Stawell's breakfast scoop: May 21

Weather:

Patchy fog this morning but we should have a sunny afternoon. Winds north to northeasterly and light tending north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures in the low to mid 20s.

Top Stories:

- Residents across the Northern Grampians Shire are being urged to make the most of an opportunity to provide comment on council's draft budget.

Council adopted its draft budget for 2014-15 at a special meeting last Monday night, the key feature being a rate increase capped at five percent. The documents have now been placed on public exhibition, with comments being received to June 18.

- A Northern Grampians Shire Councillor has raised concerns regarding the massive gap that exists in council's current assets and infrastructure renewal program.

Speaking in favour of adopting council's draft budget at a special meeting last Monday night, newly elected councillor, Jason Hosemans, said he had real concerns with the gap that existed between the value of asset and infrastructure replacement requirements and the available funds.

The total exceeds $4 million per year.

- Navarre Grasshoppers have belted rival Carisbrook to keep their unbeaten run alive in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League.

It was evident both teams had come to play from the first bounce with the intensity exceeding the expectations of most spectators.

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