Benalla Ensign : 2018-12-05

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PAGE 2—‘Benalla Ensign’, Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Mayor’s Message Benalla Art Gallery As 2018 draws to a close, I’ll take the opportunity on behalf of the Council to wish everyone a bright and merry Christmas and a happy New Year. It is during this time that we reflect on what is important to us. It’s the time to celebrate family, friends and community. This community spirit will stand us in good stead for another great year ahead. holidays. Whether you are travelling or staying close to home, please stay safe and look out for one another. The spirit of community is what makes our town shine bright all year round. I’d like to say a special thank you to those who give their time at Christmas and throughout the year to helping others. I hope you all have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends over the festive season and to enjoy the Mayor, Cr Scott Upston Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Learning Centre Disability and Seniors Expo HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR NEWS? Council News is now in its 21st edition. Thank you for your positive feedback about it. From time to time we like to check on your preferred method of receiving information and updates from us. ensure the community understood the range of services available. More than 100 people attended the Disability and Seniors Expo held at Benalla Town Hall on Wednesday 28 November 2018. There were almost 40 activity and service providers on show including Benalla Health, Victoria Police, Benalla Aquatic Centre, Yooralla, Dementia Australia, Hearing Australia, Vision Australia and employment providers. Council News (delivered to you) “As a vision impaired person, it was great to learn about what activities and services are available to me and to others in the community,” said Mr Horan. Community Connect (in the Benalla Ensign) More than 20 people had their hearing checked for free and received advice on existing hearing aid issues as part of the Australian Hearing exhibition. Social media BPACC / Benalla Cinema The expo was held in partnership with the Benalla Accessibility Reference Group, Age Friendly Benalla and VALiD (Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability). Member of the Benalla Accessibility Reference Group, David Horan, said the Expo was important to You can give your feedback to the Customer Service Centre in person, by emailing [email protected] or by calling 03 5760 2600. The Accessibility Reference Group is made up of community members with a lived experience with disability and advise the Council and businesses on matters of accessibility and inclusion. Council Meetings Children’s Week competition winners Children across Benalla Rural City participated in a creative competition in celebration of Children’s Week. The competition, held by the Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Training, encouraged children aged 4-12 to portray what family means to them. We received 320 entries. Winners were awarded a range of prizes including art packs and BPACC vouchers. Agendas are available at the Customer Service Centre or Planning and Development Committee 5 December 2018 Finance and Operations Committee 12 December 2018 Council Meeting 19 December 2018 Planning and Development Committee 30 January 2019 Competition winnners (left to right): John-James Chalmers, aged 6 years. Tobey Large, aged 9 years. Teliha Yates, aged 10 years. BENALLA ART GALLERY Tel 03 5760 2600 | Fax 03 5762 5537 | Email [email protected] Mail PO Box 227, Benalla VIC 3671 | Customer Service Centre 1 Bridge St East, Benalla VIC 3671 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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