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Media releases

February 2016

February 9, 2016: Council secures $30,000 grant to support Colac’s vulnerable and disadvantaged youth

February 9, 2016: New Apollo Bay Harbour toilets to be installed

January 2016

January 26, 2016: Denise Hooke is Colac Otway Shire's Australia Day Citizen of the Year

January 25, 2016: Council to introduce fast track planning service to speed up planning permit processing times

January 22, 2016: Council outlines plan for a more agile and responsive planning department

January 21, 2016: Council approves rates relief package for Wye River and Separation Creek

January 19, 2016: Council Council monitoring fairy grass on Lake Colac

January 18, 2016: Public information sessions for Barongarook Creek restoration

January 18, 2016: Colac Otway welcomes State funding for Wye River and Separation Creek

January 15, 2016: Council to consider waiving rates for bushfire affected property owners

January 15, 2016: Bushfire recovery meeting to take place in Melbourne

January 13, 2016: Australia Day Ambassador shares experiences from Red Cross frontline

December 2015

December 31, 2015: Council closes Apollo Bay pool while Emergency Relief Centre operates

December 30, 2015: Colac Otway thanks State Government for its support following Christmas Day fires

December 17, 2015: Community is step closer to retaining a portion of the Colac High School site

December 17, 2015: Beeac's Neighbourhood Safer Place relocates from tennis courts to park

December 17, 2015: Colac Library Annexe to close in July 2016

November 2015

November 19, 2015: Colac Otway Shire Council gives Coles supermarket development the green light

November 19, 2015: New restaurant featuring chocolate production in Forrest gets Council support

November 19, 2015: Cr Frank Buchanan re-elected as Mayor of Colac Otway Shire Council

November 10, 2015: Council keen to bring the Geelong Falcons to the Central Reserve

November 10, 2015: Community invited to take part in the Youth Without a Roof sleepout

November 3, 2015: Thirteen trees to be trimmed in Memorial Square

October 2015

October 27, 2015: Property owners urged to act as Fire Danger Period is brought forward

October 22, 2015: Bluewater aquatics area to open its doors on 30 October

October 15, 2015: Rain garden beds to be installed in Colac’s CBD to filter stormwater

October 9, 2015: Pirron Yallock Recreation Reserve redeveloped clubrooms officially open

October 1, 2015: Council encourages students to get involved in Walk to School month activities

October 1, 2015: Council Rock Across the Ages Variety Show

September 2015

September 30, 2015: Rock Across the Ages Variety Show

September 30, 2015: Tickets for Seniors Festival events selling fast

September 30, 2015: Tickets for Seniors Festival events selling fast

September 25, 2015: New policy for Colac Regional Saleyards

September 25, 2015: Three sports projects put forward for State Government funding

September 25, 2015: Community given extra six weeks to comment on future of Colac Library Annexe

September 24, 2015: Council will carry out post-project review of Bluewater redevelopment

September 24, 2015: Council will push Central Reserve project despite receiving State Government knockback

September 18, 2015: Council to consider a recommendation to close the Colac Library Annexe next year

September 15, 2015: Updated fact sheet regarding sand and dredging at the Apollo Bay Harbour

September 11, 2015: Colac Secondary College student takes out Council’s 2015 Young Ambassador Award

September 9, 2015: Expo aims to help seniors stay active and agile

September 8, 2015: Six students vie for Colac Otway Shire's 2015 Young Ambassador Award

September 3, 2015: Ongoing issues with Bluewater stadium floor

August 2015

August 31, 2015: Council expands Australia Day award criteria to be more inclusive

August 28, 2015: Council allocates funds to maximise matching funding opportunities

August 28, 2015: Mark Lyons appointed to GM Corporate Services role

August 28, 2015: Lake Beeac walking track plans to go on public exhibition

August 27, 2015: Council calls for rate capping model to consider rural Victoria

August 27, 2015: Council donates land for fire refuge in Lavers Hill

August 21, 2015: Council considers giving land to CFA for Lavers Hill fire refuge

August 20, 2015: Murray Street garden beds improvement work starts early next week

August 18, 2015: Council farewells retiring volunteer Ria Oude-Meilink

August 12, 2015: Council farewells two long serving school crossing supervisors

August 11, 2015: Colac Otway to present at coal seam gas Parliamentary Inquiry at Torquay

August 05, 2015: Lake Colac Foreshore Project sets new vision for public spaces

July 2015

July 31, 2015: Cattle prices in Colac set local and state records

July 30, 2015: Council calls on community to take part in development of commercial and industrial land use strategy

July 29, 2015: Council calls for community comment on Coles supermarket proposal

July 24, 2015: Council releases Domestic Wastewater Management Plan for public exhibition

July 23, 2015: Council endorses new masterplan for Cororooke open space

July 23, 2015: Bluewater unveils its new brand - chosen by the community

July 23, 2015: Staged opening of Bluewater starts 17 August

July 22, 2015: Council commences review of planning services

July 17, 2015: Domestic Wastewater Management Plan to be considered at July meeting

July 9, 2015: Positive ageing photographic competition opens

July 9, 2015: Recruitment for Bluewater lifeguards starts

July 1, 2015: Council starts work on plan to grow city’s population to 20,000 by 2050

June 2015

June 30, 2015: Council adopts Strategic Road Review

June 26, 2015: Eight community projects to receive Small Town Improvement Program funding

June 26, 2015: Council adopts 50+ Plan and Access, Equity and Inclusion Plan

June 25, 2015: 2015 Community groups share in $145,000 in Council grants

June 25, 2015: 2015 Festivals and events share in $75,000 of Council funding

June 19, 2015: 2015 community satisfaction survey shows improvement

June 17, 2015: Positive Ageing Ambassadors plan musical performance

June 17, 2015: Council provides traffic management training to community groups and service clubs

June 12, 2015: Council starts consultation for new Economic Development and Tourism Strategy

June 4, 2015: Asbestos found in small area on Lake Corangamite foreshore

June 1, 2015: Colac Otway scoops MAV annual reporting awards

May 2015

May 28, 2015: Council endorses G21 and AFL Barwon Regional Strategy

May 28, 2015: Council reiterates its strong stance against coal seam gas fracking

May 28, 2015: Birregurra to host Australia Day 2016

May 26, 2015: Youth Councillors plant trees for koalas

May 21, 2015: Colac Otway takes country fuel price issue to state meeting

May 21, 2015: Council successfully lobbies on noxious weeds

May 21, 2015: Memorial Square's Lone Pine has a new protective fence

May 19, 2015: New green bins being delivered in June

May 18, 2015: Council's service snapshot showcases services

May 14, 2015: Successful local businesses to share their secrets

May 14, 2015: Bluewater pool re-surfacing work to begins following repair of minor leaks

May 14, 2015: Council starts work on Wilson Street pedestrian footbridge

May 13, 2015: Pet registrations are overdue

May 12, 2015: Colac Otway's customer assist team ranked second best in country

May 8, 2015: New bike lanes for Colac and Apollo Bay

May 7, 2015: Bluewater sports floor one-third installed

April 2015

April 27, 2015: Council seeks comment on draft Access, Equity and Inclusion Plan

April 24, 2015: Draft Cororooke Open Space Master Plan on public display

April 24, 2015: Council seeks community comment on 'The 50+ Plan' draft

April 17, 2015: Organisational restructure will make Council more responsive to community needs

April 17, 2015: Proposed rate rise in 2015-16 budget lowest in a decade

April 15, 2015: Cliff Young Cup returning to the Colac Otway Shire

April 15, 2015: Colac Otway Youth Council has big plans for 2015

April 14, 2015: Council commences consultation with library annexe users

April 9, 2015: Central Reserve oval over-sown with rye

April 2, 2015: COPACC launches Young Theatre Lovers' Club

April 2, 2015: Community vote will determine future Bluewater logo

April 1, 2015: Mayor is pleased to present ANZAC Centenary Calendar of Events

March 2015

March 30, 2015: Funding for Cororooke to Coragulac pathway

March 26, 2015: Contract awarded for Sand Bridge Road rehabilitation

March 26, 2015: Forrest Mountain Bike Trails Strategic Plan adopted

March 26, 2015: Planning scheme amendment for Apollo Bay Harbour reaches final stages

March 26, 2015: Community members to be part of Central Reserve project reference group

March 26, 2015: Council to continue managing Harrington Memorial Park, Wye River

March 26, 2015: Solar panel installation on Council buildings delivers $30,000 annual savings

March 24, 2015: Old Beechy Rail Trail enhancement project official opening

March 20, 2015: Conditional planning approval for Forrest development proposal

March 10, 2015: Community meeting to discuss Cororooke s new open space draft plan

March 6, 2015: Expressions Small business support heading to Apollo Bay

March 6, 2015: Expressions of interest to host 2016 Australia Day celebrations now open

March 5, 2015: Major road work for Colac's Richmond Street


February 27, 2015: New start time for monthly store sales at Colac Regional Saleyards

February 26, 2015: Review of Colac Otway Planning Scheme identifies opportunities for streamlining

February 26, 2015: Council funding opportunities open soon

February 26, 2015: Dumped syringes prompt warning from Council

February 18, 2015: Nine groups share in ANZAC commemoration funding

February 14, 2015: Council seeks public comment on G21 Regional Tennis Strategy

February 12, 2015: Council working with businesses on multi-million dollar investments

February 5, 2015: Reminder about the danger of picking blackberries from roadsides

February 5, 2015: Reminder Council works with timber companies to minimise dust on Amiets Road


January 29, 2015: Landowners thanked for reducing bushfire risk on properties

January 26, 2015: Denise Green is Colac Otway’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year

January 23, 2015: Sentinelle project an ode to the creativity of women

January 22, 2015: Eleven new citizens to call Australia home

January 19, 2015: ArtsAtlas provides free online resource for creatives

January 9, 2015: Sam Lane is Colac Otway's Australia Day ambassador


December 18, 2014: Neighbourhood Safer Places declared at Beeac, Birregurra and Gellibrand

December 17, 2014: Council refuses application for Mooleric Road quarry

December 11, 2014: Solution reached on Bluewater sub-floor

December 5, 2014: ANZAC centenary grants open today

December 3, 2014: COPPAC Morning Music Line-up for 2015 released

December 3, 2014: VicRoads responsible for future bypass planning

December 3, 2014: COPPAC's family fun season announced in time for christmas

December 1, 2014: Council clarifies its position on Birregurra Small Town Improvement Program funding


November 28, 2014: Small Business Bus returns to Colac

November 28, 2014: Apollo Bay’s playground to be finished by Christmas

November 28, 2014: Council takes action on unsafe decks and balconies

November 27, 2014: Council works closely with VicRoads on Princes Highway duplication

November 27, 2014: Door open to negotiations on Colac High School site

November 13, 2014: Liberal election promise received for Central Reserve redevelopment

November 7, 2014: Council welcomes funds for Wilson Street bridge

November 4, 2014: Community information session to discuss Birregurra quarry proposalretirement


OCTOBER 31, 2014: Succession planning forum takes stress out of retirement

October 29, 2014: Free workshop to help businesses grow social media presence

October 22, 2014: Birregurra and Cororooke share in STIP funding

October 22, 2014: Council accelerates AKD’s kiln redevelopment application

October 22, 2014: Council listens to community on Elliminyt development plans

October 22, 2014: Apollo Bay Harbour Masterplan moves to final stages of consultation

October 28, 2014: Private E.E.Taylor tribute to resume rightful place in Eurack Avenue of Honour

October 9, 2014: Residents urged to prepare for fire season

October 9, 2014: Home detox time

October 9, 2014: Celebrating local families with calendar competition

October 6, 2014: Age friendly seating installed on Murray Street

October 2, 2014: Planning Scheme Amendment C76 for Birregurra has been approved

October 2, 2014: Conversation starters about to set sail in the Shire

October 1, 2014: Council welcomes Roads to Recovery Funding


September 30, 2014: Safety program set to reduce risk at Memorial Square

September 29, 2014: All-terrain Wheelchair for Apollo Bay

September 22, 2014: Matthew Cartwright announced 2014 Young Ambassador

September 16, 2014: Hook, snap and post a carp selfie to win great prizes!

September 16, 2014: Dancing, storytelling and barefoot bubble play at COPACC

September 16, 2014: AFL Victoria throws its support behind Central Reserve redevelopment

September 15, 2014: Young Ambassador Award nominees announced

September 10, 2014: Shire declared a refugee friendly region

September 9, 2014: Walk to school program picks up pace

September 9, 2014: New Apollo Bay dredge named

September 8, 2014: Bluewater steel work goes up

September 8, 2014: Wastewater plan provides a localised planning approach

September 8, 2014: Council puts its stamp on CBD upgrade

September 2, 2014: Nominations open for Australia Day 2015

September 1, 2014: Media response to The Colac Herald regarding the Memorial Square playground


August 28, 2014: Regional road groups established in G21 and Great South Coast regions

August 28, 2014: Council endorses G21 Public Transport Strategy

August 25, 2014: Change of rubbish collection day for 120 customers

August 21, 2014: New look events calendar celebrates local colour

August 14: Bluewater revamp making progress

August 13:Council welcomes state funding for 2050 plans

August 11: Circa’s acrobatics provide heart-stopping moments

August 8: City bus wears Colac brand with pride

August 5: Apollo Bay Harbour amendment to be re-exhibited

August 1: New name released to launch saleyard roof

JULY 2014

July 28: Service to commemorate Andrew Fisher's famous WWI speech in Colac

July 23: Students pitch in for national tree planting

July 23: Smart lighting lights up Colac Otway and the Great South Coast

July 18: Colac lake foreshore toilets closed for upgrade

July 10: Beech Forest's sculptures complete

July 10: Elliminyt subdivision given the green light

July 4: Colac Otway’s annual report attracts accolades

July 3: Public parking not allowed in Johnson’s Lane

July 1: NEWS BRIEFS: Bushfire Planning project deferred - Amendment C74 to review Apollo Bay Boundaries - Heritage assets

JUNE 2014

June 26: Festival and Events funding announcement

June 26: Gellibrand and Forrest the big winners in this year's STIP funding

June 26: Council adopts budget with rating category changes

June 26: Shire to become a ‘refugee welcome zone’

June 26: Community Funding program spreads $140,000 to community groups

June 26: Colac Otway appoints Sue Wilkinson to CEO role

June 23: Engineered hardwood flooring system chosen for Bluewater stadium

June 20: Competition launched to name Apollo Bay's new dredge

June 18: Youth councillors plant habitat trees for Bimbi Park koalas

June 12: COPACC celebrates national award nomination

June 12: Council looks at feasibility of extending Tiger Rail Trail

June 5: Asylum seeker notice of motion wins state supportt

June 5: Jack Green announces retirement

MAY 2014

May 30: News briefs post May council meeting

May 29: Increased activity vital - Council

May 27: Visual merchandising development for retail store owners

May 21: Replacement of stadium sub-floor required for Bluewater

May 21 - Staff encouraged to get active on ‘walk to school day’

May 16 - Beech Forest horizon resculpted

May 15 - Million dollar freezer facility approved for Colac abattoir

May 14 - Bus stop upgrade planned for Memorial Square

May 13 - Chelsea Green wins Fast Track

May 8 - Old Beechy Rail Trail extended

May 7 - Woodchip flooring trial commences at Colac saleyards

May 7 - Community input sought for new improved saleyards

May 5 - Apollo Bay's Nicola Philp wins Wish You Were Here postcard art

May 2 - Comments on draft budget open till May 30

May 2 - Free workshop on cost effective marketing

May 1: Chooky dancers bring indigenous comedy and dance to COPACC

APRIL 2014
April 30 -Council disappointed in pending sale of Colac High School site

April 24 -Planning scheme amendment for Apollo Bay Masterplan

April 24 -Wayfinding strategies adopted for Colac and Apollo Bay

April 16 - Botanic Gardens and lake precinct to provide backdrop for Australia Day 2015

April 10 - Colac Otway, Corangamite and Surf Coast to share emergency resources

April 4 - Find out about redevelopment plans at Bluewater walk-up information session

April 1 - Council finds evidence that community funded Colac High School site purchase

MARCH 2014

March 31 - Infrastructure funds allocated to Bluewater redevelopment

March 31 - Council supports asylum seekers living in Colac

March 31 - Temporary closure of Old Beech Forest road

March 27 - Council abandons parking meter concept for Apollo Bay

March 26 - Talent showcase on its way to Colac

March 25 - Bollards installed at Eastern Reserve to deter hoons

March 25 - Colac Otway compost goes full circle

March 25 - Central oversown with rye grass in preparation for football season

March 21 - Council considers opening debate about parking meters

March 14 - Council’s community and festival funding schemes open soon

March 6 - Botanic vision for Colac set by new amendment

March 6 -Geelong interested in managing regional cemeteries in Colac Otway

March 4 -Tree project in Beech Forest turns problem into opportunity

March 4 - Business efficiency the goal of new general manager

March 3 - Feedback sought on Wayfinding Strategy for Colac and Apollo Bay

March 3 - Long-term aerodrome report received

March 3 - Council releases Bluewater tender investigation report

February 28 - Draft Physical Activity Strategy builds a more active community

February 28 - Bushfire project helps guide future development in small towns

February 28 - Pool, wellbeing centre added to Apollo Bay Harbour

February 28 - Experience on hand at business forum

February 27 - Funding set for smart lighting project

February 27 - Council upping the ante on mobile coverage advocacy

February 27 - Rob Small announces retirement

February 25 - Council staff take to Barongarook Creek for ‘Clean Up’ day

February 18 - Secrets of success revealed at business

February 18 - Gypsy delights coming to COPACC

February 18 - COPACC prepares to launch new season

February 17 - New ACCC standards highlight the importance of pool safety

February 14 - State changes prompt review of C70 amendment

February 12 - Powerfan to take flight at Otway Fly

February 7 - Demolition work at Bluewater well underway

February 7 - Free school immunisation program starts soon

February 7 - Speak up on mobile black spots - CEO

February 6 - Community can meet Cats players at Memorial Square

February 4 - Community can meet Cats players at Memorial Square

February 4 - Strong interest in free business mentoring sessions


January 29 - VFL match at Central Reserve unlikely to go ahead this season

January 29 - Bulla to extend Forest Street operations

January 24 - Draft rating strategy endorsed

January 23 - Council releases vote on Bluewater Fitness Centre

January 17 - Nineteen people to become new citizens on Australia Day

January 9 - Residents urged to take care as temperatures set to rise

January 8 -True country hospitality for Australia Day in Forrest


December 19 -Council considers borrowing to make up Bluewater funding shortfall

December 19 - Council adopts reviewed Road Management Plan

December 19 - Guidelines for Great Ocean Road closure adopted

December 19 - State Government changes to residential zones

December 17 - Gardens of the year announced in annual award ceremony

December 11 - Council working towards a “festival of football” next year

December 5 - Council to follow up traffic concerns with bike ride organisers

December 5 - Tree pruning and removal scheduled for Memorial Square elms


November 29 - Birregurra Golf Club given Crown Land rights

November 29 - Petition leads to potential new footpath for Apollo Bay

November 29 - Extension of carbon neutral target set

November 28 - Heritage strategy to assess areas of significance

November 28 - Council endorses G21 Regional Growth Plan

November 28 - Potential extension of Wyuna Estate progresses

November 27 - Business owners and industry reps – we want you!

November 22 - Saleyard roof construction on track

November 21 - Council ramping up reconstruction program

November 19 - Great Victorian bike ride to impact road conditions

November 13 - Cr Frank Buchanan announced as deputy mayor

November 12 - Secrets to successful committees revealed

November 8 - Significant funding injection for Shire’s sports and recreation facilities

November 5 - Bluewater prepares to relocate

November 4 - New municipal fire prevention officer


October 28 - Annual Report for 2012/2013 complete

October 25 - Minister switches on Colac’s security camera network

October 24 - Bluewater redevelopment project awarded to Colac firm BDH

October 24 - Council calls on State Government to review regulations in water catchments

October 24 - New committee established to run Wye River park

October 22 - Council urges dog owners to lock their pets up during Colac Show fireworks

October 22 - Rye grass sprayed at Central Reserve to allow spread of couch

October 15 - Colac Otway Shire backs Ride to Work Day

October 8 - Sustainable homes showcase energy efficiency across the Shire

October 8 - Council urges septic owners to maintain their systems

October 3 - Gearing up to Golden Gumboot’s final celebrations

October 2 - Council calls for community input into rating strategy review

October 1 - New residential land proposed under Apollo Bay’s Amendment C74

October 1 - Public comment sought on draft Great Ocean Road closure document


September 26 - Council adopts policy for community loans and guarantees

September 26 - Red Rock Region Community Infrastructure Plan endorsed

September 26 - Council endorses Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board

September 26 - Council adopts new Local Law 2 for keeping of animals

September 26 - Regional Growth Plan for the Great South Coast endorsed

September 25 - Internet entrepreneur Fred Schebesta headlines ANZ Business Breakfast

September 25 - Detox your home for free this spring

September 24 - Construction of the saleyard roof begins today

September 23 - Join the hunt for gold!

September 20 - COOL Awards showcase local youth

September 20 - Tegan McNamara wins 2013 Young Ambassador Award

September 20 - Colac Otway is joining the great Garage Sale Trail!

September 19 - Colac Otway prepares for fire season in mock emergency

September 17 - Colac High School master plan paused while talks continue with government

September 13 -Colac Otway Shire celebrates Australian Citizenship Day 2013

September 13 -Join in the fun as Bluewater winds up ahead of $10 million renovation

September 11 - Amendment C75 on public exhibition

September 10 - Top secret superhero mission at COPACC these school holidays

September 10 - Nominees announced for 2013 Young Ambassador Awards

September 5 - Mayor and CEO challenge council critics to be more positive and productive

September 5 - Christine Nixon – Colac Otway’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2014

September 4 - Youth Club locked in for Bluewater relocation

September 2 - Nominations are open for Australia Day heroes


August 29 - Council updates two local laws

August 29 - Council rejects amendment C67

August 29 - Council delays its endorsement of new regional tourism board

August 29 - Council unveils new plan for Apollo Bay Harbour precinct without a hotel

August 29 - Council endorses new master plan for Pirron Yallock and Swan Marsh

August 23 - Saleyard roof construction to begin soon

August 21 - Apollo Bay’s Frank Buchanan wins Colac Otway countback

August 20 - Council manages Central Reserve with long-term vision

August 2 - Golden age of radio celebrated at COPACC's Tune in Tomorrow

August 2 - August at COPACC offers rich diversity of performances

JULY 2013

July 29 - Mayor pays tribute to outgoing Cr Mick McCrickard

July 26 - Council to go back to the community on bypass options

July 25 - Council meetings to take place in afternoons

July 25 - Council declines MOU with Geelong Otway Tourism

July 25 - Council supports Active Transport Strategy

July 25 - Council endorses Public Health and Wellbeing Plan

July 25 - Amendment C67 deferred to August

July 24 - Great Ocean Road closure guidelines out for community comment

July 23 - Mayor encourages people to get involved in Mental Health Week

July 23 - Minister approves planning scheme amendment C69

July 18 - Colac CCTV installation will commence soon

July 18 - Central Reserve to host Country Shield grand final

July 17 - Footbridge for CBD, play equipment for Alvie in latest funding allocations

July 17 - Footbridge for CBD, play equipment for Alvie in latest funding allocations

July 17 - Fire levies part of rate notices

July 12 - Calling all musicians! FReeZA – Battle of the Bands applications are now open!

July 10 - Council delivers lower 6.8 per cent rate rise due to government grants

July 9 - Council welcomes government action on irresponsible dog owners

July 8 - Online questionnaire seeks feedback on maternal and child health services

July 7 - Pirron Yallock Recreation Reserve plans endorsed by Council

July 5 - Hawthorn's coach impressed by Central Reserve playing surface

July 2 - Council releases key results of staff survey

July 2 - Red Rock district infrastructure plan on exhibition

JUNE 2013

June 28 - Council welcomes PoPE reforms

June 27 - Six companies on shortlist for Bluewater renovations

June 27 -Small town improvement funding approved for 2013-2014

June 27 - Council delays C70 consideration due to State Government changes

June 27 - Council adopts Birregurra Structure Plan

June 27 - Colac rolls out welcome mat to prospective residents

June 27 - Council splits planning scheme amendment C72

June 26 - New tourism campaign encourages locals to Love Our Region!

June 19 - C67 panel report considers that C67 methodology is “best practice”

June 18 - Minister, Council officially open four new bridges

June 14 - Apollo Bay’s new library is twice as nice as the original

June 14 - Roslyn Cousins leadership of library corporation to continue

June 13 - Call for parent feedback on maternal and child health services

June 11 - Prizes offered for textile and fibre art exhibitions C70

June 6 - Council receives extension from Minister for amendment C70

June 4 - Funding announcement for Apollo Bay dredge

MAY 2013

May 23 - Forrest to host Australia Day Awards 2014

May 23 -Community can comment on Road Management Plan review

May 21 -Unregistered animals set to attract on-the-spot fines

May 20 - Apollo Bay hosts shire’s first Neighbourhood Safer Place

May 15 - Business community can preview Colac TV commercials

May 8 - Draft budget focuses on core business

May 3 - The Beggars pay tribute to great Australian songs

May 2 - Colac Otway seeks community vision on health and wellbeing planning

May 2 - Cliffy the movie shuffles into COPACC for one night only

May 1 - New animal plan focuses on animal welfare and responsible pet ownership

APRIL 2013

April 30 - Australian voices prepare to perform

April 29 - Tibetan monks promote peace

April 29 - Draft Active Transport Strategy goes on display

April 26 - Council receives Apollo Bay petition on dangerous dogs

April 24 - Draft Council Plan 2013 - 2017

April 24 - Council seeking legal advice on Colac bypass project

April 22 - Barwon Downs receives grant for $240,000 community hub

April 22 - Council worker bound for remote island role

April 18 - Free workshops help women discover the ancient art of belly dancing

April 12 - Colac lifestyle to be showcased to at Regional Victoria Living Expo

April 3 - Amendment C70 on public exhibition

MARCH 2013

March 28 - Birregurra Recreation Reserve Master Plan unveiled

March 28 - Sergio Beani nominated on saleyard advisory

March 28 - Apollo Bay pool gets in-principal support from Council

March 28 - Community can have their say on Local Laws review

March 28 - Elm leaf beetles discoverd in Gellibrand

March 28 - Saleyard roof tender awarded

March 28 - Colac Show day to stay a public holiday

March 26 - Drum and draw up a storm at COPACC these school holidays

March 19 - Rae Street customer service foyer to temporarily relocate

March 15 - Warning about dangers of picking roadside blackberries

March 15 - Council carrying out audit of pools

March 14 - Council engineer selected to take part in Great South leadership program

March 12 - Creatives to converge on COPACC to cross-pollinate ideas

March 8 - Council welcomes funding for new sports ground

March 8 - Council welcomes new Child and Maternal Health Nurse

March 7 - Aaron Finch to headline business breakfast

March 6 - Council urges Minister to take action against irresponsible pet owners

March 6 - Family Day Care closes the gap

March 6 - Shadow puppet comedy weaves a dream world

March 6 - Council's community and festival funding schemes open soon

March 1 Revised Birregurra Structure Plan released for community comment


February 28 Shire's first Neighbourhood Safer Place to be established at Apollo Bay

February 28 Council grants Apollo Bay Sailing Club a new three-year licence for rooms

February 28 Council avoids loan by paying super call from existing funds

February 28 Councillors sign code od conduct

February 20 Australia Day 2014 - Showcase your community

February 15 Warncoort passing loop opens door for increased rail services

February 14 Bushfire planning project examines potential for growth in small towns

February 12 Council to count traffic at Armstrong-Murray streets intersection

February 12 Council Adopted amendment confirms rural living opportunities

February 9 Planning amendment C68 implemented

February 6 Ships ahoy! Opening of Elliminyt’s new play space

February 5 Roll up! Rollup! COPACC launches its 2013 season

February 4 Amendments to pet registration fees

February 4 Mobile business van to visit Colac and Apollo Bay

February 4 Bluewater schematic designs complete

February 1 Council launches new corporate facebook page


January 26 – Australia Day award winners

January 25 – Council investigating alleged dog attack in Apollo Bay

January 24 – Feedback sought on Great Ocean Road tourism report

January 24 - Council offers Apollo Bay-based aviators five year licence agreements

January 24 - Council to forge ahead with efficient street light program

January 24 - Council seeks feedback on Colac Show or Melbourne Cup public holiday

January 22 - Free business seminar in conjunction with WHK

January 21 - Mayor calls on community to lobby governments to restore health funding



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