Mayoral Column 18th November 2020

Published on 19 November 2020

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Calling on community to prepare vacant land for summer

As we approach what will surely be another hot summer, Council is calling on the community to prepare vacant land for the bushfire seasons by slashing or mowing long grass now while it is green.

Unusually high rainfall throughout winter and spring has meant a huge amount of growth in grass and weeds around the region, with vacant blocks in residential areas causing some concern. Of course we know that Council has a huge role to play in this area with our parks and reserves, and I can assure the community that staff in this area are working overtime at the moment to try to get on top of the issue – however we don’t have unlimited staff and resources.

It has been great to have so much rain over the past few months but this has caused a lot of growth and we need to prepare accordingly prior to summer. We cannot be complacent, as in just a few weeks the heat will be here and it may be too late to mow or slash some of these areas due to bushfire risk.”

Council has already issued 148 letters in regard to overgrown property over the past month, and will be issuing further notices to owners of vacant land over the coming weeks to strongly encourage them to prepare their land accordingly for summer. If these notices are ignored a draft order will be issued, which may then result in an infringement notice and penalty of $330 for residents and landowners who choose to ignore this.

Water Main Project – Bourke St

We will be continuing works for installation of a new water main along Bourke Street from Bradley Street to Clifford Street, beginning this Friday 20th November.

These works involve final connection and service transfers along Bourke Street and will be undertaken as night works between Friday 20th November and Saturday 28th November – Killard Infrastructure are the contractors who have been engaged for the project.

Traffic control will be in place for any road closures and detours needed for the works as well as any pedestrian management requirements. However if you require specific assistance please speak to the traffic control officer or the site supervisor for the works.

Garage Sale Trail

As Christmas approaches why not kick off your shopping with some bargains at this year’s Garage Sale Trail, which will be underway this Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 November.

With 24 sales already registered for the Goulburn area, there will be something for everyone. Love indoor plants? Visit the ‘Succulents by Jen’ sale in Lorne Street. Looking for some new fishing gear Head over to the ‘Broke and Bespoke sale’ being held in Citizen Street.

With only three days to go until the weekend of the Garage Sale Trail it’s also time to start planning your route – jump online to the website ( and search Goulburn, where you will be able to view all the planned garage sales and your route!

Performing Arts Opening Night Survey

A quick reminder to jump online and share memories of performing arts within our region, or share your excitement for the future, so that these thoughts, emotions and aspirations can help shape the opening event being planned for November 2021.

A group of Goulburn’s leaders within the creative arts sector have begun planning for an ambitious opening weekend celebration for the Goulburn Performing Arts Centre next year, with the theme ‘Memory, Moment, Momentum.’

A simple survey is now open for two weeks on Council’s website, with feedback being welcomed until the 20th November. Hard copy surveys are also available at the Civic Centre or the Goulburn Mulwaree Library. For those people who may wish to provide feedback verbally this can be done face to face at the Goulburn Mulwaree Civic Centre (184 Bourke Street) or via phone to 4823 4515. 


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