Loddon Shire Mayoral Column 14 March 2023

Published on 14 March 2023

Mayor-Dan Straub

Municipal Flood Recovery Committee Meeting

Last Thursday, I attended the Municipal Flood Recovery meeting at the Serpentine Bowling Club where we heard from various agencies on the ongoing recovery efforts so far.

One of the key themes that emerged from the meeting was the importance of collaboration and communication within the various agencies.

Actions were identified that the Committee will be pursuing in the coming months.

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting and contributed with insights and expertise.

Time to register your pets 

Cat and dog registration time has rolled around again, and renewal notices will be arriving in pet owners’ mail boxes in the coming weeks.

Sadly we know there are many more cats and dogs within the Shire which we have no record of, and are unable to return should they go astray.

The simple fact is if a cat or dog isn’t micro-chipped and registered they cannot be identified and reunited with their owner.

In the best interests of your pet, your family and the community, please ensure your registration renewal is paid by the due date.

Every dog and cat over the age of three months must be registered. Owners of dogs and cats being registered for the first time with Council are required to provide evidence that their pet has a microchip.

If you have an unregistered pet in your care, please take this opportunity to contact Council and rectify the situation as soon as possible, without fear of penalty.

Further information on pet registration can be obtained by contacting Council’s Local Laws team on 5494 1200.

Kooyoora State Park (Melville Caves) reopened

I am pleased to see Parks Victoria announce that Kooyoora State Park, which suffered significant flood and storm damage has reopened.

Campground, lookout and picnic areas were reopened at 3pm Thursday 9th March.

The following roads within the park remain closed due to storm damage:

  • Mount View Road
  • Back Road
  • Kirwan’s Road
  • Sunday Morning Hills Track
  • O’Shannessy Road
  • Some walking tracks

Kooyoora’s walking tracks and road networks are the best way to see the natural features of the park. If you follow the meandering paths along the valley and I’m sure you’ll marvel at the remarkable granite boulders, rock wells and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside from the Melville Caves summit and Mount Brenanah.

To stay up to date with reported issues of the park please visit https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/kooyoora-state-park

First Australian Junior Wool Handling title 

Laanecoories’s Abbey Curnow has become the first Australian to win the Junior Wool Handling title at the Golden Shears Championship in New Zealand.

Abbey has undergone woolclassing training for 12 months and excelled in both the theoretical and practical aspects. Her expertise in this field has seen her named Shearing Contractors’ Association of Australia ambassador.

It makes me extremely proud to see our Shire has such talented individuals who excel in their respective fields and make a name for themselves.

Congratulations Abbey.



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