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October Meeting Wrap

Publish Date: 18 October 2021

Buloke Shire Council again met virtually for their October Meeting, which was highlighted by the adoption of the Council’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategy and Plan for community consultation and the Progress Report for the Annual Plan 2021/2022.

Council has released the 10-year Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategy and Plan for consultation. The strategy is a clear, concise and actionable plan for implementation into the Council and community.

A community survey has already been undertaken which identified risks and opportunities under the themes of people, natural resources, built environment, economy and council operations. Now a second opportunity for the community to engage opens.

Actions have been categorised into thirteen goals for climate action which are; integrate climate into Council operations, robust emissions measurement, ongoing emergency management, waste and landfill emissions reductions, Council building improvements, community building improvements, energy security and technology switching, low emission transport, transport infrastructure improvements, improve septic tank management, enhance biodiversity, conservation and revegetation, adaptive agriculture and shared community vision.

Council has noted progress against its Year 1 - Annual Plan for the first time.

Each year Council develops an Annual Plan to establish a series of actions, projects, programs and initiatives to achieve the Council Plan 2021-2025.

Among the highlights outlined in the quarterly report were:

  • A contractor being appointed to complete town drainage strategy for Nullawil,
  • Progress against the Lighting up Buloke Program, with tennis clubs in Charlton, Donald and Wycheproof all having new lights installed,
  • Progress against Birchip and Wycheproof streetscapes,
  • The appointment of a Youth Officer to deliver the VicHealth Program,
  • Application submitted for cabin accommodation across the Shire’s Caravan Parks,
  • Commencement of the Economic Development and Tourism Strategy, with workshops held with key stakeholder groups.

Minutes and documents relating to the October Council Meeting will be made available on Council’s website.

The next Buloke Shire Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday 10 November 2021.