President's Report

May 2021 



In light of the recent COVID lockdown, our town was very fortunate to hold ANZAC Day Services. Myself and other Councillors attended both the Dawn Service and Mid Morning Service run by the Beverley RSL. We also attended a fantastic service at Beverley District High School on Friday 23 April 2021.

Thank you to Shannon and his team from Hotel Beverley who provided this years Gunfire Breakfast and the mid-morning refreshments. The food and service was enjoyed by all.  

ANZ Bank – Beverley Branch Closure

Council are thoroughly disappointed at the recent advice received from the ANZ Bank about the September closure of our local branch. Previous to the closure, Council had contacted ANZ asking to reinstate our Beverley branch’s original pre-covid hours. At the 27 April 2021 Council meeting resolved to appoint a consultant to provide a detailed submission to the ANZ Bank Melbourne regarding the proposed closure of the Beverley Branch of the ANZ.

A community feedback form is being sent to all mail/post boxes, we encourage all ANZ Bank customers to respond.

2019/20 Annual Report and Annual Electors Meeting

The Audit & Risk Committee and Council received the Annual Financial Report at the 27 April 2021 Ordinary Council Meeting. The Annual Report is expected to be adopted at either a Special Meeting of Council or the Ordinary May Council Meeting. Once adopted, the Annual Electors Meeting can be held.

Avondale Machinery Farm

Council are seeking urgent public comment from the community of the future of the Avondale Farm Machinery Museum. A report is available here or from the Shire Office. Public comment will guide Council on whether to keep the Museum, move it or walk away from it.

Shire Staff

Lydia Ugle has joined the Shire Administration team on a one year contract to cover maternity leave. Lydia recently completed the Department of Transport training and will be able to assist with your licensing queries.

Local Government Elections – October 2021

If you are interested in becoming a Councillor and running in the local elections in October 2021 please do not hesitate to have a chat with a current Councillor. Later in the year the Shire will hold information sessions that will cover training requirements, meeting expectations and legislative requirements. The Shire will also have a tent at the Beverley Show.

May Road and Construction Works

Work will soon commence on Morbinning Road shoulders which will include the intersection with Caroling Bally Bally Road. Dale Bin North Road has an allocation of 1.8km of gravel sheeting that is currently being carried out on the northern end which had deteriorated from the cartage of gravel to Edison Mill Road.

Cody Stanfield

Congratulations to Cody Stanfield who recently won the U17 400m Hurdle Final with a time of 56.18sec at the 2021 Australian Athletics Track and Field Championships in Sydney to become the National Champion. Well done Cody!

Cr Don Davis

Shire President