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Sharing the Stories of Golden Plains

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020 - 10:45am
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Your Story, Our Story, a special exhibition celebrating the history and stories of the townships of Golden Plains will be installed in the new Council Chambers at the Golden Plains Community and Civic Centre (GPCCC), scheduled to open to the public in mid-2020.

The inaugural exhibition for the new Council Chamber will be representative of communities across the Shire, and will be a collaborative exhibition, with residents invited to nominate objects that represent a special story or theme for their local community.

When considering an object, Council encourages residents to think about:

  • What is special about your community?
  • What special stories about your community does this object tell?
  • What makes it different?

The exhibition will be housed in a display case in the new Council Chambers, and residents are also encouraged to consider the size of each object they nominate.

There are a number of ways to nominate an item:

  • Complete the nomination form online at
  • Pick up a hard copy of the nomination at Council’s Customer Service Centres in Bannockburn (2 Pope Street), Linton (68 Sussex Street) and Smythesdale (19 Heales Street).

Nominations are now open, and must be received by Friday 28 February 2020.

Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey says the exhibition in the new Council Chambers is an excellent opportunity to showcase the history of Shire.

“Golden Plains Shire has 56 townships, from large urban centres, to small rural communities, each with their own rich history.”

“This exhibition will bring together special objects from these townships right across the Shire, and the objects will take pride of place in the new Council Chambers.”

“No community is too big or too small to nominate a story or object, and we hope to hear from all corners of the Shire. I encourage all residents to get involved and nominate something that represents their town’s history."

The final selection of objects for inclusion in the exhibition will be made by Council’s exhibition curator. Nominators will be notified of the outcome by the end of March 2020.

Construction works are continuing on the GPCCC, which will extend and improve the Bannockburn Customer Service Centre for residents, Councillors and staff. The project includes an accessible, modern customer service area; private meeting rooms for residents, Councillors and staff; new Council Chambers; a sustainable, modern workspace; and accessibility for people of all abilities.


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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.