Seasons Greetings from Northern Grampians Shire Council!Please note that our St Arnaud and Stawell Customer Service offices will be closed during the holidays. Both offices will close 12pm Friday 22 December 2023, reopening normal business hours Tuesday 2 January 2024. For urgent matters, call 03 5358 8700.
Holiday Closure Information 2023
Our building and planning teams have implemented a new and simple permit application process called Greenlight. The Greenlight Online Permit Manager will allow you to submit and pay for your applications online, receive correspondence by email and monitor the status of your applications from start to finish. To access, please visit our planning or building permit pages or click on the link:
Northern Grampians Shire Greenlight Planning and Building Permits
Explore this section to read about the various lakes and waterways projects in the St Arnaud area.
The Walkers Lake Management Plan (the Plan) identifies five strategic areas of community recreation and built environment, cultural heritage, biodiversity and natural environment, tourism and economic and water supply.
In 2019, council endorsed the long term Walkers Lake Management Plan 2019-29. Council works in partnership with the community through the Walkers Lake Advisory Group to develop annual action plans in line with the strategic management plan.
Walkers Lake Management Plan 2019-29(PDF, 8MB)
Lake Batyo Catyo is part of the Avon Plains Lakes system. In 1961, it was modified to become a water storage for the Avon Richardson system and became a significant recreational lake and was widely used by locals and visitors to the district.
The Wimmera Mallee Pipeline was completed in 2010 and resulted in water savings making Lake Batyo Catyo water storage unnecessary.
In 2012, the diversion rules from the Richardson River were changed so that no water was to be diverted into Lake Batyo Catyo and the inflow channel at Rich Avon Weir was permanently closed to ensure that Richardson River flows do not enter the lake.
A group of residents from St Arnaud and surrounding districts have formed to create the Avon Plains Lakes Association Inc. to investigate alternative opportunities to the management of the lake.
The Stuart Mill community is advocating for the necessary repairs required to the Teddington No.1 Reservoir. Council is supporting the local community in the advocacy efforts to Parks Victoria.
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