Stawell's breakfast scoop - May 13

WEATHER: Seventeen degrees today, areas of morning fog. Mostly sunny afternoon. Winds north to northeasterly and light increasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late evening.

TOP STORIES:

It is Budget day, both locally and federally.

Rates will rise five per cent across the Northern Grampians Shire if council adopts its Draft Budget for 2014/15.

Thirty-three million dollars will be allocated to projects and services across the municipality. Residents have been encouraged to read and comment on the draft budget which was released to the public at a special meeting of council last night. 

"It didn't really hit home to me because I don't know anyone, but when I went to the last meeting I just felt absolutely sick about what was going to happen," - Sherrie Hunt, Fisher Street resident

Today is the last chance for Stawell residents and other interested parties to respond to the Big HIll Enhanced Development Project Environment Effects Statement (EES). Residents continue to speak out in opposition to the proposal. 

Let there be light - Two years of planning, negotiations and hard work has culminated in the successful installation of new lighting at Stawell's North Park Oval.

WHAT'S ON:

The huge contribution volunteers make to Victoria's parks is being acknowledged during this week's National Volunteers Week.

Mornington resident, Amelia Travers is among those being thanked by Parks Victoria for volunteering as a Campground Host in the Grampians National Park for 20 days last month. 

Keep up to date with the Federal Budget.

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