Our Mayor's Message

The major item on the Council agenda this month was the redevelopment of the Council's Moulamein offices and the allocation of funds to a Moulamein Community Hub. The community hub in particular will involve relocating the council chambers into a centralised community facility that includes the Business Centre and several other services. Although recent media indicated this project was well advanced the facts are it is still in its early days with the office reconfiguration being the first thing to get underway. The Council & I see this as delivering much greater value than the originally approved office extensions and we have great faith that this will develop into a very positive outcome for the whole Wakool Shire community.

Council was very fortunate to receive a great presentation from the Gannawarra Youth Council at our recent meeting. With the generous assistance of Gannawarra Shire these kids have achieved a great deal, much of it on the back of the enthusiasm and drive of their members- some of who reside in Wakool Shire. We were really impressed by this confident, articulate presentation and are keen to offer support and link in wherever possible.  

I would also like to take this opportunity to commend the road maintenance staff on the condition of the Shire’s roads. This has been a dream season for grading roads and the Engineering Department has taken full advantage of the conditions by hiring in an additional grader. Thank you to all involved for your hard work and initiative. It also seems timely to remind river residents that the storage dams are close to spilling so it may be worthwhile thinking about flood preparations for your property.

Wakool Shire’s tourism website will be live in October which is a really great project Council is pleased to be implementing. The launch of wakoolrivers.com.au will be a significant step in marketing the shire to visitors and ensures our products and operators have an up-to-date online presence. Stay tuned for information when the site is live.

Congratulations to ex Tooleybuc Central School student & my niece Olivia Douglas for representing  Australia in the U/19 Women's Eight at the recent Rowing World Championships in Lithuania. Olivia's crew came away with 5th place which was an amazing effort with all the Aussie girls being current Year 12 VCE students up against mostly university crews from around the world. Many people & organisations assisted with Livvy's travel costs in getting to & from Lithuania. Our communities so often offer support and encouragement to those looking to further their goals and aspirations and this is just another example.

Lastly, congratulations to our local theatre company, Golden Rivers Theatre Group on their recent production of Disco Inferno. As is always the way with these guys the show overflowed with humour, professionalism and great fun. Emma, the kids and I loved every minute of it. Well done to all involved!