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Council will often have publications, documents or policies on public exhibition that outline the goals and approaches for Council service delivery and community planning. These documents can be reviewed at the Council offices or alternatively, on this page.

If no documents are listed on this page, there are no public exhibition at present.

2019/20 Draft Budget

Southern Grampians Shire Council has released the 2019/20 draft budget at a special Council Meeting on 24 April 2019, with community now invited to have their say.

Any person proposing to make a submission must do so in writing before 5.00pm on 27 May 2019.

Submissions should be addressed to:
Chief Executive Officer
Southern Grampians Shire Council
Locked Bag 685
Hamilton 3300

or email

Persons making submissions are requested to indicate whether they wish to be heard in support of their submission and whether they will attend in person and/or be represented by some other person.

Adoption of the 2019/20 budget will be considered at a Special Meeting of Council to be held on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

The 2019/20 Draft Budget is available to view here or can be viewed in hard copy at:
• Brown St Customer Service Centre
• Market Place Customer Service Centre
• Licensed Post Offices within the Shire (excluding Hamilton)
• Hamilton Visitor Information Centre
• Greater Hamilton Library
• Mobile Library

Any person requiring further information concerning the budget or the making of a written submission is invited to contact Council’s Manager Finance, Belinda Johnson on 5573 0402.

2019/20 Draft Budget
2019/20 Draft Pricing Register
2019/20 Draft SRP

Draft Planning Scheme Review Report 2018

Southern Grampians Shire Council is undertaking its regular review of the Planning Scheme to improve how it operates in achieving better land use and development outcomes. Every four years municipalities in Victoria are required to report the findings of the review to the Minister for Planning.

The Planning Scheme is important because it is a legal document that identifies land use objectives, policies and controls and regulates how land can be used and developed in the Shire.

So far, the review has included an internal audit of the planning scheme and a draft report has been prepared that Council has recommended for consultation.

Council now wants to hear from the community on how well the planning scheme is performing and is also seeking feedback on the findings contained in the draft report.

The report is available to view at:
• Brown Street Business Centre, 111 Brown Street Hamilton
• Market Place Business Centre, 1 Market Place Hamilton

Submissions may be emailed to or sent by post to:

Draft Planning Scheme Review Report
Southern Grampians Shire Council
Locked Bag 685

Submissions must be received by Monday 1 April 2019 to be considered for incorporation into the final report.

The final report will be considered by Council for adoption and recommendation for submission to the Minister for Planning.

Planning Scheme Review: Fact Sheet

Further information
Please contact Council’s Planning Department on 5573 0256 or

Draft Street Tree Asset Management Plan

The Draft Street Tree Asset Management Plan was developed to provide a framework for Council to manage existing street trees and provide guidance for future plantings to enhance the benefits of the street trees, while mitigating the disadvantages. It addresses issues associated with the Council’s urban and street trees including selection of species in each town, maintenance of trees, removal process and management of significant trees.

The Plan provides principles and actions to deal with the following aspects of street and urban park trees:
• Provides a framework for tree management
• Treat trees as assets and manage accordingly
• Risk management
• Inspections
• Forward planning for tree plantings
• Tree removal procedure
• Allocates responsibilities across Council to specific positions
• Utilises best practice (eg. tree protection, pruning )
• Involves community
• Protects significant trees
• Incorporate Community Plans/Structure plans/Urban Design Frameworks
• Includes a draft list of 110 suitable tree species

The Plan DOES NOT define the landscape character of each town, provide a tree planting program or determine what species should be planted where. These are all actions included in the plan and will require consideration from Council in future budgeting and work planning processes.

The Draft Plan was presented to Council on 12 December 2018 and now requires community consultation and feedback. It is important to seek input from the community because street trees are of interest to many residents and cooperation from the community is a necessary factor for success of street tree plantings.

The Draft Plan is available to view here or can be viewed in hard copy at:
• Hamilton Library
• Mobile Library
• Brown St Customer Service Centre
• Market Place Customer Service Centre

In addition to the above, community meetings will be held in each town in order to enable as much feedback as possible on the plan. Details will be available in early 2019.

Comments and feedback may be emailed to or sent by post to

Street Tree Asset Management Plan
Southern Grampians Shire Council
Locked Bag 685
HAMILTON, Vic 3300.

Hamilton Showgrounds Masterplan Review

Council are currently reviewing the existing Hamilton Showgrounds Masterplan. A new Masterplan will be created that provides a clear direction for use and development onto the site into the future.

Please view existing Masterplan here.

To provide your feedback, thoughts or comments, please email or send by post to

Hamilton Showgrounds Masterplan
Recreation Manager
Southern Grampians Shire Council
Locked Bag 685
HAMILTON, Vic 3300.

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