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Spring in the Shire Awards Ceremony

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019 - 4:15pm
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The winners of Golden Plains Shire Council’s popular photography competition, Spring in the Shire, will be announced at the upcoming award ceremony and exhibition launch in Dereel.

Spring in the Shire is a competition for amateur photographers, and this year 60 residents photographed what they love about Golden Plains. The competition ran from 28 August to 1 October, with entries judged on impact, subject matter and storytelling. Entries must have been taken in Golden Plains Shire.

The public exhibition and awards ceremony will take place on Saturday 16 November at the Dereel Soldiers Memorial Hall, 15 Swamp Road from 3 to 5pm, where the winners will be announced. Prizes will be awarded to a winner from each of this year’s categories:

  • Major Prize (18 years and older)
  • Young Adult Prize (13 to 17 years)
  • Junior Prize (Up to 12 years)

The winner of each category will receive $300. Council is proud to partner with Sonny Café in Inverleigh and Bannockburn Pharmacy to offer these great prizes.

Afternoon tea will be available for attendees, and Council encourages residents to RSVP for catering purposes at

Residents attending the awards ceremony will also have the chance to meet with their Golden Plains Shire Councillors at the final Councillor Conversation Post for 2019.

Conversation posts are a great informal way for the community to connect directly with Councillors, and are usually held at community events like the Spring in the Shire awards ceremony to increase accessibility.

In early 2019, Councillors agreed to continue their regular calendar of conversation posts to give community members a chance to speak directly with Councillors and senior Council staff. They also agreed to increase the regular number of posts per year from four to six. Five conversation posts have already taken place this year in Bannockburn, Rokewood, Inverleigh, Batesford and Teesdale.

Since 2016, Councillors have engaged with more than 1,300 community members at conversation posts.


Photo: Chris Pearce - 2017 Spring in the Shire Winner 

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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.