Council

Mitchell Shire council budget passes despite criticism of roads funding

By Colin MacGillivray MITCHELL Shire Council last week voted to adopt its 2021-22 budget, along with a 10-year financial plan and four-year rating and revenue plan, despite only tepid support from some councillors. The budget includes...

Should councils accept money raised through pokies?

By Colin MacGillivray A QUESTION about whether to accept money raised through electronic gaming machines as part of Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s community funding scheme caused heated division between councillors at last month’s meeting. During the...

Broadford residents oppose proposed motorsport circuit due to noise concerns

By Colin MacGillivray A BROADFORD resident has questioned the effectiveness of noise restriction enforcement in Mitchell Shire while encouraging Glenaroua residents to oppose a proposed motorsport facility in the region. A planning permit application lodged with...

What are dry stone walls and why are they protected in the City of...

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk The City of Whittlesea is home to kilometres of some of the oldest dry stone walls in the country that date back to the mid 1800s, and are protected under council’s planning...

More than 100 trees cut down in Laurimar despite resident opposition

By Colin MacGillivray A DOREEN man has voiced his disappointment at the removal of more than 100 trees in the Laurimar estate, claiming the City of Whittlesea went overboard with its program. Geebung Place resident Paul...

Sports facility upgrades in Kilmore, Broadford, Wallan and Seymour green-lit in funding splash

Communities will have access to improve sports facilities after projects across the Mitchell Shire received funding from the State Government’s Sport and Recreation Victoria. A $1 million reconstruction of netball and tennis courts in Kilmore...

Whittlesea council plans to reduce waste by 68,000 tonnes a year

The City of Whittlesea will aim to reduce waste sent to landfill by 68,000 tonnes each year by 2030 under its new waste plan. The council’s Rethinking Waste Plan 2021-2030 features 34 actions to be...

Whittlesea’s vaccine drive changes gear with new walk-in services

As the City of Whittlesea emerges from a two-week lockdown, council administrators are urging all eligible residents to get vaccinated. Northern Health has set up a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination hub at the Plenty Ranges Arts...

Macedon Ranges council split over Lancefield land development proposal

By Colin MacGillivray A DECISION on a permit for the sale of gardening and trade supplies on agricultural land in Lancefield has divided Macedon Ranges Shire councillors. The permit for the use and development of land...

Whittlesea council adopts 21/22 budget: Seniors and infrastructure in focus

Services for older people and new infrastructure will be a focus of the City of Whittlesea’s 2021-22 budget. Council will spend $229 million to deliver more than 100 operating services and programs, including $12 million...