29 January 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2021! Councillors and staff have been very busy since the New Year break. If you have content you'd like to promote in Council's newsletter, please email Katherine Colbert on

Stay up to date with information regarding Total Fire Ban Days and Fire Danger Ratings from the Country Fire Authority this holiday season at
Council invites you to a community engagement session in your town to hear your ideas about how we can work together to make our shire the best it can be. This process will help form the development of the Council Plan (2021 - 2024). 

The 2021 - 2024 Council Plan will include:

  • A community vision for the next 10 years: in 2031, what does your town look like, who lives here, what services and infrastructure are needed?
  • A strategic plan to work towards for the next 4 years: What can we do by 2024 to achieve these community goals?
  • A financially stable budget plan for the next 10 years: How do we best use Council funds to achieve these goals? What grants and alternative funding opportunities are required?
  • An Asset Management Plan: We need to plan for maintenance as well as new projects. How do we balance this over time?
In addition to the community engagement sessions, Council has prepared a quick survey for residents to complete. The survey provides Council with demographic information that will be used to inform decisions based on community services, infrastructure and the needs of each community going forward. The survey, along with a reply paid envelope has been included with this letter. The survey is also available here.

If you can not attend these sessions, please contact Council at or (03) 5398 0100 for Zoom details to attend your community session remotely or to arrange a 1:1 meeting with staff.

For more information about the Community Engagement Sessions contact Gavin Blinman, Director Community Development and Wellbeing on 5398 0131 or email

Complete Community Survey
2021 Yarriambiack Young Citizen of the Year Lachie Stewart of Warracknbeal. Pictured with Deputy Mayor Kylie Zanker on Australia Day.
2021 Yarriambiack Citizen of the Year Michael Woods of Rupanyup with Mayor Graeme Massey on Australia Day.
Current Procurement Opportunities
Visit Council’s website at for more details about the projects.

Upcoming Procurement Opportunities
Council has some incredible projects in the pipeline for 2021, and will have the following tenders available in the near future.
C277-2021 – Supply of Meals on Wheels/Centre Based Meals
Q137-2021 – Fire Prevention - Hazard Removal

If your business is interested in obtaining further information in relation to any of these projects, you will need to be registered with Council’s e-procurement portal eProcure, to ensure you receive an email alert of the advertised tender.
If you’re not already registered with eProcure, registration is free and relatively easy – the link to Council’s our e-procurement portal is
Rates due 15 February (paid in full) and 28 February (third installment)
Rates can either be paid in full by 15th February each year or by 4 quarterly installments – 30th September, 30th November, 28th February, and 31st May.

Payment can be made at the Warracknabeal and Hopetoun Offices, at any Australia Post Office, via Australia POSTbillpay or by BPAY. 
Find out more here. 

Have you got your Yarriambiack Library Membership?

Membership cards are available from the Warracknabeal Library and the Words on Wheels Van. You can email for further information or call 03 5398 1270. There are many resources available including books, audio books, dvd's, magazines and newspapers.

New books have been ordered and are distributed amongst the Yarriambiack Library Outlets including the Murtoa Neighbourhood House, Rupanyup Former Shire Building, Minyip - next to Emma's Cafe, Beulah Business Centre, Hopetoun Gateway BEET, Woomelang Bush Nursing Centre and the Patchewollock General Store. Library Lockers are available in Lascelles, Speed and Yaapeet. Contact Justin to arrange a locker key on 0429 941 083. 

Yarriambiack Shire Council is funding 6 participants through the White Card Course being held in Longerenong on Friday 19th February.  This is a fantastic opportunity for any young person between 16 – 25 years old who is looking at a career in construction.
To find out more about the course, please contact Justin Knorpp, Yarriambiack Council’s Youth Impact Officer on 0429941083.
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