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Changes to Maternal Child Health Service

The Maternal and Child Health Services will be operating as an appointment only service on a temporary basis for the rest of the year.

Asbestos awareness month

Loddon Shire Council has joined a national campaign to urge homeowners, tradesmen and handymen to be careful when renovating.

Electorates shuffled

After a major review concluded by the Electoral Boundaries Commission last year, Loddon will now be covered by four electorates – Murray Plains in the north, Ripon to the south, Bendigo East taking a piece on the eastern side and Bendigo West owning a sliver at the bottom.

A Greenfield Perspective

William Greenfield’s exploration of landscapes, through the art of photography, is now on view at Wedderburn.

Christmas festival begins

The community will begin to show its festive side, with the Wedderburn Community Christmas Festival fast approaching.

Touring the region

Visitor Information Centre staff and volunteers have been treated to a tour of the region, to ensure they are armed with helpful guidance for tourists.

Accommodation guide released

Loddon Shire has released an Accessible Accommodation Guide to make it easier for people with a disability and others to visit the region.

Recycle bins contaminated

Council is concerned that a number of recycling bins across Loddon have been contaminated with waste.

Australia Day Awards close

The Australia Day Committee, made up from prominent community-minded people, is in the process of judging the awards and competitions.
Boort eastern redevelopment

Boort eastern redevelopment

Civil works are nearing completion for the Boort Eastern Entry redevelopment.

Pool Safety Push

Yesterday’s return of daylight saving has been seized upon by Kidsafe Victoria as an opportunity to launch its latest campaign, under the banner “Closing the Gate on Backyard Pool Drowning”.

Support for trauma and grief

Following the recent tragic events in Wedderburn we have taken this opportunity to provide some information that may assist the Community to respond in the coming weeks and months.

Boost for preschools

Loddon Shire’s five Council-owned kindergartens received a financial boost last month with the announcement of a state government decision to increase the start-up and annual grants for kindergarten cluster managers.

Drumming Up Interest

Shabba is coming to entertain the kids!Loddon Shire plans to mark national Children’s Week later this month by hosting a 45-minute West African drum and dance workshop for 72 four-year-olds from Council’s five kindergartens around the Shire.

Open for bookings

Caravans, campervans and motorhomes will start rolling through the gates of the Bridgewater Public Caravan Park.

Pedalling for Better Health

Now that the football, netball and hockey seasons have finished in the North-Central league, the thoughts of Boort’s cycling fraternity can turn to plans for next year’s Murray to Moyne ride.

Naturally New Age Festival

Market stalls, workshops, music and food will features at this year’s Naturally New Age family day at Wedderburn this Sunday. (Oct 26)

Loddon Shire hosts Play Australia

Serpentine will host a Play Australia seminar on October 27.
Council's Crazy Hats for a Great Cause

Council's Crazy Hats for a Great Cause

Council staff donned crazy hats last week (Oct 9) to support mental health research as part of its healthy workplace initiative

New park about to open

Anticipation is building in Bridgewater as the day for the official opening of the all-new Bridgewater Caravan Park and restored river foreshore reserve nears.
Mentors make a difference

Mentors make a difference

Going to the football or the movies, doing some cooking and gardening or heading off for holidays are simple enough pleasures, but it’s activities such as these which form the cornerstone of an innovative community-led program now flourishing in Loddon Shire.

Student Art Work on Display at Boort Show

The Loddon Healthy Minds Network Art Competition has been judged, with works to be displayed at Boort Show this weekend. (Saturday, October 11)

Sports clubs have their say

A high-level meeting in Bendigo next week will be the next step in a concerted effort by Loddon Shire Council to get its new Recreation Strategy exactly right.
Dingee’s dads show they’re game

Dingee’s dads show they’re game

Dingee kindergarten held its annual gumboot throwing day earlier this month, with the fathers of the children meeting in earnest competition in the preschool grounds.

Women win community honours

Three women from Loddon Shire will be honoured next week when the Loddon Bendigo Rural Women’s Network holds a once-only event, “Tribute to Rural Women”.

Sports club views sought

Loddon’s sporting and recreational clubs have an unprecedented opportunity next week to help shape the way they interact with the Shire over the next five years.

Loddon operators come up trumps

Two prominent businesses in Loddon Shire have created a fine impression during recent anonymous visits under the “Mystery Shopper” auditing scheme conducted by Bendigo Tourism.

Hay facility a major boost

A new specialist hay processing and export facility south of Bridgewater will inject $700,000 a year into the local economy, according to Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh.

New mower cuts work time

Bridgewater recreation reserve has become the latest recipient of a brand-new oval mower, thanks to an innovative policy recently adopted by Council.

Top marks for popular pub

Pyramid Hill’s Victoria Hotel has come up brilliantly in the latest “Mystery Shopper” business audit conducted by Bendigo Tourism.

Floods feedback sought

Have your say on how better to manage flood emergencies

New book tells all

A new book telling the complete history of Wedderburn will soon be launched in Loddon Shire – the first time such a mammoth task has ever been attempted.

Show them what you’ve got

Bendigo Regional Tourism has backed Council’s efforts to promote local food and wine producers with an invitation to display their wares at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show.

Waste water checks pushing on

Council’s waste water audit around the Shire is now more than halfway through, with project officer Cameron Earl reporting on the five locations surveyed and others under way.
Flood recovery job the last one

Flood recovery job the last one

When Council workers packed up their equipment and signed off on their repair work on the Barraport-Minmindie road, a chapter closed.
New grant a boost to project

New grant a boost to project

When a Victorian government minister turns up at footy training, you can’t help get the feeling there’s some good news coming.

Park project at final stage

A sculpture walk, events space, new shelters and a revamped play space are just a few of the proposed plans to follow on from the Boort Eastern Entry redevelopment.

Anzac centenary plans evolve

The federal government has given Loddon Shire $20,000 towards the cost of erecting bronze statues of two of the district’s most decorated soldiers.

Rate cap plan misguided: Mayor

Loddon Shire Mayor Cr Gavan Holt has come out swinging at Labor’s proposal to cap council rate increases to CPI, saying the plan is unsustainable and beyond reason.

New sharps exchange site opens

Loddon Shire residents using Council’s diabetic sharps container exchange program have a new drop-off point in Pyramid Hill.

No debt here, says Mayor

Loddon Shire Mayor Cr Gavan Holt has strongly refuted rumours that the municipality is deeply in debt, following a report to that effect in local media.

Wool buyer opens its doors

Sheep farmers in Loddon Shire will welcome the news of a long-established wool buyer setting up shop in Wedderburn’s main street.
Manager wins top state award

Manager wins top state award

Loddon Shire Council Works Manager Steven Phillips has won a statewide award for excellence, announced late last month in Melbourne.

Zones review goes to panel

Loddon Shire Council has taken the next step in the long-running process of its Rural Zones Review.

Treasure-hunters to return

More than 100 enthusiasts are expected to converge on Wedderburn’s Jacka Park on Saturday 31 May from 9am for the Shire’s third free geocaching event and barbecue.
Gates open at new park

Gates open at new park

Fancy a free holiday in a brand-new caravan and camping park?

Shire keen for city exposure

Up to 10,000 visitors and more than 130 exhibitors are expected to attend the third Regional Victoria Living Expo, planned for the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11-13 April.
Wildlife project one out of the box

Wildlife project one out of the box

An innovative project is under way in Loddon Shire, uniting school students, community volunteers and local conservationists.
Leadership school under way

Leadership school under way

2014 Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program
Time to register your pet

Time to register your pet

Dog and cat owners registering their pets in Loddon Shire this year will, for the first time, receive a lifetime tag for their animals.

Vintage bikes to join the action

Loddon Shire’s annual celebration of historic sports car racing, the Eddington Sprints, fires up again on Saturday 29 March, with more action than ever.

New strategy to chart the way

Loddon Shire Council will commission an economic development strategy to guide the Shire’s economy and stimulate employment opportunities up to 2018.

Old train station to be reborn

The vacant Inglewood railway station and goods shed buildings will be transformed into a busy multi-purpose community space.
Park to open to holidaymakers

Park to open to holidaymakers

The new Bridgewater Public Caravan Park will be open for the first time on Friday 4 April, with free camping on offer.

Tim Fischer to visit Loddon

Tim Fischer will be guest speaker at Loddon Shire’s principal celebration of the centenary of Anzac Day in April next year.

Indigenous tours study gets off the ground

Anyone can drive into Loddon Shire and catch a glimpse of the rich indigenous history of those places.
Tall tales on the street

Tall tales on the street

Friday 4 April is the day for the official recognition of seven historical towers newly erected along the main street of Boort.

Boort’s Cups running over

Record prize money, a raft of free activities and a boosted Fashions on the Field competition are all key highlights of this year’s Boort Cups meeting, planned for Sunday 16 March at Boort Park.

Road project a win for Shire

One of the bigger road-making projects handled by Loddon Shire Council over recent years had its final seal last month.

Free fun’s on the menu

A free family event at Calivil this month will give local residents a chance to catch up with friends and be entertained by self-described “jollity consultant” Phil Melgaard.
Wedderburn’s ‘wow’ weekend

Wedderburn’s ‘wow’ weekend

Visitors to Wedderburn for the annual Minelab Detector Jamboree will have the opportunity to hunt for more than just the usual prized metal tokens.
Easter opening for new park

Easter opening for new park

The completion of the irrigation pumping system at the Bridgewater Caravan Park this week has provided a boost to progress.

Progress Park to get a new look

Progress Park, in Newbridge, is in line for a facelift, thanks to a $10,000 allocation from Loddon Shire Council.

Community Grants Scheme opens

Local sporting and community organisations are invited to put up their hands for a share of Loddon Shire’s annual allocation to its Community Grants Scheme.

Project grants on offer

Loddon Shire’s Community Planning Program is open for business for 2014/15, with a $750,000 pool available for local projects which meet Council’s guidelines.
New home taking shape

New home taking shape

Work is well under way on a new manager’s residence for the Council-owned Wedderburn Caravan Park, with the relevant permits issued and a delivery date in mind.

City visitor strikes gold

Pam Sandells was filling in time at the Red Couch Café in Bridgewater when she spied a competition voucher and submitted her details.
New mower a cut above

New mower a cut above

Six major recreation reserves around the Shire will receive new oval mowers over the next three years.
New look foreshore a step closer

New look foreshore a step closer

Plans to reinvigorate the Laanecoorie foreshore reserve have taken another step forward with the release of final designs for the site.
Community house taking shape

Community house taking shape

Work on the new extension at the Wedderburn Community House is well under way and staff will soon begin planning their move into the building.

Poppies a new cropping option

Farmers in Loddon Shire have been invited to get in on the ground floor of a new cropping industry said to be destined to reach a value of $100 million within a decade.

Loddon’s top citizens honoured

Loddon Shire has named two women as dual winners of its Citizen of the Year award for 2014.

Honour our sporting champions

The deadline for nominations for Loddon Shire’s first-ever Sports Awards is now just days away.