Busy pe­riod for coun­cil

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil has re­leased statis­tics show­ing a busy three months for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The in­for­ma­tion in­cludes de­tails about cap­i­tal works pro­jects, plan­ning, eco­nomic growth and fund­ing.

Mayor Kevin Er­win said a coun­cil works pro­gram had been ex­ten­sive.

“We’ve had a lot of road grad­ing done, Stawell streetscap­e, Halls Gap works are un­der­way and there’s been plenty of fund­ing and elec­tion prom­ises made for pro­jects,” he said.

“A lot of hard work has been done both in the pub­lic eye and be­hind the scenes, and we should be able to see the fruits of this labour in the new year.”

&DSLWDO ZRUNV ¿QLVKHG EHWZHHQ -XO\ and Septem­ber in­cluded Woods, Daw­son and O’cal­laghan streets foot­paths in Stawell, a resheet of Band of Hope Road at Deep Lead and com­ple­tion of Cato Park light­ing in Stawell.

Cr Er­win said fund­ing high­lights in­cluded a $200,000 grant to up­grade trans­fer sta­tions in Stawell and St Ar­naud to be able to take on e-waste, a $200,000 up­grade to St Ar­naud civic precinct, and $100,000 to up­grade Great Western net­ball court.

The coun­cil is­sued 25 plan­ning per­mits val­ued at $3.6-mil­lion and re­ceived eight Busi­ness As­sis­tance Scheme ap­pli­ca­tions at a value of $49,000 – with 11 po­ten­tial jobs cre­ated and ex­pec­ta­tion of $6.2-mil­lion in new de­vel­op­ment.

The past quar­ter also showed a 24 per­cent rise in health and well­be­ing mem­ber­ships at Stawell Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre and the launch of play­groups in Stawell and St Ar­naud. It also fea­tured the launch of pub­lic in­ter­net Wi-fi for St Ar­naud.

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