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Council budgets big on building

Major infrastructure projects are at the top of the agenda for Melton and Moorabool councils in their 2018-19 budgets. Melton council has committed nearly $80 million...

Melton’s sporting budget

Melton council is planning to spend nearly $80 million on infrastructure and sports projects, according to its 2018-2019 draft budget. The draft, which is out for...

Council’s shout for liquor views

Melton residents are being asked for their view on guidelines for alcohol service and consumption. Melton council adopted its alcohol and liquor policy framework in...

A peek at Melton’s past

Descendents of a pioneering Melton family helped open a time capsule last week in a celebration of 25 years of history. Members of the Pinkerton...

Tatchell takes the lead

  The next 12 months will be veteran councillor Paul Tatchell’s third, and possibly final, stint in the top job at Moorabool council. The central ward...

Learning about leaders

Pupils at Brookside P-9 College had the chance to ask questions and learn more about what it’s like to be mayor last week. Year 4...

Former mayor honoured

A former Melton mayor has been remembered by friends and family as a “kind, man’s man” who loved his community. James McElroy, 66, died on...

Council calls in lawyer

  Moorabool council has hired an independent lawyer to sit in on its meetings to review councillors’ performance. Experienced lawyer Terry Bramham, of Macquarie Local Government...

Melton mayor defends tea costs

Melton mayor Sophie Ramsey has defended spending $18,500 on a high tea to celebrate International Women’s Day, saying she “couldn’t care” about social media...

Cost of Melton democracy goes up

Councillors will cost Melton ratepayers more than $360,000 a year for the next four years after their numbers were increased from seven to nine...

Councils face rate crunch

Rate rises are set to be capped at two per cent in the next financial year, with Melton and Moorabool councils announcing they won’t...

Call to change rate cap appeals

The state government must streamline the rate cap variation process to reduce costs on the ratepayer, a parliamentary committee has recommended. The committee reported that...

Melton council has a light bulb moment

Melton council wants to improve street lighting around dark and desolate parks to boost public safety in the city. Cambridge ward councillor Kathy Majdlik asked...

New structure, new faces following council elections

Five fresh faces have been elected to Melton’s newly structured council. While four incumbents were re-elected for another four-year term, two councillors failed to make...

Melton council to investigate plastic ban

Melton council will investigate banning single-use plastics at council venues. Cambridge ward councillor Nola Dunn asked officers earlier this year to report on ways to...

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Devils can’t complain

Things are travelling along nicely for Darley in the Ballarat Netball League. Last season’s runners-up had some changes in the off season and have gone...