Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison believes his council has closed the book on a successful first year at the helm.TRENT HORNEMAN December 24, 2013 4:22am
Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison believes his council has closed the book on a successful first year at the helm.
Cr Maddison said the group of nine councillors had developed into a strong team, working on opening pathways of communication with the community.
This month, Campaspe Shire opened the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, one of the final acts of its $15.2 million Port of Echuca Revitalisation project.
Cr Maddison said councillors would now look to support applications to fund the second stage of the redevelopment.
As well as securing funding for the stage two development, Cr Maddison said he would like to see planning on a second river crossing at Echuca-Moama progress, as well as plans for a consolidated school in Echuca’s west.
Cr Maddison said getting a Victorian Government commitment to have a new bridge in the state government’s forward budget estimates would be a priority.
Financial responsibility was central to this year’s budget, with council ramping up its capital works program and closing its asset renewal gap.
Curbing rate rises, which had been about 6 per cent annually, had been on the council’s agenda during the second half of the year.
Cr Maddison said Campaspe Shire was focused on providing as many services as possible.
‘‘It is a balance between what you can provide and what you can afford,’’ he said.
‘‘You have to be aware of your limitations.’’
Cr Maddison said councillors would approach the 2014-15 budget with affordability and efficiency clearly at front of mind.
A multimillion-dollar redevelopment of one of Shepparton’s central business districts has resulted in an influx of new customers and increased trade.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca United and Moama will play for the 3Jacks trophy at Echuca South Oval today.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Heathcote's Union Hotel is continuing its record of fundraising for the Royal Children's Hospital.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
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