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Consultation - Have Your Say

Council values your comments towards its plans and projects for the future.

What do you value about the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens?

Council is seeking community input to help shape the management and conservation of the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.

We are developing a Conservation Management Plan with recommendations and an action plan to protect significant natural and cultural features at the gardens. As a first step we would like to hear from you about what you love about Castlemaine Botanical Gardens and what you consider important for managing the gardens in the future.

The online survey will take about 5-10 minutes and will close at midnight on Friday 12 November. Hard copies are also available at the Civic Centre and library in Castlemaine. For more information, contact Customer Service on 5471 1700.

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens User Survey.

Have a say on the future of shire recreation facilities

Council is developing a Recreation Services and Infrastructure Plan and would like to hear your thoughts on how we can help to provide facilities and services that promote physical activity in the shire. Have your say on how we can improve our recreation reserves, parks, gardens, tracks and trails to suit your needs.

The online survey will take between five and ten minutes and will close at midnight on Friday 24 November 2017. Hard copies are also available at the Civic Centre, Castlemaine Library and community centres. For more information, contact Customer Service on 5471 1700.

Complete the recreation facilities survey.

Castlemaine Streetscape Plan

Council is working on a project to improve the town centre in Castlemaine to create a more attractive, vibrant and accessible town centre while preserving its heritage character.

Following community consultation we have worked with consultants to develop a draft a Castlemaine Streetscape Plan. This includes a summary of what people love and areas for improvement. These findings have been used to develop a concept plan for the main streets in the town centre and a set of proposed design standards for things like paving, lighting and street furniture.

A key recommendation is the plan is a proposed update to Frederick Street to better link the busy Mostyn Street shopping strip to other cultural and civic activities in Lyttleton Street.

How to provide feedback

Written submissions, entitled Castlemaine Streetscape Plan, can be submitted by:

Email: info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au
Post: Mount Alexander Shire, PO Box 185, Castlemaine Vic 3450
In person: Civic Centre, Corner Lyttleton Street and Lloyd Street, Castlemaine.

Written submissions will be accepted until 5.00pm, Friday 10 November 2017.

For more information contact Stewart Campbell, Coordinator Parks and Gardens on 5471 1700 or s.campbell@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Draft Castlemaine Streetscape Plan (PDF, 6MB)

Proposed lease of Council property - 35 Etty Street Castlemaine

Council is proposing to lease the former Castlemaine Secondary College campus at 35 Etty Street Castlemaine from the Department of Education and Training. Council will then sublease the site to Workspace Australia.

Workspace Australia currently operate out of the old Castlemaine Hospital in Halford Street Castlemaine. Their current lease expires in November 2018, and the former Castlemaine Secondary College site is the most suitable site identified. Leasing of the site will enable Workspace to continue to provide vital support to local businesses as they start up, and space for community groups.

Council’s involvement will ensure the site is leased from the State Government at a peppercorn rental, and that there is a local community benefit.

The head lease will be for five years. Castlemaine Secondary College is still using a number of the buildings to run classes. Some of these classes are expected to relocate to the Blakely Road site as further investment in that site occurs and new buildings are built. As these buildings are no longer required by Castlemaine Secondary College, the lease allows for these to be included and transferred to Workspace Australia.

The lease to Workspace Australia will be for five years with an annual rental of $120 per year. The permitted use will be office space, educational, community and commercial activities. All obligations from the head lease (between Council and the Department of Education and Training) to will be passed on to Workspace Australia through the sublease.

Council is seeking written comment on the proposal to lease these premises. Submissions will be considered in accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989. Submissions should indicate whether the person or a person acting on their behalf wishes to be heard before Council.

Written submissions will be accepted until 5.00pm on Monday 20 November 2017.

Submitters who wish to speak in support of their submission will be heard at a Special Meeting of Council to be held on Tuesday 28 November 2017, commencing at 6.00pm at the Civic Centre.

Submissions should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450, or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

To discuss the proposed lease contact Daniel Borton, Property Portfolio Coordinator, on 5471 1700.

Read the media release on Council's proposal to lease the former college.

Early Years Survey - recently closed

We are developing a Municipal Early Years Plan and recently held a survey to determine how to best develop and co-ordinate our early years services, programs and partnership activities.

The survey how now closed. For more information about this project contact Gaynor Atkin on 5471 1821 or email g.atkin@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Proposed relinquishment of Crown Land Management - recently closed

Council is going through the process of reviewing of Crown Land managed by Council. A number of these parcels of land is no longer used by Council, and considered surplus. Council intends to return these surplus parcels of land to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). DELWP is the default land manager for public land. As this is Crown Land, Council cannot sell this land, nor can Council use the land for a purpose other than which it is reserved for.

Guildford Gravel Reserves
Council has nine gravel reserves on Crown Land. Four of these in the Guildford area are considered surplus. Council has not extracted gravel from these reserves in over 20 years. Council now obtains all gravel from our large gravel reserve at Tarilta.

Campbells Creek – Creek Improvement Reserve
This section of creek downstream of National School Lane was reserved to Council for creek improvement works in December 1874. DELWP manages Campbells Creek to the north and south of this reservation. Transferring management of this land to DELWP will ensure consistent management of this section of waterway.

Elphinstone Gravel Reserve (Taradale)
This is a former gravel reserve used by the Shire of Metcalfe on Old Drummond Road Taradale. It is unknown when Council ceased using this as a gravel reserve.

Have your say
Council is seeking public feedback on the relinquishment of management of the reserves. Written submissions should be made by 5.00pm on Friday 13 October 2017.

Address submissions to the Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450, or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Contact Daniel Borton, Property Portfolio Coordinator, on 5471 1700 to discuss this further.

Key documents
Proposed relinquishment of Crown Land Management - with maps.

Review flood levee designs for Castlemaine and Campbells Creek

The final designs of the six flood protection levees planned around Castlemaine and Campbells Creek are now complete.

Read about the 10 recommendations in the Flood Management Plan brochure.
Read the full Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton Flood Management Plan 2015.

View the final designs of the flood protection levees below:
Cover Sheet
Gingell Street
Castlemaine Central Cabin and Van Park
Elizabeth Street
Campbells Creek
National School Lane

For more information contact Marcus Goonan, Team Leader Engineering, on 5471 1776.

Proposed Supermarket in Castlemaine - Amendment C073 & Planning Permit PA072/2013

This planning scheme amendment and associated planning permit relates to the proposed development of a supermarket in Castlemaine. To learn more, visit the Planning Scheme Amendment C073 webpage.

General feedback

Council is interested in gaining your feedback to help provide better services to you. Please complete the form below to provide your comments or feedback.

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