Shire Council announced its Australia Day Award winners at its inaugural Australia Day Eve event held in Wycheproof on Friday 25 January.

Alison McClelland (Citizen of the Year), Blair Gould (Young Citizen of the Year) and the Buloke United Walk (Community Event of the Year) had their amazing contributions to the Buloke community acknowledged winning the prestigious awards.

Full details here.

Council to Host Inaugural Australia Day Eve Event

14 January 2019    Buloke Shire will host its first ever Australia Day Eve event for all Buloke residents this month.

The event, to be held on Friday 25 January 2019 at the Wycheproof Hall from 6.00pm, will be highlighted by the announcement of the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Event of the Year awards.

Incorporated into the evening will be a Citizenship Ceremony to help mark the occasion for the candidates in the best possible way.

Tonia Todman will also appear as part of the Australia Day Ambassador Program. Tonia has extensive editorial and journalism experience, and was in-house author and Editor with J.B. Fairfax Press. She has written 28 books on cooking, craft, home decorating and DIY.

Tonia spent 10 years at Australian Vogue, working with designing, marketing, product development, teaching, and styling for fashion, craft and home interiors.

The event is fully catered and all residents are welcome to attend.

“Council is very excited to be hosting an event for all of Buloke on Australia Day Eve. To be able to bring together people from right across the Shire to mark our awards, welcome our newest citizens and celebrate what’s great about our country together, is something to look forward to. I encourage everyone who is able to attend to do so”, said Mayor Cr Carolyn Stewart.

The community Australia Day events the next day across Buloke will have added interest with three Australia Day Ambassadors appearing. Tonia Todman will travel to Sea Lake, journalist Lawrence Money will appear in Wycheproof and Professor Greg Sassella will speak in Birchip. It had previously been advertised that Greg would also appear in Donald but other arrangements have been made for that event by the local committee.

Have Your Say on Community Local Law

Council has placed its Community Local Law 2019 on public exhibition. 

The Community Local Laws are designed to secure community safety, protect public assets, and enhance community amenity, whether in townships or rural areas. They embrace best practice local law making by employing the principles of accessibility, accountability, compliance, efficiency, enforceability, education, necessity and transparency.

View the Community Local Law 2019.

Submission can be made in writing to the Chief Executive Office and sent by mail to PO Box 1, Wycheproof, VIC 3527 or by email to buloke@buloke.vic.gov.au.

Submissions close on Friday 25 January 2019 and Council will consider all submissions at its Ordinary Meeting to be held on Wednesday 13 February 2019.

Have Your Say on the Meetings Procedure and Common Seal Local Law

Council has placed its Meetings Procedure and Common Seal Local Law 2018 on public exhibition. 

The Meetings Procedure and Common Seal Local Law provides a mechanism to facilitate the good
government of the Council through its formal meeting procedure to ensure effective and efficient
Council decisions are made in a manner which acknowledges the role of local government within the Australian system of Government.

View the Meetings Procedure and Common Seal Local Law 2018.

Submission can be made in writing to the Chief Executive Office and sent by mail to PO Box 1, Wycheproof, VIC 3527 or by email to buloke@buloke.vic.gov.au.

Submissions close on Friday 11 January 2019 and Council will consider all submissions at its Ordinary Meeting to be held on Wednesday 13 February 2019.

December Meeting Wrap

18 December 2018     Buloke Shire Council held its final Ordinary Meeting of Council for 2018 on Wednesday 12 December where it released its draft Community Local Law for consultation, reviewed the Road Management Plan, noted the status of its actions related to the Local Government Women’s Charter and adopted a range of policies.

Full details here. 

Community Update

18 December 2018    Did you catch our Community Update in the newspapers this week?

Australia Day Ambassadors Announced

6 December 2018     Buloke Shire will have three Australia Day Ambassadors appear across 4 towns over two days to help celebrate Australia Day 2019. Tonia Todman, Professor Greg Sassella and Lawrence Money will visit Buloke as part of the Australia Day Ambassador Program.

Full details here.

Key Projects Celebrated

6 December 2018    Buloke Shire Council will mark both the launch of the Buloke Integrated Community Plan and the official opening of the Berriwillock Synthetic Bowling Green at a special event to be held in Berriwillock next week.

Council will celebrate these milestones with a luncheon event to be held at the Berriwillock Community Centre from 12.00 noon on Thursday 13 December 2018 with all members of the community welcome to attend.

Full details.

Vale Geoff Wright

29 November 2018     Former Shire of Charlton Councillor Geoff Wright passed away this week. Geoff served on the Shire of Charlton Council for 16 years between 1979 and 1995. Geoff’s service also included two terms as Shire President in 1984-85 and again in 1991-92.

Full details here.

Agriculture Victoria Responds To Anthrax Incident Near Swan Hill

22 November 2018    Over the weekend, Agriculture Victoria veterinarians and animal health staff responded to the positive identification of anthrax on a property near Swan Hill.

Victoria's Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Charles Milne, said the affected property had now been quarantined and appropriate biosecurity protections were in place.

“We are urging local farmers to continue to be vigilant and report any symptoms in livestock that may be related to anthrax,” Dr Milne said.

Anthrax is not a concern for the public:

•Anthrax does not spread rapidly and is not contagious.

•There is no general public health risk associated with anthrax.

•Any risk is confined to people who handle dead livestock such as farmers, veterinarians and knackery workers.

•There is no impact on local produce or food safety.

Read the full media release http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/about-us/media-releases/swift-response-to-local-anthrax-incident

Time Was Right For Pollard

16 November 2018     Congratulations have flowed for outgoing Buloke Shire Council Mayor Cr David Pollard.

Cr Pollard's latest two year term came to an end when he did not contest for the position of Mayor at a Statutory Meeting held on Wednesday 14 November. Cr Carolyn Stewart was voted in as Mayor at the meeting.

Full details here.

Stewart Voted In As Mayor

15 November 2018     Cr Carolyn Stewart has been voted in as Mayor of Buloke Shire Council at a Special Meeting of Council held in Wycheproof on 14 November replacing the outgoing Cr David Pollard.

Cr Stewart is in her first term as Councillor and has been a Buloke resident for nearly 20 years. A qualified accountant with an outstanding business and education background, Cr Stewart and her family also farm land in Buckrabanyule in the South East of the Shire.

Full details here.

November Meeting Wrap

15 November 2018     New Mayor Cr Carolyn Stewart led her first Ordinary Meeting of Buloke Shire Council on Wednesday 14 November which was highlighted by the adoption of the Integrated Building Buloke 2030 Community Plan and the resolution to submit funding applications for Town Centre Revitalisation Projects for Birchip and Wycheproof.

Full details here.

Catching Up With The Mayor

5 November 2018     September and October saw plenty to celebrate in the calendar for Buloke Shire Council Mayor Cr David Pollard.

Full detail here.

Let The Building Begin

2 November 2018     Works have begun in Charlton and Donald on two of the most highly anticipated projects Buloke has seen. After years of advocating and fund raising both Charlton Park and the Donald Community Precinct Redevelopment projects have commenced with machinery moving in to demolish the old buildings.

Full details here.

October Meeting Wrap

17 October 2018    Buloke Shire Council at its October Ordinary Meeting received and noted the 2017/18 Annual Report, adopted the Buloke Shire Inclusiveness Plan and passed a recommendation to apply for funding through the Fixing Country Roads Program.

Full details here.

Fire Prevention Notices FAQs

Received a Fire Prevention Notice or wanting to know more about what they are?

Read the attached Frequently Asked Questions document.

Fire Prevention Notice FAQs

Seniors Week 2018

2 October 2018    October is Seniors Festival month! This year’s theme is "Get Social" and to recognise this, a free event will take place in Charlton on Wednesday, October 10 to provide a nearby opportunity for Buloke Shire residents to get together and celebrate the enormous contribution of seniors to our communities. That’s what it is all about – come along and catch up with friends new and old.

Full details here.

Construction Begins At Charlton Park

2 October 2018    In a celebration of combined community commitment and persistence, the turning of soil at the Charlton Park Multipurpose Facility by Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford this week signalled the beginning of a long-held community dream becoming reality.

Full details here.

September Meeting Wrap

14 September 2018     Buloke Shire Council at its September Ordinary Meeting awarded the tender for the construction of the Donald Multipurpose Facility Redevelopment, approved in principle its Financial and Performance Statements for the last financial year, adopted its Customer Service Strategy and set the dates for upcoming swimming pool season amongst a full agenda.

Full details here.     Customer Service Strategy.

August With the Mayor

4 September 2018     Buloke Shire Council Mayor, Cr David Pollard had emergency management, advocacy as well as rural and regional priorities on his agenda throughout August.

Full details here.

Building Buloke 2030 Plans Released

22 August 2018    The Building Buloke 2030 Project is nearing completion. The project, which has been partially funded under the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, has been developed over the last 10 months and is now reaching the final stages.

Full details here.

Buloke Assembles Executive Team

22 August 2018    Buloke Shire Council has made two significant appointments over the last few weeks, following on from the announcement of Anthony Judd as Chief Executive Officer earlier this year. Council has appointed Jerri Nelson to the position of Director Community Development and Wayne O’Toole as Director Works and Technical Services.

Full details here.

August Meeting Wrap

14 August 2018     Buloke Shire Council at its August Ordinary Meeting endorsed the draft Building Buloke 2030 Integrated Community Plan and the draft Customer Service Strategy for consultation. Council also endorsed the Terms of Reference for both the Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee and the Rating Strategy Steering Committee.

Full details here.

July With The Mayor

10 August 2018     Buloke Shire Council Mayor, Cr David Pollard was again active across the Shire and Victoria during July.

Full details here.

Library Launch Touches Base

19 July 2018    Buloke Shire Council launched its Council delivered library service at an event held in Charlton this week. The launch, attended by more than 150 people, was highlighted by the appearance of celebrated author and illustrator Graeme Base, of “Animalia” fame.

Full details here.

Sunraysia Highway improvement Committee Video

Got two minutes?

Take a look at what users of the Sunraysia Highway are contending with.


Roadside Forum To Show the Way

13 July 2018     Buloke Shire Council hosted surrounding Councils and lead agencies at a Roadside Management Forum in Wycheproof this week.

The forum was put together to find a better way forward for the management of roadsides and the balancing of the various safety and biodiversity responsibilities.

Full details here. 

July Meeting Wrap

13 July 2018     Buloke Shire Council’s July Ordinary Meeting was highlighted by the adoption of its Economic Development and Tourism Strategy and its Volunteer Strategy. Council also endorsed the draft Community Local Laws and draft Inclusiveness Plan to go on public exhibition and reviewed its Year 1 Action Plan amongst a full agenda.

Full details here.

June With the Mayor

11 July 2018     June was again a busy month for Buloke Shire Council Mayor, Cr David Pollard which took him from Watchem to Melbourne to Canberra.

Full details here.

Earthworks to Commence at Green Lake

6 July 2018    Green Lake will be temporarily closed to the public from 9 July 2018 following the start of the ‘Bringing water back to Green Lake’ project.

According to GMWWater, community safety is the top priority as earthworks to repair the lake bed gets underway.

It is anticipated the lake will remain closed to the public during the construction period.

Coburns Earthmoving of Nyah has been awarded the contract to reconstruct the lake bed to ensure it holds water.

GWMWater’s Project Delivery Team is managing the project on behalf of the Green Lake Committee of Management and is planning a site visit for interested members of the public on Thursday 19 July from 11.30am.

Library Service Prepares to Launch

22 June 2018     Buloke Shire Council is gearing up to deliver its own library service from 1 July 2018.

Full details here.

Buloke Adopts 2018/19 Budget

21 June 2018     Buloke Shire Council adopted its Annual Budget 2018/19 at a Special Meeting of Council on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Council received 16 submissions to its draft Annual Budget 2018/19, most of which were around the issue of farm rates. The submissions were on the back of excellent two way consultation on this year’s budget. Four residents spoke to their submissions at Council’s 13 June Ordinary Meeting.

Full details here     2018/19 Budget    Budget Highlights

Charlton Park Construction Takes Big Step

21 June 2018     One of regional Victoria’s most anticipated projects is set to begin after Buloke Shire Council awarded the construction contract for the Charlton Park Multipurpose Facility.

At a Special Meeting of Council held on Wednesday 20 June 2018, Councillors awarded the contract to construct the $4.2 million project to MKM Constrictions.

Full details here.

Are You Satisfied?

21 June 2018     Buloke Shire Council has noted further steady improvement in the annual Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Research Report.

The report is coordinated by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on behalf of Victorian Councils.  The results are a result of interviews undertaken by JWS Research who made contact with random Buloke residents, 18 years and above, in February of this year.

Full details here.      Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Research Report.

June Meeting Wrap

18 June 2018     Buloke Shire Council heard submissions to its draft Annual Budget 2018/19, adopted the Year 2 Action Plan and noted the results of the Customer Satisfaction Survey at its June Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Full details here.

May With the Mayor

13 June 2018    Buloke Shire Council Mayor, Cr David Pollard was again in high demand across a busy month of May.

Full details here.

Volunteerism Celebrated

5 June 2018    “Give a Little, Change a Lot” was the theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week and it provided the perfect starting point for Buloke Shire Council to partner with some local agencies to begin the conversation around supporting, celebrating and encouraging volunteers as set out in the Council’s Volunteer Strategy.

Full details here.

Council Meets With Community

18 May 2018    Buloke Shire Council held a Community Forum Summit in Wycheproof on Monday night 14 May 2018. These summits have become a vital cog in not just budget consultation but ensuring successful relationships between Council and community leaders are fostered.

Full details here.

April With The Mayor

14 May 2018     Buloke Shire Council Mayor, Cr David Pollard was again highly active in Buloke and across Victoria during a busy month of April. It was a mix of Local Government Group meetings, consultation workshops as well as community celebrations that saw him in high demand.

Full details here.

May Meeting Wrap

11 May 2018     The draft Annual Budget 2018/19, the draft Economic Development and Tourism Strategy, progress on the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter, use of Lake Wooroonook for a music and arts festival and the awarding of more work for the Flood Restoration Program were key agenda items at a very important May Ordinary Meeting of Buloke Shire Council.

Full details here.

Place Your Bookmark

3 May 2018     As Buloke Shire Council moves closer to delivering its own library service from 1 July 2018, a new look library schedule has been finalised. The release of the schedule comes on the back of the announcement last week of Adele Allcock as Library Officer and Mary Bisouth as Early Years Library Officer.

Full details here.    Printable Library Schedule

Buloke Gives Stamp of Approval in Library Build Up

26 April 2018      Buloke Shire Council’s transition to a new Library Service from 1 July 2018 is quickly taking shape with the appointments of Adele Allcock to the role of Library Officer and Mary Bysouth to the role of Early Years Library Officer.

Full details here.

Contracts Awarded

26 April 2018     The good news from Buloke Shire Council has continued with the awarding of just under $4.0 million worth of contracts to be spent across projects to upgrade amenities at Lake Tchum, Lake Watchem and Lake Wooroonook, and flood road rehabilitation projects.

Full details here.

April Meeting Wrap

16 April 2018    Buloke Shire Council at its April Ordinary Meeting appointed Anthony Judd as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), awarded around $4.0 million worth of contracts, ruled on the use of the land at Lake Wooroonook, adopted it Procurement Policy for 2017/18 and its Planning Scheme Review 2013-2017 and adopted its draft Buloke Volunteer Strategy for exhibition amongst a full agenda.

Full details here.

Buloke Appoints Anthony Judd As Chief Executive Officer

11 April 2018     Buloke Shire Council has appointed Anthony Judd as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) commencing 23 April 2018.

Anthony Judd lives and works in Buloke Shire. Born and raised in Charlton, Anthony is now raising his own family in his home town. He holds a Master of Business Administration (Deakin University) and a Bachelor of Management/Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Federation University).

Full details here.

Lake Wooroonook Land Use Ruling

11 April 2018     Buloke Shire Council at its April Ordinary Meeting outlined the decision by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)  to refuse consent to use the land at Lake Wooroonook for the purpose of a commercial Place of Assembly.

Full details here.

March With The Mayor

9 April 2018    Buloke Shire Council Mayor, Cr David Pollard was again active across Buloke during a busy March with Emergency Management, Calder Highway improvements and community celebrations mixed in with Council business including Building Buloke 2030 and budget workshops.

Full details here.

Are You Planning a Burn-off?

Are you planning a burn-off now that fire restrictions have been lifted?

If you are in a township zone, our community local law requires you to apply for a permit to burn-off in the open air.

If you are outside of the township zone, the Country Fire Authority advises you to do the following:

  • Notify neighbours at least two hours before starting the burn
  • Notify the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) on 1800 668 511
  • Check the weather forecast for the day of the burn and a few days afterwards
  • Check the fuel moisture conditions
  • Establish a fire break of no less than three metres cleared of all flammable material
  • Make sure there are enough people to monitor, contain and extinguish the burn safely and effectively.

To register your burn-off, call ESTA on 1800 668 511 and provide the following information about your burn-off

    If you fail to register your burn-off, CFA brigades may be called out unnecessarily.

    To read our community local laws, visit:


    For more information about burn-offs from the CFA, visit:


    Railway Sleepers Health Alert

    With the colder months fast approaching, residents are advised not to burn old railway sleepers due to the potential health effects to themselves and those around them.

    Railway sleepers are known to contain asbestos and potentially carcinogenic contaminants such as herbicides, lead and other heavy metals; when heated, these toxic substances become vapourised, releasing odours and toxic fumes.

    Railway sleepers may also contain small stones that can explode under heat, creating a risk of serious injury and/or damage to your wood heater.

    It is recommended that you buy firewood from reputable suppliers who provide safe and efficient wood for burning.

    If you have concerns regarding anyone burning old railway sleepers, please contact Council’s Public Health Officer on 1300 520 520.

    Lake Tyrrell Tourism Infrastructure Design

     Got a few minutes?

    Take a look at the Lake Tyrrell Tourism Infrastructure Project design concept.

    This $2.5 million project will drive further tourism to the area and improve visitor experience with improved access to the salt crust and a range of amenities.


    Buloke Libraries Ready To Roll

    29 March 2018     Buloke Shire Council has taken delivery of the vehicle that will play a central role in the direct delivery of library services from 1 July 2018. The van was fully funded by a State Government Living Libraries grant.

    Full details here.

    Project Buloke Releases Advocacy Document

    16 March 2018     Buloke Shire Council continues to advocate for its community ahead of this year’s state election by outlining priority projects in a key document.

    Full details here.     View the State Election Advocacy Document.

    Building Buloke Building Momentum

    16 March 2018    Building Buloke 2030, Council’s community planning project has moved into its second phase. A series of community workshops are currently being held as the project takes further shape.

    Full details here.

    March Meeting Wrap

    16 March 2018      At its March Ordinary Meeting, Buloke Shire Council adopted its Domestic Animal Management Plan, noted progress against the Annual Plan, voted to convene a meeting with stakeholders to address the competing priorities around native vegetation and will provide feedback to Local Government Victoria on its proposed Local Government Act.

    Full details here.

    Recycling Crisis

    Buloke Shire Council has been affected by the decision of recycling firms earlier this week to no longer accept recyclable material. In the last 48 hours, Council have worked closely with our kerbside contractor, Four Seasons Waste, to explore other alternatives. Four Seasons Waste has been able to secure a short term agreement with Polytrade to accept our recyclable material and therefore recycling services, including kerbside collection and disposal at transfer stations, will continue as normal.

    We ask our residents to continue recycling as normal as collection services remain unchanged at this time.

    We are working with the Victorian Government and industry as a matter for urgency to respond to the issues posed by the China restrictions on recycling, to ensure there is minimal impact our residents.

    Buloke's Big Builds

    2 March 2018     Buloke Shire Council is rolling up its sleeves to start delivering on the projects funded over the last few months. Council currently has a growing list of tenders open as it looks to realise many exciting projects Shire wide.

    Full details here.

    A Month With The Mayor

    2 March 2018    February was a busy month for Buloke Shire Council Mayor Cr David Pollard which saw him cover as many kilometres as he did topics.

    Full details here.

    Councils All Aboard For Passenger Rail

    23 February 2018     Buloke Shire Council is banding together with neighbouring Councils Mildura Rural City Council and Yarriambiack Shire Council to advocate for the return of passenger rail services to the area following a meeting in Ouyen on Tuesday 13 February.

    Full details here.

    February Meeting Wrap

    22 February 2018    At its February Ordinary Meeting, Buloke Shire Council endorsed its submission to the inquiry into VicRoads Management of Country Roads, voted to request authorisation to rezone parcels of land at local recreational lakes, noted progress of its major projects, motioned to make a submission to the Essential Services Commission on water pricing for recreational water and appointed dual acting CEO’s for the duration of the recruiting process for a replacement for the departing CEO Lucy Roffey.

    Full details here.

    Green Lake Progressing

    8 February 2018     The Bringing Water Back to Green Lake Project is gaining momentum. The project, which will address the significant seepage issues at the lake, will deliver the Sea Lake and district community its only recreational water option back to them. The lake has its own water allocation and well maintained and utilised amenities already in place.

    Full details here.

    Australia Day Awards 2018

    29 January 2018      Robyn Ferrier (Citizen of the Year), Keniesha Ryan (Young Citizen of the Year) and the Birchip Mallee Bull Pacing Cup 2017 have been honoured at Australia Day celebrations across Buloke on Friday 26 January.

    Full details here.

    CEO Takes New Opportunity

    23 January 2018     The Chief Executive Officer of the Buloke Shire Council Lucy Roffey has given notice of her resignation to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer at Central Goldfields Shire.

    Lucy was appointed in December 2016 to continue the work of ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of Council and provide a greater focus for the organisation on community based consultation and decision making. A key element of this work was the alignment of Council with the community in developing a new four year Council Plan. The Buloke 2030 Integrated Community Plan that is underway will ensure that community engagement remains the focus for Council in 2018.

    Full details here.

    Vale Vin Sait

    16 January 2018     Former Shire of Charlton Councillor Vin Sait passed away on Sunday 14 January 2018. Vin served as Councillor on the Shire of Charlton for 4 years between 1991and 1995. Vin also worked for Buloke Shire Council between 2001 and 2011 as a medium plant operator.

    “Vin’s focus was always on community and family. He gave so much of his time to different community organisations in addition to be a Councillor of the Shire of Charlton; including the Charlton Show Committee, and Calder Highway Improvement Committee. Vin was always striving to improve life in the area. He was a proud family man always speaking about his children and grandchildren.  Our thoughts are with his family at this time”, said Mayor Cr David Pollard.

    Vin Sait’s funeral will be held on Friday 19 January 2018. Flags will be flown at half-mast at Council offices on the day. 

    Yeungroon Road to be Rehabilitated

    15 December 2017     Buloke Shire Council has awarded the reconstruction of the Yeungroon Road pavement to local business Greg’s Digging.

    Full details here.

    December Meeting Wrap

    15 December 2017     At its December Ordinary Meeting, Buloke Shire Council awarded the tender for the reconstruction of the Yeungroon Road pavement, adopted its updated Kerbside Waste and Collection Policy, endorsed the Mallee Regional Floodplain Management Strategy and awarded more than $22,500 in community grants. 

    Full details here.

    Bluetongue Virus Information

    12 December 2017     Bluetongue virus causes a disease of livestock called 'bluetongue'. This disease affects ruminants, including sheep, goats, cattle camels, deer and buffalo.

    Want more information? Follow the link for more advice from Agriculture Victoria.

    Frequently asked questions

    Lake Tyrrell Outdoor Tourism Infrastructure Concept Designs

    8 December 2017    Buloke Shire Council is developing plans for outdoor tourism infrastructure at Lake Tyrrell.

    The proposed infrastructure includes but is not limited to public toilets, a picnic shelter, a viewing platform, boardwalk/jetty, car and bus parking with turnaround facilities for buses/large vehicles, access tracks and associated tourism signage.

    The designs are available below and any feedback can be provided by email to buloke@buloke.vic.gov.au until 5.00pm Friday 15 December 2017.

    Site Plan    Signage Proposal    3D Building Concept

    Oliver Walks Away With The Prize

    1 December 2017    With funding from VicHealth for the Walk to School Local Area Marketing program, Buloke Shire Council ran a “Design a Shoe” competition to help spread the ‘get active’ message and create some fun interaction around the benefits of walking to school.

    Full details here.

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

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