Community members were invited to drop-in to our Info Expo on Thursday 21 April from 4pm to 6pm at the Council Chambers Pleasant Creek Historic Precinct or on Friday 22 April from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Perry Room, St Arnaud Town Hall.
The Info Expo was an opportunity to input into the development of the Asset Plan, and also talk with our Council officers and councillors about Council's annual review of the Revenue and Rating Plan, and proposed changes to the General Local Law 2022.
Several questions were received from our community regarding assets in general. To assist those who were unable to attend, our response is also listed below:
Q1. The condition of particular gravel roads is poor
Just like maintenance grading in wet conditions is 10 times more effective than grading in dry conditions, Council aims to grade the roads, just like farms ensure the conditions are right before sowing a crop, to get the best bang for buck with the limited budget we have.
Q2. The Survey doesn't cover my particular pain points and there isn't an area to explain it.
The survey has not been designed to cover individual circumstances but rather public opinion about the network by large. We have tried to simplify it to a base service level requirements that endeavours to resinate with as many people as possible. There is a further opportunity to meet with council staff in our next stage of engagement to further consider your feedback.
Q3. What is Council's plan with Batyo Cato?
Council remains the Committee of Management for the Batyo Cato site and while the land cannot be returned to the crown at this time, council has determined to provide the minimum level of service at the sight, including fire risk reduction slashing. If the community wish to see an increase level of maintenance undertaken at the sight, then Council will need to agree to such a change. The filling of the lake is not something that is in the control of Council.
Q.4 There is a weed outbreak along roadsides.
Reported weed outbreaks will be inspected by the appropriate officer. Council has a limited capacity to control and manage the spread of weeds via the road reserve and therefore targeted weeds and pest are recognised within its management plan. If a weed becomes a growing concern and is a recognised noxious weed it can be considered under this program.