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THE next Kyabram Deakin Residents, Ratepayers and Development Group (KDRRADG) gathering will be the annual general meeting on Wednesday, September 19, at 7.30pm at the Senior Citizens’ Club rooms in Lake Road. Members of the public are most welcome. Campaspe Shire Councillors have been invited to attend.
The following items of business were dealt with at the July meeting:
■ The Kyabram Water Tower Art Project has been subject to a feasibility study and we are working through the process with the Shire of Campaspe and G.V Water.
■ The IGA entry/exit issue is still with the IGA head office, even though simple signage for entrance/exit points would probably resolve the issue. Follow-up has not produced any interest from IGA, Campaspe Shire or VicRoads.
■ The Kyabram walking track completion at the Lake Road end from the Tennis Club to the Fauna Park has been a concern for several years to local residents (many of whom are senior citizens who find unpaved paths difficult with walkers). A petition of 30 signatures for the path completion (recorded in Council minutes 23 June, 2015) produced no action. On 17 June 2017, Council decided not to include this item in its capital works list. KDRRADG has now been informed that a request could be made to include it in the 2018/19 or 2019/20 list – should capital become available. KDRRADG will be making a request.
■ Correspondence regarding the roundabout at the Allan/Saunders Streets/Dawes Road intersection has been sent to Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria.
■ The Northern Oval is considered completed, but reports indicate a serious safety issue for children running onto roads to retrieve balls. There is no fencing along Albion Street, and no high netting to retain balls kicked through the goal posts adjoining Tisdall Road. A letter about this concern has been sent to the Shire.
■ The Campaspe Shire was alerted to the state of the Credit Union Walkway and the deterioration of the artwork on the walls there. The Shire replied that the walkway is cleaned weekly by blower (twice-weekly in autumn), and given a full pressure wash in December. The building walls and the murals on them are not the property of the Shire and it is therefore not responsible for cleaning and maintaining them. However, the Council suggests that their community grants program is available to relevant groups to facilitate cleaning and maintenance. (Applications close 21 September, 2018.)
■ Tourism opportunities were discussed: art work around the town, Kyabram history in metalwork, later hours for the Bush Market for those who work out of town, greater emphasis on local product, etc. A letter was sent to the Kyabram Chamber of Commerce with further suggestions and some queries.
■ Cr Zobec was to investigate the lack of a school bus shelter at the corner of Lancaster and Dunbar Roads, Lancaster.
KDRRADG thanks the Shire of Campaspe and the Kyabram Chamber of Commerce for their replies to our letters, and further, to the Chamber for allowing KDRRADG to have an information stall at this year’s Bush Market.
Finally, KDRRADG once again encourages local people to enjoy the cultural experiences at the Kyabram Town Hall (open 10am-4pm daily except Sunday). Current exhibitions are: Wonders of Winter – furs, coats, hats and vintage winter clothing from Isobel Harvie’s extensive garment collection. Trilogy – paintings and photography by Marilyn Danielli, Rob Burns and Cam Thomson. Vessel – Form/ Function/Muse/Metaphor, art works from the Splinter Group, 16 local contemporary artists. Dyeing to Stitch – by the local textile artists’ group, Fibre and Thread.
Coming in October: Quilt Show by Linden Lancaster, an artist from the Barmah Forest area.