Central Goldfield Shire Council Chief Administrator Noel Harvey publishes a column in The Maryborough Advertiser every Tuesday. It's also available to view here every week:
Tuesday 14 August
Congratulations to the Maryborough and Dunolly libraries and outreach services staff who have recorded amazing results for the 2017/2018 financial year.
Some of the terrific results include:
Many residents may not realise but the Maryborough Regional Library is much more than just books.
Library membership is free and your card gives you access to over 150 different libraries and three million items via the SWIFT system, you can borrow DVDs, CDs, books, audio books, eBooks, eAudio books and even sport equipment and there is also a home service available to residents who are unable to visit the library.
In other news, filming for the Central Goldfields Shire – Go Goldfields Short Flix Festival wrapped up on the weekend and participants, along with Indimax Productions, will fully edit their films in two weeks’ time as part of the post production phase at Maryborough Education Centre.
Thank you to all of the community members who agreed to be part of the Short Flix films, I look forward to seeing you all, and the finished products, on the big screen at Maryborough Paramount Theatre on October 13 for the Premiere Screening.
Tuesday 7 August
I had the pleasure of launching two fantastic exhibitions at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery last Friday.
One of the displays, Oceanarium – Deep Sea Other World, takes place in a darkened Gallery and, while equipped with head torches, visitors can explore the ocean where they can discover all sorts of curious creatures that call the sea home.
Coinciding with Oceanarium, the other display, It Takes a Child to Grow a Village, is a wonderful interactive display that has involved direct input from the community.
This display was created by 173 children from the Shire’s kindergartens and children’s centres who worked closely with local artist Ann Ferguson to create their own little home out of clay.
Visitors to the Gallery can build their own little community by arranging the houses made by the young designers.
Since commencing at Central Goldfields Shire, my fellow administrators Karen Douglas, Hugh Delahunty and I have been invited to attend numerous events and meetings of many of our local community groups and organisations.
If you’re a member of a local group or organisation and you’d like to invite one of us to come along and attend your AGM or another special meeting, we’d love to hear from you - Noel Harvey: firstname.lastname@example.org Karen Douglas: email@example.com and Hugh Delahunty: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 31 July
One of the most popular exhibitions at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery in recent times has come to a close, with a staggering 1883 local, interstate and international visitors attending Wal Richards – Wedding Photographer.
Many locals still fondly remember Wal riding his bicycle around the Maryborough district and attending weddings to take photos of the happy couple and their families.
Wal did this for an impressive 50 years, from 1946 to 1996.
A big congratulations to all of those involved in making this display possible, particularly the Art Gallery and the Maryborough Midlands Historical Society who worked together in collaboration.
At last Tuesday’s Ordinary Meeting Council approved six locations for the Go Goldfields Story Seat project, which delivered eight unique sculpture seats that look like open books. Endorsed locations include Bealiba Primary School, Dunolly Arts Hub, Tren du Bourg Hall, Maryborough Resource Centre forecourt, Phillips Gardens and Maryborough Community House. Two seats designed by local young people will be located at the proposed Youth Hub once it is established.
This is an innovative community project that involved 120 locals who worked closely with lead artists in 60 workshops conducted in Bealiba, Dunolly and Maryborough.
With spring getting closer and closer, our 2018 Spring Fling program is being finalised. If you or your community group is hosting an event this October and wish to be included in the program, please notify our Events Manager Alisha Chadwick on 5461 0637 or by emailing Alishac@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au by 5pm on Friday 3 August.
Tuesday 24 July, 2018
Today is a very exciting day for our Shire and the eight residents who are being inducted as Australian citizens.
The Citizenship Ceremony is being hosted at 2.30pm today. I am proud that our new citizens have chosen our Shire to start their new chapter. I congratulate those receiving their citizenships. This is an incredibly special time in your new lives as Australian citizens.
This Sunday is the last time to see the Wal Richards – Wedding Photographer exhibition at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery.
Wal was a renowned unofficial wedding photographer who rode his bike to many, if not all, local weddings between 1946 and 1996.
This display has attracted 1200 local, interstate and international visitors which is so pleasing to see.
This is a truly remarkable exhibition and I encourage all residents to take the time to view it while they still have the chance.
A final reminder that the July Ordinary Meeting of Council is on tonight at 6pm in the Community Hub. Public question time is from 5.30pm and I encourage community members to attend if they can.
In light of recent events, if anyone is feeling the need to receive mental health assistance the Community Mental Health Service can be contacted on 5461 0400. The Youth Engage! Space is also available Monday to Thursday from 3 to 5pm where young people can have a cuppa or hot chocolate and have a chat.
Tuesday 17 July, 2018
We were delighted to announce the successful recipients of our 2017/2018 Community Grants Program at our June Council Meeting.
Following an application and assessment process, $20,000 in funding will be distributed to 13 groups and organisations from across the Shire.
The grants provide a valuable source of funding that enables groups and organisations to continue to deliver valuable work for our local community.
Congratulations to our team at the Maryborough Regional Library for their work in raising money and awareness for The Pyjama Foundation.
They’ll spend the day in their pyjamas this Friday 20 July to support National Pyjama Day which was created to support the dreams of children living in foster care.
Through our Go Goldfields work we know we have a large number of children living in out of home care and the wonderful staff at the Library would like to assist to make this less of a trauma.
Money raised will mean the Foundation can offer learning skills to more than 1000 children, fund educational resources and help provide stable, positive relationships.
To make a donation visit: https://bit.ly/2twXVBn or visit IGA Maryborough (donation boxes are available at each of the cash registers).
For more information about The Pyjama Foundation visit: https://thepyjamafoundation.com/
Tuesday 10 July, 2018
Last week I had the chance to visit the Maryborough Education Centre to see the Short Flix Festival participants in action.
The 12 participants, aged between 13 and 20 years, were in the midst of a three-day intensive workshop with professional filmmakers Indimax Productions.
They were only a day and half in and already were well versed in essential filmmaking practices such a scriptwriting, editing, camera operation and directing.
It was fantastic to see them so engaged and so excited to be involved in this once in a lifetime opportunity – with no cost involved. The Short Flix Festival is fully funded by, and a joint initiative between Go Goldfields and the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
Over the coming weeks they’ll participate in additional workshops before shooting their own short film in August. The Festival will culminate with the final films to feature at the Short Flix Premiere Screening event at the Maryborough Paramount Theatre on Saturday 13 October.
I can’t wait to see the final product and I encourage everyone to mark the date on their calendar – keep an eye out for more information closer to the date.
Lastly I wanted to mention our Priority Projects Plan that was endorsed at a Meeting of Council late last month.
This is an integral piece of work for us moving forward as we continue to advocate to State and Federal governments for funding that will benefit our community. We’ve committed funds for each and completed initial works of the seven projects identified - all we need now is the gap funding that will make these projects a reality.
You can find out more and read the Priority Projects Plan by visiting www.centralgoldfields.com.au
Tuesday 3 July, 2018
At last Tuesday’s Ordinary Meeting of Council, the 2018-2019 Budget was adopted.
Six submissions were received after an exhibition period of 28 days.
The submissions requested clarification on areas including funding for footpaths, recreational reserve fees and charges, flood mitigation works and waste charges. No changes were required to be made to the Budget as a results of the submissions.
A refreshed version of the Council Plan 2017-2021 is now on public display for a period of 28 days and community members are invited to provide feedback.
The Council Plan sets out the strategic direction of Council and guides our work by setting our priorities and actions towards achieving our vision and transparently outlines how it will be achieved.
Copies of the draft plan are available at the Shire Offices, 48 Nolan Street or at www.centralgoldfields.com.au.
At last week’s Ordinary Meeting of Council, it was resolved to establish a Carisbrook Flood and Drainage Management Plan implementation community reference group. Expressions of Interest are now open to fill five community positions on this group.
This new group will work closely with our staff to effectively communicate with the wider Carisbrook community as council delivers the remaining flood management infrastructure and develops ongoing management practices to help control future flood events.
To submit an EOI, email email@example.com with Carisbrook Flood and Drainage Management Plan Community Reference Group in the subject line. EOI’s close at 5pm on Friday 20 July.
Tuesday 26 June, 2018
I want to address my column this week to all men in the Central Goldfields Shire. If you are a woman reading this please make sure you encourage the men in your life, young and old, to read it.
In the light of recent tragic events here and in Melbourne we need to acknowledge that all men (including myself) have a responsibility towards women in our community. As a boy I was taught that I had to take responsibility for my actions and over the years I have come to understand that I also have a responsibility to respond to the actions of other men.
It’s time for us to take collective responsibility for our tolerance of violence, aggression, abuse and sexism towards women. Our silence in the face of these actions makes us complicit.
While only a small minority of men actually perpetrate violence against women, many men are often silent in the face of violence, sexual assault or attitudes which excuse or minimise these behaviours. To prevent violence against women and their children, we have to challenge the beliefs and behaviours that excuse or justify violence and inequality.
While I recognise that men are also victims of violence, and that women can sometimes perpetrate violence, the simple fact is that the vast majority of perpetrators in our community are men.
It seems to me that if we want to help end violence against women, we men need to start by looking at our own attitudes and behaviours towards women and men. Do you treat men and women differently? Do you expect them to act differently? If so, ask yourself why.
From personal experience I know it can be hard to challenge behaviours and attitudes that have an impact on violence, especially when you’re surrounded by mates or colleagues who don’t speak up, but it is important to take a stand.
If someone makes a sexist joke or taunts a woman in the street, say something. You’re probably not the only one who thinks it’s wrong. If you hear someone blaming a victim of sexual assault by asking: “What was she wearing?” or “Was she drunk?” call it out, tell them that those kinds of attitudes contribute to a society that excuses violence against women.
Remember the ONLY person responsible for violence against women is the perpetrator.
I want to acknowledge the extraordinary work undertaken by Go Goldfields Family Violence Action Group in leading the work together and in particular Maryborough Rotary Club in raising awareness of these issues in our community, and remember, If you are in crisis or feeling unsafe, please contact the police on 000 or Safe Steps, 24 hour response on 1800 015 188.
The Centre for Non-Violence also provides family violence services in the shire and can be contacted during business hours on 1800 884 292.