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  • News Archive A comprehensive archive of previous Buloke Shire Council Media Releases.
  • Community Update Each week Council produces a Community Update to appear in your local paper. The newsletter style advertisement is your place to find Current Vacancies, Tenders and the latest information from Council. You can also see this week's Community Update here.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert A community resource page with links to information supplied by the Australian Government's Department of Health.
  • April Meeting Wrap 2020 Buloke Shire Council’s April Ordinary Meeting was highlighted by awarding of the Birchip Safer Cumming Avenue Streetscape Project and the adoption of a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy.
  • Buloke Playspaces Project Council is seeking feedback from the community on the Buloke Playspaces Project. Council is undertaking the project to improve our parks and develop a variety of play options. The project focuses on the future of five playgrounds within the Shire.
  • Lake Tyrrell Closed Lake Tyrrell has been closed to visitors in line with COVID-19 restrictions around non-essential travel. The popular tourist attraction, where a multi-million-dollar tourism infrastructure project is underway, will be closed until further notice to minimise traffic travelling to the site along the Calder Highway.
  • March Meeting Wrap 2020 Buloke Shire Council’s March Ordinary Meeting was highlighted by the advocacy to improve an important intersection on the Calder Highway and the awarding of a contract to improve another within the Shire.
  • Economic Development and Tourism Committee Have 2020 Vision Buloke Shire Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee has held its first meeting for the year, with achievements of last year inspiring what can be achieved in 2020.
  • Wycheproof Early Years Funded Great news for Wycheproof families with the State Government announcing they will partner with Council to deliver a brand new integrated Early Years Learning Centre.
  • February Meeting Wrap 2020 Council’s February Ordinary Meeting was highlighted by the finalisation of funding applications to the Drought Communities Programme Extension, an update against the Annual Plan and the adoption of two important policies.
  • Stewart Named on Advisory Panel Mayor Cr Carolyn Stewart has been appointed to the 2020 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel alongside Mayors from 14 other Local Government Areas.
  • Australia Day Award Winners Buloke Shire Council has announced its Australia Day Award winners at its community Australia Day celebration held in Birchip on Friday 24 January 2020. John McConville (Citizen of the Year), Angel Grylls (Young Citizen of the Year) and the Birchip B&S Ball (Community Event of the Year) had their amazing contributions to the Buloke community acknowledged winning the prestigious awards.
  • Load Limit Reduction A load limit reduction was recommended for the Glenloth Bridge following a Level 3 Bridge Inspection.
  • Community Satisfaction Survey Council would like to inform residents that from 30 January 2020, for the period of up to three weeks, your household may receive a call from an independent market research agency, National Field Services.
  • 2020 Australia Day Celebrations In 2020 Buloke Shire Council will again hold a stand alone Australia Day event prior to 26 January to compliment the many community celebrations Shire wide. Find your nearest celebration.
  • Livestock Owner Preparation for High-Risk Fire Days Information provided by Agriculture Victoria on Livestock Owner Preparation for High-Risk Fire Days.
  • Christmas and New Year Service Arrangements It’s that time of year again! Stay up to date via Council’s website and social media and enjoy a safe and happy festive period.
  • Let's Celebrate Buloke Shire Council’s will celebrate a year of community achievement when it hosts an event to mark Australia Day on Friday 24 January 2020 in Birchip. On the back of highly successful Australia Day Eve event held in Wycheproof last year, Council will stage its 2020 event at the Birchip Leisure Centre.
  • Notice of Urgent Special Meeting Notice is given that Council will hold an Urgent Special Meeting on Thursday 19 December 2019 at 9.00am in the Wycheproof Supper Room.
  • Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee Vacancy Council is looking for expressions of interest from people from the industrial business or the agricultural or retail sector to join its Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee to fill a vacancy. Applications close at 5.00pm Friday 17 January 2020.
  • December Meeting Wrap Buloke Shire Council’s December Ordinary Meeting was highlighted by important funding application decisions that will help shape many of its towns for years to come, awarding of tenders for the Lake Tyrrell Tourism Infrastructure Project and the Local Roads Rehabilitation Program as well as the adoption of key policies.
  • Taking Stock of Library Service Buloke Shire Council is collecting some detailed feedback on the Buloke Library Service. With a full twelve months now in operation, it is a great time to take stock and understand what works, what doesn’t and how we can lift the Library to the next level.
  • November Meeting Wrap Buloke Shire Council’s November Ordinary Meeting was highlighted by a report on progress against the Local Government Women’s Charter, the appointment of new Audit Committee Members and the adoption of an Audit Committee Charter.
  • Code Red Day Thursday 21 November 2019 The EMC has determined Thursday 21 November 2019 is a Code Red Day because a combination of high temperatures overnight, little relief followed up with predicted high temperatures and high wind speeds which meets the criteria for the declaration of a Code Red Day.
  • Rural Land Use and Settlement Strategy Council has engaged PLN Planning Pty. Ltd. to prepare a Rural Land Use and Settlements Strategy (RLUSS). A draft RLUSS has been prepared and Council invites submissions and comments on the draft RLUSS.
  • Wycheproof Amenity Upgrade Construction of the new amenities block at Centenary Park Wycheproof will commence on Monday 25 November 2019.
  • Stewart Returned As Mayor Cr Carolyn Stewart has been elected unopposed as Mayor of Buloke Shire Council at a Statutory Meeting of Council held in Wycheproof. Cr Stewart has been returned for her second term as Mayor.
  • Contributions Celebrated Two Buloke Shire Councillors have had their incredible contributions to Buloke honoured. Cr David Pollard and Cr Ellen White have each received 10 Year Councillor Service Awards from the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).
  • Buloke Repays Loan Buloke Shire Council earlier this month repaid the $7 million loan that was taken out in 2014. Council resolved at a Special Meeting in May 2014 to participate in the first Local Government Funding Vehicle bond issuance for an interest only loan of $7 million dollars. The five-year term of the loan applied a fixed interest rate and repayment of interest only over that term.
  • Charlton Levee Bank Community Consultation After the 2011 and 2016 flood events in Charlton during which a significant number of properties were affected, a levee bank is being considered as one option to protect the township from inundation in any future flood events.
  • Open For Business Buloke Shire Council has underlined its commitment to small business as it launched its Better Approvals Process as well as signing the Small Business Charter at an event held in Charlton.
  • Three Walls Set To Go Creativity is set to come alive on the streets of Charlton later this month with the ‘Three Walls’ project to activate three public art spaces. Funded by the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme, the project aims to increase tourism activity and provide more opportunities for a socially inclusive environment through visual art.
  • Sea Lake Kinder Funding Announced The state government has announced a major refurbishment and extension at Tyrrell College for the Sea Lake Kindergarten worth $1.152 million dollars.
  • Birchip Oval Upgrade Fully Funded A key priority for many sporting groups in Birchip is set to be realised after the announcement of $100,000 in funding from the State Government’s Country Football and Netball Program.
  • New Silo Art Stop Turns Heads The second Silo Art installation in Buloke Shire is complete and already creating a huge impression. The GrainCorp silos in Sea Lake have undergone a breathtaking reinvigoration in colours synonymous with the districts famous night sky.
  • Tapping in to Apex Park Visitors to Apex Park, Sea Lake will now have easy access to drinking water whilst enjoying the great new play space and street art the precinct has to offer after GWM Water recently installed a brand new Choose Tap water fountain.
  • Notice of Statutory Meeting Notice is given that in accordance with section 84 of the Local Government Act a Special Meeting of Buloke Shire Council is to be held from 6.30pm on Wednesday 13 November 2019 in the Wycheproof Supper Room, 367 Broadway, Wycheproof.
  • Come In, We Are Open Buloke Shire Council is open for, and importantly now, open to business! Council will mark the launch of the Better Approvals Project and the formalisation of its commitment to the Small Business Charter with an event to be held at the newly completed Charlton Park.
  • October Meeting Wrap Buloke Shire Council’s October Ordinary Meeting was highlighted by the induction of Cr Bronwyn Simpson. Council also endorsed its submission to the Victorian Local Government Rating System Review and noted the Annual Report 2018/19 and the progress of the Year 3 Annual Plan.
  • Public Art is Coming to Charlton Stage 1 of the Charlton Arts Trail will be implemented in November of this year with public art spaces to be activated. The public art project known as ‘3 walls’, was identified as one of the 13 projects to be completed as part of the $1 million in funding received under the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme.
  • Notice of Special Meeting Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 89 of the Local Government Act (1989) Council will hold a Special Meeting at 7.00pm on Wednesday, 2 October 2019 at the Culgoa Public Hall.
  • Sea Lake Silo Art The GrainCorp silos in Sea Lake are set to be the next instalment of Silo Art in Buloke, with painting commencing this week. Council has been working closely with GrainCorp and members of the Sea Lake community to deliver this project, which was identified as one of the 13 projects to be funded as part of the $1 million Federal Government Drought Communities Programme announced in March of this year.
  • Cr Simpson Sworn In Buloke Shire’s newest Councillor, Cr Bronwyn Simpson was sworn in at a ceremony held in Wycheproof on Monday 23 September2019. Cr Simpson was elected in a countback last week to replace Cr John Shaw who resigned in August, creating a vacancy in the Lower Avoca Ward.
  • Simpson Councillor Elect Bronwyn Simpson is the Councillor elect for the vacant Lower Avoca Ward seat within Buloke Shire after winning the countback to replace Cr John Shaw. Bronwyn has accepted the role of Councillor and will be sworn in at a ceremony on Monday 23 September 2019.
  • Buloke Countback Conducted Bronwyn Simpson is the Councillor elect for the vacant Lower Avoca Ward seat with Buloke Shire after winning this morning’s countback to replace Cr John Shaw.
  • Free Green Waste Month To help make Buloke Fire Ready for the upcoming season, Council is accepting green waste FREE OF CHARGE through the month of October at all Buloke landfills and transfer stations.
  • Green Lake Amenities Block Replacement Buloke Shire Council are currently undertaking the redevelopment of the boat ramp amenities block at Green Lake, which will include the demolition and construction of a brand new facility. The new structure will include an accessible toilet and shower, shower and toilet cubicles, exterior open-air showers and baby change facilities to improve visitor experience at the site.
  • September Meeting Wrap Buloke Shire Council at its September Ordinary Meeting approved its Financial and Performance Statements for 2018/19, endorsed a free month of green waste disposal and adopted its Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Policy.
  • Recycling Update Council is urging residents to continue to use their kerbside recycling and waste bins appropriately during the current recycling crisis. Recycling materials collected by Council’s waste contractor, Four Seasons Waste, are currently being transported to a metropolitan landfill as a result of the SKM closure.
  • Nominate Now for Australia Day Awards Council is once again looking to recognise outstanding contributions to the community by presenting the following awards for the whole of Buloke Shire.
  • Bridging the Gap Buloke Shire Council is undertaking an Industry Product and Services Gap Analysis project, another key action of the recently adopted Economic Development and Tourism Strategy.
  • Better Get Ready Council has teamed up with Small Business Victoria and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions to design a more streamlined and simplified permit approval approvals process for businesses.
  • August Meeting Wrap Buloke Shire Council at its August Ordinary Meeting awarded the contract to supply a series of toilets across the Shire, endorsed the revised Community Grants and Sponsorship Guidelines, set the dates for upcoming swimming pool season and moved a motion to advocate for increased social housing in the Shire.
  • Cr Shaw Resigns Cr John Shaw has today written to Mayor Cr Carolyn Stewart and CEO Anthony Judd informing them of his resignation from Council, effective 19 August 2019.
  • Workforce Development and Training Needs in Buloke Buloke Shire Council is pleased to release a report on ‘Workforce Development and Training Needs - Buloke Shire’ (2019).
  • Sea Lake Hotel Update Council took the lead on negotiating the clearing of the site of the former Sea Lake Hotel site following a Community Meeting held in April 2019.
  • Council Supports RFA Save Our Tracks Campaign Buloke Shire Council is supporting the Rail Freight Alliance Save our Tracks Campaign because the completion of the Murray Basin Rail Project to its original scope and that the Victoria Rail Freight Network must remain in State ownership and control.
  • Rise of Satisfaction Continues Buloke Shire Council has noted positive results from the 2019 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey at its July Ordinary Meeting. The survey report demonstrates an overall improvement for Council from 2018 and continues the upward trend back to the peak result of 2012. Council is also bridging the gap for the state-wide average for Small Rural Councils.
  • July Meeting Wrap Buloke Shire Council at its July Ordinary Meeting noted the progress against the Year 2 Annual Plan whilst also adopting the Year 3 Annual Plan, formalised submissions to both the Local Government Bill reforms and the Buloke Shire Representation Review as well noting the results from the 2019 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey.
  • Transformation Fund Success for Buloke Buloke Shire Council will share in $5 million funding with five other local government areas to improve the quality, effectiveness and affordability of services to our communities as part of the Rural Councils Transformation Program.
  • Charlton Levee Update In 2017, a detailed design was completed for flood mitigation levees to protect Charlton from flooding, however without the additional work proposed by this project, the community, Council and the state government are not yet equipped to make an informed decision whether to proceed with construction.
  • New Local Law Takes Effect Council has made a new Community Local Law. The purpose of the community local law is to secure community safety, protect public assets and enhance community amenity.
  • Funds Available to Encourage Older People to Keep Moving Expressions of interest open in Buloke Shire on 1 July 2019 for a share of $1.2 million in federal funding to help get older residents in the Loddon Mallee region up and moving.
  • Birchip Flood Restoration Program Update Council’s progression with the Birchip Flood Restoration Program continues in the wake of the flood event in December last year. Council has completed all field inspections and identified around 500 defects that need varying degrees of restoration. Apart from areas in and around Birchip, some of these issues are as far away as Charlton and districts.
  • Defining Budget Adopted Buloke Shire Council adopted its Annual Budget 2019/20 at a Special Meeting of Council held on 19 June 2019. The budget, which reflects Council’s commitment to long term financial sustainability, includes the repayment of the $7 million loan taken out in 2014.
  • June Meeting Wrap Buloke Shire Council’s June Ordinary Meeting was highlighted by the hearing of submissions to its draft Annual Budget 2019/20, agreement to commence formal discussions with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to explore opportunities for a local level treaty, and reporting against outcomes from grant applications and progress against the Economic Development and Tourism Strategy.
  • Draft Annual Budget 2019/20 Council has prepared its draft Annual Budget 2019/20 and has placed it on public exhibition and called for submissions. The draft 2019/20 Budget is a continuation of a detailed review of Council’s financial position and services. It proposes a range of initiatives which provide for Council to return to operating surpluses and long term sustainability. Submissions close at 4.00pm 7 June 2019.
  • Vale Ron Summerhayes Former Buloke Shire and Shire of Wycheproof Councillor Ron Summerhayes passed away last week. Ron’s commitment to local government was extensive, serving on the Shire of Wycheproof between 1984 and 1995 and then Buloke Shire Council between 2000 and 2003.
  • A Better Way is Coming Buloke Shire Council is teaming up with Small Business Victoria and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions to design a more streamlined and simplified permit approval process.
  • Drought Applications Finalised Council will be making applications for $1 million worth of projects across the Shire under the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme. The applications include a project in each of Buloke’s ten townships as well as a small halls and fire sheds program and an event to be held in partnership with the Birchip Cropping Group.
  • Further Funding for Key Roads Further good news for Buloke Shire came this week when another $1.8 million of funding was announced from the State Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program. The funding will see upgrade works completed on the Culgoa-Ultima Road as well as the next stage of the Watchem- Warracknabeal Road upgrade.
  • May Meeting Wrap Council’s May Ordinary Meeting was highlighted by the release of the draft Annual Budget 2019/20 for submission, applications for projects under the Drought Communities Programme, the making of the Meeting Procedure and Common Seal Local Law 2019 and the adoption of the Revenue and Rating Strategy 2019-23 and Rating Policy.
  • Have Your Say on Draft Annual Budget Buloke Shire Council has placed its draft Annual Budget 2019/20 on exhibition and called for written submissions. The draft Annual Budget 2019/20 reflects Council’s commitment to long term financial sustainability and continued support for the community with a range of initiatives.
  • Boost for Cumming Avenue Stage 1 of the Birchip Streetscape Improvements Project is now fully funded following an announcement of $320,000 from the State Government.
  • April Meeting Wrap Council’s April Ordinary Meeting was highlighted by the making of the Buloke Community Local Law 2019, the inviting of submissions to the draft Revenue and Rating Strategy and Policy and the adoption of Council’s Customer Service Charter.
  • Draft Revenue and Rating Strategy and Draft Rating Policy Council is currently seeking submissions on the draft Revenue and Rating Strategy, and draft Rating policy from the Buloke community. Submissions must be provided to Council by 12.00pm Friday, 3 May 2019.
  • Notice of Making of a Local Law Notice is given pursuant to sections 119 of the Local Government Act 1989 that Buloke Shire Council, at its meeting held on the 10 April 2019, resolved to make Community Local Law 2019. The Community Local Law 2019 will come into effect on the 1 July 2019.
  • Draft Meetings Procedure and Common Seal Local Law 2018 Notice is given that the Buloke Shire Council proposes to make a new local law titled the Meetings Procedure and Common Seal Local Law 2018. The proposed Local Law is to replace the existing Meeting Procedures and Common Seal Law No.15 (2015).
  • Construction of the Camp Street Temporary Levee Council will be undertaking temporary levee works in Camp Street Donald in late April.
  • Our Region Our Rivers Now Our Reality Buloke Shire Council is one of seven Councils across northern Victoria and southern New South Wales to receive funding from the Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund for foreshore redevelopments and upgrades.
  • Economic Development and Tourism in the Spotlight Buloke Shire Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee has met for the first time. The committee, a recommendation of Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Strategy, contains members who were selected from a strong number of applications received last year after an Expression of Interest process.
  • March Meeting Wrap Buloke Shire Council’s March Ordinary Meeting was highlighted by applications to the Fixing Country Roads Program and the tracking of progress of Council’s Capital Works Program.
  • Drought Funding Flows The good funding news has continued for Buloke Shire as Senator Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation announced $1 million of drought funding for the Shire in Charlton on Thursday 21 March 2019.
  • National Relay Service A phone solution for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.
  • Stories of the Flood 2010 - 2011 Stories of the Flood and Examining the Buloke Shire’s Largest Ever Flood Publications