Council plans are not on top of many people’s reading lists, but the latest update from the Strathbogie Shire Council contains some interesting information about some well and not-so-well known plans.
The council’s second quarter update on the 2013-17 plan reveals among other things:
■Advocate for an ambulance service in Nagambie — Send letter to Ambulance Victoria/Victorian Government (AV advised in 2010-11 that Nagambie was on a priority list). No letter has yet been sent (0 per cent completed, target June).
■Advocate for a high school in Nagambie — Need to determine demand and population data to support this plan. Not yet determined (0 per cent completed, target date June).
■Seek funding for Nagambie main street redevelopment — funding was approved through Regional Development Australia ($670000) but was withdrawn with change of Federal Government; new application to be submitted to a new body this month (80 per cent completed, target June).
■Secure funding to develop options for an additional sport and recreation precinct in Nagambie — This goal is to be reviewed this month (0 per cent complete, target June).
■Advocate to VicRoads and VicTrack for a roundabout resulting in a safe intersection at the Queen and Bank Sts junction with the railway line in Avenel — Project is included in Regional Freight Strategy, and expected as a higher priority for Regional Development Australia funding.
■Conduct a cost-benefit analysis on council-operated swimming pools (such as at Nagambie and Avenel), the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre and boating safety in Nagambie — Has been deferred (0 per cent completed, target June).
■Develop a marketing/events campaign program to help support Nagambie traders post-Bypass — The ‘‘Love Strathbogie’’ campaign is in progress, made available for cross-promotion and (the logo) is running on the front page of the Euroa newspaper. Further work to be done to increase its visibility (50 per cent completed, target June).
■Establish a working group for strategic planning on branding, marketing and development of High St retail area — a council internal working group been established to ‘‘promote the Love Strathbogie brand in all possible locations’’ (50 per cent completed, target November 2013).
■Every child should have a ‘‘competent learn to swim opportunity’’ — The council will write to all schools within the shire requesting they consider including swimming lessons for all children as part of their curriculum this year (10 per cent completed, target June).
■Review the management plan for Kirwans Bridge including funding opportunities — Structural assessment complete and consideration been given to heritage grant application (50 per cent completed, target June).
■Reduce the council’s ‘‘infrastructure gap’’ (for asset renewal) in a financially responsible manner as per Long Term Financial Plan — The 2013-14 Budget was initially developed based on the Asset Management Plan but was reduced due to funding constraints. The renewal ‘‘gap’’ is likely to remain to 2017-18 and close in 2024-25 (30 per cent completed, target June).
■Investigate development of no boating or fishing area at River St, Nagambie, and introduce no lifeguard swimming area — Has effectively been done.
■Introduce an organic household waste service — will be reconsidered by the council when a new waste contract is being investigated in 2014-15.
■Develop a tourist map of all horse studs in the shire (in conjunction with North East Thoroughbreds) — Still collecting data (15 per cent complete, target April).
■Investigate funding for a marketing company to work with tourism groups — Still in discussions with Victorian Government and Goulburn River Valley Tourism to look at funding options.
■Relocate Nagambie works depot to industrial estate — this was done in November last year.
■Develop old works depot for residential use and sell it — remediation of the site is almost finished and waiting for environmental clearance (50 per cent completed, target June).
■Advocate for better timetabling and shuttle services between Shepparton and Wodonga to Seymour — Raised at a recent meeting with Sharman Stone and Bill Sykes at Euroa (75 per cent completed, target June).
■Advocate for a full-time childcare facility in Nagambie — Need to determine demand levels, which has not yet begun (0 per cent completed, target June).
■Advocate for funding of Nagambie Lakes Community House — Meeting with Department of Human Services over funding options, but the group is not eligible ‘‘at this stage’’, no alternatives yet sourced (30 per cent completed, target June).
■Investigate sealing Plain Rd, Nagambie, as an alternative truck route away from the town centre — dependent on funding availability (20 per cent completed, target June).
■Widen Nagambie-Locksley Rd to a uniform width and improve signage to Euroa — additional works planned for March (30 per cent completed, target June).
■Increase councillors’ interaction with communities in their own backyards — a framework is nearly finished and discussions are underway for Facebook and Twitter accounts for Mayor Deb Swan (50 per cent completed, target June).
■Continue to drive the shared services project with Shepparton and Moira councils — Moira has withdrawn from the project but the other two shires will continue to look for opportunities to share services; looking at inviting three other councils to the alliance (70 per cent completed, target June).
■Formation of a Youth Council — funding has not yet been identified and is also part of the council’s youth strategy, which hasn’t been signed off yet (25 per cent completed, target June).