Campaspe Shire held a community meeting at Rochester Racecourse Recreation Reserve on Wednesday as part of its Campaspe: Our Future consultation program.ELAINE COONEY June 24, 2014 3:20am
Campaspe Shire councillor Carol Howell and Yolanda McKindlay at the Campaspe: Our Future workshop. Photo: Elaine Cooney
Fewer than 10 community members attended the Campaspe: Our Future workshop at Rochester Racecourse Recreation Reserve on Wednesday.
A series of workshops, run by independent consultant firm Straight Talk, is aimed at helping council put together its 20-year plan.
Moama resident Yolanda McKindlay spoke about what attracted international visitors to the region.
She said one of her recent guests from overseas came to attend the Riverboats Music Festival.
Ms McKindlay said the region had the potential to draw visitors if it increased its number of festivals and arts events.
She suggested a garden festival could be held.
The group ran a vision-based exercise so residents could say what future they wanted for Campaspe Shire.
One of the recurring visions was the need for ‘‘green spaces’’ and ‘‘connectedness’’.
Attendee Judy Anderson said she envisioned a safe and progressive community.
Campaspe Shire councillor Paul Jarman wished for a growing, healthy community that was more culturally connected.
The group was asked to prioritise themes such as liveability and social inclusion.
Straight Talk senior consultant Nicola Wass said the prioritising exercise was important for council.
‘‘Councils have to make difficult choices and the priorities of the community are important,’’ she said.
She said the results of the workshops would be included in Campaspe Shire’s draft plan.
Board members recall how they helped start Waratah Lodge, a retirement home that has lasted 25 years.
Police are currently at the scene of a double fatal collision involving two cars in at the Cahill Road, Gilmore Street and Woods Road intersection in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
Sam Lowndes might have been the youngest member of the North-Eastern Knights under 13 hockey side, but he still made a big impact at the Junior State Hockey Championships in Melbourne last week.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
Boil water notice lifted on Sunday for Kyabram and Merrigum
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
Scores of local farmers and concerned community groups will travel to Barham today to protest the Murray Darling Basin Plan in front of key Senators and Members of Parliament.
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
The second Koonoomoo Pickers and Packers Charity Ball came to town on the weekend, and was bigger and better than ever.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The second annual National Herd Development Victorian Winter Fair was in action at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre last Wednesday and Thursday.
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