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What's happening in Wooragee?

Consultations took place in Wooragee throughout August and September 2011. The Community Strengthening Team has met with businesses, individuals, and community groups to find out the unique strengths of Wooragee, and to gather project ideas for the Wooragee Community Plan.

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A public meeting to prioritise the ideas put forward by the community was held on Tuesday October 25, and several passionate community members were involved. They decided on the following priorities:

  • Purchase the 5 acres beside the Centenary Hall for future community use
  • Improve mobile phone reception in the valley
  • Establish a permanent 80km/hr zone in front of school strip
  • Incorporate fire management into roadside management

A Community Plan was drafted in late 2011, featuring the above priorities and other data gathered throughout the process, and was distributed amongst the community for comment. Following presentation to Indigo Shire councillors, the draft was presented back to the community, and adopted at a Community Forum held on May 8.

The Wooragee Communty Plan can be viewed here

At a meeting in November 2012, the Wooragee Hall Committee agreed to pursue two of the projects namely to Purchase the 5 acres beside the Centenary Hall for future community use and Establish a permanent 80km/hr zone in front of school strip. This involves preparing a case for both of the above projects with a view presenting to Council and VicRoads in the near future.

Improve mobile phone reception in the valley

Meetings have been held with Telstra on this matter and are ongoing to understand where this project sits with Telstra's plans and other detail such as estimated cost and obligations to set up early warning SMS systems under the Black Saturday Bushfire Royal Commission. The issue of Mobile Phone blackspots was significant in the seat of Indi at the 2013 Federal Election and CEO's of several Shires within this electorate are aiming to meet with Telstra and key Federal Government Ministers to resolve this issue.

Incorporate fire management into roadside management

Concern has been expressed regarding the number of overhanging tree limbs on many of the community unsealed lanes/roads and also the number of small trees - such as wattles - that are growing so close the side of the road in these areas. These works have been identified and maintenance works were undertaken during the 2012-13 fire season.

For further details on this Plan, please contact Chris Westwood via email cwestwood@indigoshire.vic.gov.au or local call 1300 365 003.

Last updated: 04 November 2013