Mayoral Column 26 February 2018

Published on 26 February 2018

Donaldson Park concept plans launched

I’d like to thank the Federal Member for Murray the Hon Damian Drum MP who visited Wedderburn on Tuesday 20 Feb to officially launch the concept plans for Donaldson Park.

Donaldson Park is a key focal point of community life in Wedderburn and is the home of the town’s football, netball, hockey and harness racing clubs.

The new purpose-built sporting and community complex will replace the facility’s three ageing pavilions. It includes social rooms (with seating for up to 150 people), new kitchen, meeting room, kiosk, bar, office, change rooms, and trainers’ and first aid room.

In addition to making the Shire a more attractive place to live and instilling community pride, the project will enable more community, sporting and regional functions to be held at the facility, encouraging greater community interaction.

The project is being led by the eight-member Donaldson Park Redevelopment Committee, which comprises representatives of the park committee, Council and user groups.

The community fundraising campaign has also been launched through the Australian Sports Foundation to help raise money towards the project. The foundation is a Federal Government body that raises money for Australian sport.

You can make a (tax deductible) donation to the Donaldson Park Redevelopment project through the Australian Sports Foundation at https://asf.org.au/projects/donaldson-park-reserve-committee-of-management.

2018 infant immunisation sessions

Council’s infant immunisation program for 2018 will start next month, with sessions to be held monthly from March through to December at Boort, Dingee, Inglewood, Pyramid Hill and Serpentine.

Upcoming sessions will be held on Thursday 8 March at 9.15am at Serpentine’s Loddon Shire Offices and at 11.15am at the Boort Senior Citizens Centre.  

The next sessions will be on Thursday 12 April at 9.30am at the Inglewood Maternal and Child Health Centre, 11.30am at the Dingee Bush Nursing Centre and 2.15pm at the Pyramid Hill Senior Citizens Centre.

Immunisation from an early age is highly recommended for all Australian children. Immunisation helps protect children from the most serious childhood infections, some of which may threaten their lives. There are also particular immunisation requirements a child needs to meet in order to go to childcare, kindergarten and school.

The VaxOnTime app, which has been developed by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, is a good way to help remind parents and carers when immunisations for your child are due.

Among the app’s features are reminder notifications, local immunisation provider search, information about local council immunisation sessions and ability to call and make an appointment.

To find out more about immunisations, visit www.loddon.vic.gov.au and go to “Services for our younger residents” from the “Live” dropdown box at the top of the page.

Workshops to boost state’s traceability system

From 31 March this year property-to-property movements of electronically tagged sheep and goats in Victoria must be recorded in the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) database by the person receiving the livestock.

Agriculture Victoria is conducting workshops around the state to help producers and livestock agents around this requirement.

Topics include understanding traceability and the need for an electronic identification system, property-to-property movement recording for producers, transferring of livestock to one property to another using the NLIS database and more.

Agriculture Victoria staff will also be on hand to assist producers with accessing or using their NLIS database account.

Visit https://agriculturevictoriaevents.eventbrite.com.au to find out more and register for a workshop. If you require any help with registering call (03) 5761 1647 or email eid.support@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Pyramid Hill Annual Reunion

Past and present residents of the Pyramid Hill district are encouraged not to miss the 40th anniversary of the Pyramid Hill Annual Reunion (incorporating the districts of Calivil, Dingee, Mincha, Mitiamo, Mologa, Prairie and Yarrawalla).

The reunion will be held on Sunday 4 March from 10am to 4pm at the McKinnon Pavilion at the Bendigo Showgrounds. It will be a great opportunity to catch up with friends and discover more about our region’s past.

Enjoy a sausage sizzle, share memorabilia and photos, and relive the memories of the district. The Pyramid Hill Historical society will also be in attendance with publications available to purchase. There is a small $5 registration fee to cover costs.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, call Glenda Morrison on 0427 301 464.