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Loddon Shire Mayoral Column

Released on 6 May 2019

Small Business Bus coming to Boort

The Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus will be in Boort on Thursday 30 May. The bus will be located at Godfrey Street, opposite the Boort Resource and Information Centre (BRIC) between 10am and 4pm.

The Small Business Bus offers free 45-minute mentoring sessions to help you start or build your small business. The sessions, which are delivered by mentors from the Small Business Mentoring Service, can be tailored to address the specific needs of your business.

There are five session times available for the Boort stop (from 10am until 4pm) and only one session is available for each business. Bookings are essential – so please make sure you make an appointment to secure your session time.

You can make an appointment by visiting www.business.vic.gov.au/events/small-business-bus  and typing in “Boort” in the box on the left-hand side of the page (under “Search & Filter Events”). You will then be taken to the Small Business Bus Boort event page, which provides a link to book a session time.

For more information or questions about the Small Business Bus call Business Victoria on
13 22 15.

Community grant applications open until 30 May

Applications for Council’s Community Grants Scheme are now open until 4pm, Thursday 30 May 2019.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for not-for-profit clubs and organisations based in the Loddon Shire to deliver projects that directly benefit residents.

The Community Grants Scheme aims to help not-for-profit organisations enhance the provision of activities, facilities or delivery of services to people in our community.

Successful grant applications are funded on a two-to-one basis. This means for every $2 provided by Council, the successful applicants must contribute a minimum of $1 towards the cost of the project. Up to 50 per cent of an applicant’s contribution can be in-kind.

Please note, applications must be submitted online through Smarty Grants. Council’s Community Support team are available to assist with completing your application online via phone or an appointment can be made to meet to complete the application. 

To find out more, call Council’s Community Support Team on 5494 1200.

National Road Safety Week

Every year, more than 1200 people are killed and another 35,000 seriously injured on Australian roads.

This week is National Road Safety Week. Running from 6 to 12 May, the week highlights the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it.

The week is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partnering road safety organisations and Government.

Additionally, the week honours those we have lost and pledges to make the roads safer for everyone.

The theme for this year’s National Road Safety Week is Drive so others survive. People are asked to pledge to drive so others survive.

This includes driving as if your loved ones are on the road ahead and removing all distractions and never using your mobile phone while behind the wheel. The pledge also asks people to be aware of road and people working in the road environment who are vulnerable, slow down, and drive safely near them.

To find out more and to take the pledge, visit www.roadsafetyweek.net.au 

Recycling – what happens to green waste?

This financial year, Loddon Shire has collected 156 cubic metres of green waste. Green waste is treated for contamination and shredded on site to be re-used for site rehabilitation, landfill cover and beautification. 

Council offers separation of green waste/organics and materials such as timbers, furniture, construction and demolition materials in domestic quantities to be broken down and retreated.

The separation from the green waste and organics pile provides maximum efficiency and cost to Council during the shredding phase. It also reduces contamination of re-useable material onsite and provides maximum return of available materials to be used on Council’s parks, gardens and open spaces.

Did you know?

Having mentioned last week that the draft Activating Open Spaces Strategy is now open for public comment, did you know that there are 113 or more parcels of public open spaces located within our Shire? This diversity of public open spaces includes parks, playgrounds, sports ovals, bushland, footpaths, cycling/walking tracks, rivers and lakes.

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