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Christmas Greetings from Council

Christmas Greetings
What a strange year 2020 has been. Devastating bushfires, a global pandemic, the emergence of ‘Cross Border Communities’… There has been a lot that’s been sad and bad in 2020 but there’s also been some good.
  • A refocusing on ‘home’ and what’s close by, like our ‘There’s no place like home’ and ‘Homegrown’ exhibitions at the Walkway Gallery showcasing local talent and art, or our ‘Homemade’ multicultural cooking sessions.
  • Significant growth in the use of online and digital media, like our libraries’ story time videos, the ‘Front Porch Project’ or our volunteer awards, which would usually see 300+ volunteers attend dinner events in our towns, and this year instead were celebrated online, reaching 10,411 people on Facebook.
  • We have seen ourselves and other businesses innovate and transform the way we work, so that we can continue to provide services in a pandemic.
  • We have found different ways to connect, whether in business meetings, telehealth or video messaging apps, and we have seen an unprecedented (the word of 2020) amount of funding to stimulate the economy.
There has been much sadness for everyone and for all we seem to have missed this year, but we have also seen an amazing resilience and strength in our community.  

So, thank you for your patience as we all have worked through this, your kindness and for looking out for each other in difficult times.

From all of us at Tatiara District Council, we wish you and your family a joyful and safe holiday season, and we look forward to a fantastic 2021.

Anne Champness, Chief Executive Officer

Upcoming Council Meeting

Tatiara residents will have the opportunity to observe Council in its decision making process, when Council meets for its January Council Meeting in Bordertown. 

Tuesday 12 January 2021
3pm at theTatiara District Council Chambers

All are welcome to attend as part of the gallery and the opportunity to address the meeting will arise during the public forum section which is held between 3.00pm - 3.30pm 
Click here for previous minutes

Tatiara Libraries News

After years of monitoring library patron traffic we have made the decision to revise our opening hours, which are as follows:

Arts & Culture News

Deep Revolt Arlo Mountford
7th December 2020 - 5th February 2021
Deep Revolt is a mid-career survey exhibition of work by Melbourne based artist Arlo Mountford. Laden with references from art history and pop culture, Mountford’s large scale video installations, kinetic sculpture and animations take a wry look at the artistic canon through the lens of the contemporary.  
Amusing and strange, his animated films are hand drawn with a mouse directly in to a computer. He reimagines both real and created spaces from the art world, digitally reconstructing the interiors of iconic museums or retracing the brushstrokes of European masterpieces well known and loved for centuries. This process allows him to experience art with fresh eyes and unpack its ongoing meaning and relevance in contemporary society.

Image: Arlo Mountford, The Triumph (still), 2010, single channel video installation, 16:9 HD, stereo, 9:11 minutes.  Image courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery Melbourne.

Tatiara Design Prize 
We are officially on the hunt for our 2021/22 design! Tatiara’s artists, budding illustrators, designers, students and everyone in between are encouraged to submit their entry to the Tatiara Design Prize, proudly supported by Tatiara District Council.
Find out more at the Walkway Gallery

Community (Migration) News

Homemade Food 
The consortium of the Highway Church and Tatiara District Council developed the Homemade concept and applied for a grant from the Australian Government under the Fostering Integration Program. The Homemade project aims to foster social cohesion, support migrants to actively participate in Australian Society and build community resilience in times of crisis.

To date four cultural groups, Filipino, Malaysian, Afghan and African, have delivered very successful events to a sold-out audience. Each session has had its own unique challenges and successes 
from selecting typical dishes from a place as vast as Africa to our cooks public speaking in their second language for the first time.

Great connections were made between people of the same cultural background who met each other for the first time cooking for others and with established community members. Many stories were told and, most importantly, delicious dishes sampled by all.
“Four Malaysian and two Afghani team members are now selling produce out of the Tatiara Works Centre,” Tracey Grosser, Council’s Community Development Officer (Migration) said, “which is a great outcome and an opportunity for everyone to try different food.”

The Multicultural food festival will be the culmination of the project and celebration of different cultures and cuisines. The festival had to be rescheduled due to COVID-19 restrictions and will now be held on 16 January 2021.

Parks & Gardens News

Our Parks and Gardens team has been busy over the last month mostly with mowing but also tree removal in Keith at Soldiers Memorial park, tree planting in Mundulla and the Bordertown Tafe carpark and keeping up with irrigation maintenance in all irrigated arears.

Road Networks News

Patrol Grading  
Council has completed the first and second round of patrol grading of around 1330km of unsealed roads.  Thanks to our  four grader crews delivering this program and to our rural community for your patience while these works were underway.
Infrastructure Program Update
Repair works have commenced at this year's reseal sites, with kerb and gutter repairs complete in urban areas and shoulder grading being completed in rural areas (Nyroca Road and Yallamurray Road) 

The Resheets Program has also commenced on our rural roads (adding and compacting rubble).

The truck bay and netball courts carpark are now complete in Mundulla. 


A Message from the Mayor
Tatiara’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2020-2024 (DAIP) is an exciting and important step in improving the lives of Tatiara residents.

Council and our partners are committed to building inclusive, connected and welcoming communities. We are determined to create a community where everyone is able to fulfill their potential; however, to make sure people living with disability can participate fully, we know we need to do more.

The DAIP was developed through extensive consultation with partners, service providers and, of course, people living with disability as well as their families, friends and carers. The plan provides a clear way forward on how to best respond to current and future challenges facing our community and sets out what we want to achieve over the next four years.

I look forward to working together to put this plan into action for a more inclusive and accessible Tatiara.
Click here for the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2020-2024
Shop Local Save Local
You might have seen our Shop Local Save Local campaign, in partnership with the Tatiara Business Association. If you haven't already seen our WIN TV campaign, you see some familiar faces here

We have launched TATIARA TUESDAYS with 5TCB showcasing business owners and getting to know them a little better. If you have missed them on air, you can find them on the Tatiara Business Association Facebook page.

When you shop local please take a picture and send it to us  or the Tatiara Business Association to be posted on social media to spread the love. Alternatively you can post a pic to your own social media and tag @tatiarabusinessassociation & #shoplocalsavelocal

We LOVE seeing the community shop local and thrive!

 A big thank you to the Tatiara Business Association for pulling this campaign together.

Government grant turns into weather data for Tatiara producers
Farmers are reaping the rewards of more climate data from four weather stations installed around the Tatiara district — funded by drought-relief money allocated to the local council by the Federal Government last year.
  • Tatiara farmers say data from new weather stations provides more localised information
  • $45,000 of Federal Government drought relief money has been spent on the project
  • The stations are located at Sherwood, Cannawigara, Western Flat and Wolseley
To read the entire article written by the ABC click below.
Click here for the ABC news article
Drought Communities Program

Mundulla Netball Court and lighting upgrade
The Mundulla Netball Club court and lighting upgrade was partly funded by a $63,000 allocation as part of the Drought Communities Program.

Upgrading the courts provides opportunities for members to train safely by providing facilities that are compliant and at a safe standard. The upgrades have been many years in the making with numerous funding applications been submitted without success.
Outcomes include:
  • Improved membership and retention numbers of local club members
  • Improved services resulting from enhanced facilities
  • Widespread positive impact on all community members
  • Improving the region's sporting and recreational facilities will affect an individual’s wellbeing, health, happiness and engage community enthusiasm
  • Local employment opportunities
Water Tanks
As part of the Drought Communities Programme four bulk water tanks are being installed at Wolseley, Western Flat, Padthaway and Willalooka. These strategically placed tanks on established water systems will be fully equipped with CFS fittings to improve water storage and availability.

Various local suppliers and businesses have been contracted to complete the works leading to local employment and financial benefits. This water storage project will assist to protect people, stock and assets.

Funding & Grant Opportunities 

FRRR - Strengthening Rural Communities Grants 

Grants for communities in small, rural, regional and remote locations in Australia. This program has two tiers of funding: Small and Vital supports projects with grants up to $10,000; and Larger Leverage supports projects with grants from $10,001 to $25,000.
For more information click here
The 2021 Highways and Byways Small Grants Program  
Funding up to $3,000 is available to community organisations
 in rural and regional Australia. 

2021 program theme is Healing the Land – Healing Ourselves – Together. 

The program supports projects that heal the land in holistic ways and build community through practical projects, skills acquisition and knowledge transfer. 

Applications close at 6.00pm AEST on Tuesday 9 February 2021.  
For more information click here
Infrastructure Projects Grant 
Eligible sporting clubs and organisations can now apply for funding through the 2020-2021 suite of infrastructure project grant programs consisting of:
  • Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program 2020-21 (CRSFP)
  • Grassroots Facilities Program Round 1 (GFP)
  • Regional and Districts Facilities Program Round 1 (RDFP)
Applications close midday on Wednesday 27 January 2021. 
For more information click here

January Events & Programs

16th January 2021
Multicultural Food Festival
Bordertown Civic Centre
Woolshed Street Bordertown


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