Mayoral Column 23 April 2016

Published on 23 April 2018

Lest we forget

This Anzac Day Loddon Shire, together with the nation, will remember those who have lost their lives in military and peacekeeping operations.

The communities of Boort, Bridgewater, Inglewood, Korong Vale, Calivil, Pyramid Hill, Mologa and Wedderburn will hold local Anzac Day ceremonies, with a couple hosting Dawn Services and many finishing with a breakfast or barbecue.

Not only do these ceremonies honour those who have served our country, but they remember the spirit of Anzac, including its qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice. These qualities continue to be relevant to our sense of national identity today.

To view the Anzac Day ceremony list and times, visit Council’s website, and go to “Ceremonies” under the “Live” tab.

Borella-Jacka Victoria Cross Commemorative Sculpture

A reminder that the unveiling of the Borella-Jacka Victoria Cross Commemorative Sculpture will also take place on Anzac Day at Wedderburn’s Soldiers’ Memorial Park at 11.45am.

The commemorative sculpture pays tribute to two prominent residents of Loddon Shire, Albert Borella and Albert Jacka who were both recipients of the Victoria Cross for their service during the First World War.

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the opening. Please RSVP to or call 5494 1230 if you wish to attend.

Inglewood Town Hall Hub fundraiser

The Inglewood Town Hall Hub Section 86 Committee of Management is inviting the community to join them on Anzac Day for an afternoon of easy listening blues music to remember and celebrate the history of our Anzacs.

The event will take place on the lawn at the Inglewood Town Hall from 3pm to 7pm. The Town Hall Hub will be open for tours from 4pm to 5pm, which will be a great opportunity to see what Stage One of the restoration has achieved.

Entry is $5 with drinks at bar prices and finger food available. All funds raised will go towards the Town Hall Restoration Fund – Stage 2 of the Town Hall Community Hub Project.

Settlement Strategy consultation

This week will be the last of the April drop-in sessions to discuss your ideas and provide input to Council’s Settlement Strategy.

Sessions will take place on Monday 23 April from 9am to 11am at Pyramid Hill Neighbourhood House and 12pm to 2pm at Boort BRIC.

On Thursday 26 April, sessions will be held from 9am to 11am at the Serpentine Council Chambers and 12pm to 2pm at Bridgewater Public Hall.

If you haven’t been able to attend any of the sessions this April you can still discuss your ideas with Council by contacting Carolyn Stephenson on 5494 1200 or email

You can find out more information about the Settlement Strategy via the contact number and email above, or visit, where you will also find documents related to the Settlement Strategy.

Written submissions for the Settlement Strategy will be open until Monday 14 May 2018.

Community Grants close 1 May

Applications to Council’s Community Grants program close on Tuesday 1 May.

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

The Community Grants program 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.

To find out more and for an application form, visit or call Council’s Community Support Team on 5494 1253.

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