Tolmie Bridle Trails

Tolmie Bridle Trails – Are you interesTolmie Bridle Trailsted in supporting the reinstatement of the historical Tolmie bridle trails?  A local community member is looking for any Tolmie & district locals who would be interested in working on this community driven project, hopefully with the assistance of the Shire.

If you are interested in participating in this project, or perhaps have a knowledge of the different trails in the area, please contact Andrea on 0414 984 956 or via Facebook messenger.

Planned Shire Wide Power Outage

AusNet Services has advised that there will be a major interruption to the electricity supply for the entire Mansfield Shire on Tuesday 17th April 2018 between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Due to the resources required and the extensive nature of the work to be completed, a back up date for the works has also been selected as a contingency should something prevent essential works being completed of 17th April (eg. inclement weather or storm event).  The back up date for the interruption is Tuesday 24th April 2018 between 8.30am and 4.30pm.  The intent is for one single day interruption, however, customers should be prepared for the possibility that this may change as circumstances dictate.  Residents should receive written notice from AusNet Services approximately one (1) week prior to confirm the outage is proceeding.

For the full advice letter & map outlining the affected area – click here.

Tolmie & Archerton celebrate improved mobile reception

Members of the Tolmie and Archerton communities have celebrated improved mobile reception with the official launch today of the Tolmie and Archerton mobile phone towers.
The communities were joined by Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan and Telstra’s Area General Manager East & South West Victoria Loretta Willaton.
Ms McGowan congratulated both communities and the Wangaratta and Mansfield councils for their work in identifying the black spots as priorities. Wangaratta has six spots funded – Archerton, Eldorado, Edi Upper, Moyhu, Myrhee and Upper Ryans Creek. Mansfield has eight spots funded – Tolmie, Kevington, Ancona, Enochs Point, Goughs Bay, Howqua Inlet, Sawmill Settlement and Woods Point.
“This is an achievement by both communities in partnership with their councils. It’s a testament to how effective it is when communities and all levels of government work together,” Ms McGowan said.
“Indi has been successful in securing funding for 38 new mobile phone towers under the Mobile Black Spot Programme. This will be the 11th community event held to celebrate the new towers. I will continue to work on a sustainable solution to addressing all remaining blackspots across Wangaratta and Mansfield and the rest of the electorate.
Ms McGowan said she would continue to work closely with Telstra and Optus for NBN colocation on as many towers as possible.
“Thank you to Telstra and the State and Federal Governments on delivering a really important boost to local telecommunications.”
“People expect and deserve mobile phone coverage and internet wherever they are in Australia,” she said.

Picture: Cathy McGowan and Loretta Willaton from Telstra at the launch of the Tolmie and Archerton mobile phone towers.

Maintenance at Tolmie Recreation Reserve supported by $9000 grant

Tolmie recreation reserveMuch-needed maintenance will ensure the Tolmie Recreation Reserve remains a hub for the local community, says Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
The Tolmie Recreation Reserve Maintenance Project, worth $22,000, will be delivered thanks to the community’s work with Mansfield Shire Council and a $9,000 grant from round three of the Commonwealth Stronger Communities Program.
“Congratulations to the local community, led by committee member Linda Terry, who have worked actively with Council to get the project done,” Ms McGowan said.
The works will include repairs to the storage facility located in the original stable buildings to replace rotting posts; and painting of the exterior of the hall and community kitchen.
“These much-needed works will ensure the preservation of this invaluable community asset,” Ms McGowan said.
“The reserve and its buildings provide a location for community group meetings, markets, gatherings and events. Most famously, the Reserve is the location of the annual Tolmie Sports, which will be held on 10th February 2018. This event has run continuously since 1886 and this will be the 132nd year.
“I am delighted to announce the success of this grant, alongside Linda Terry; Mansfield Mayor, Cr Paul Volkering, Cr Marg Attley; and Community Development Team Leader Kirsten Lingard.”

L to R: Mansfield councillor Harry Westendorp, Barb Taylor, Reg Taylor, Cr Marg Attley, Cathy McGowan, Kirsten Lingard, Mansfield Shire CEO Alex Green and Mayor Cr Paul Volkering at Tolmie Recreation Reserve.