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From Our Mayor 18 January 2008

By this time memories of the Christmas and New Year season seem distant. Many who have taken holidays are back at work. The bargains from the sales have all been purchased and for kids the start of the school year looms. Many community organisations are recommencing their activities, others have continued through without a break.

For me one of the great features of Christmas and New Year in our Shire is the wonderful events which added to so much enjoyment for so many in quite different ways. The new Community Bus taking residents for Christmas shopping; Christmas Carols in the Park; the Community Christmas Dinner; the New Years Eve celebrations at the Post Office and the Old Time Dance at Bowenvale; the Highland Gathering on New Years Day and the Victorian Premier Cricket match were just some of the marvelous events and activities over this period.

At a time when most of us enjoy spending time relaxing with families and friends the real hard work by a great many in our community to bring us these events for our enjoyment is something which adds to our appreciation. The fact that we have had a real burst of very hot weather made preparation tiring and in some cases because of the hot weather usual attendances were well down.

Research by the Department of Victorian Communities across the State in 2006 tells us that as community we know there are a wide range of community and support groups and opportunities to volunteer and our positive acknowledgement of this is above the Statewide average.

Someone once said a community is like a water jug. We pour out in terms of community activities and services but if we don’t replenish in terms of volunteering and support the jug empties out.

There are so may ways we can contribute to our community and so many ways to have fun – sporting organisations, arts and culture, business building, social and community development, education, committees of management for our key buildings and assets, heritage groups and museums to name just a few. All need our help and active involvement.

Could I encourage each of us to think of making a resolution for 2008 to get more involved with our community and join one or some of the many organisations available. If you are not sure which organisation you would like to join talk to others in the community or seek the advice of a community leader or your Ward Councillor. Council’s Leisure Services Guide is a great start and copies can be obtained from the Shire office or online at www.centralgoldfields.com.au .


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