Pyrenees Shire Council has pulled off an economic coup for Avoca, attracting an overnight stay during the Great Victorian Bike Ride.
The 2015 ride will be held in central Victoria and will bring around 3,500 overnight guests to Avoca in December 2015.
Shire representatives have already met with ride organisers to inspect the Avoca Recreation Reserve as a location for a makeshift camp.
A proposal was put before Tuesday’s council meeting recommending the Shire support the event with a $12,000 financial contribution.
Council was also asked to support the ride by providing rubbish collections, the recreation reserve free of charge and traffic management.
Premier Denis Napthine joined more than 6,000 racegoers at the Avoca Cup last weekend to make a major announcement.
Mr Napthine said the Government would provide the Avoca Shire Turf Club with $26,000 to improve raceday safety, enhance viewing of the racecourse and to promote its December meeting.
“This first grant from the Coalition Government will provide for new walkways and fencing around the horse stalls area while the removal of the centre column will improve the catchment of water runoff from the stalls’ roofing,” Mr Napthine said.
THE J. K. McDougall Lecture Series started as a celebration of the centenary of the Ararat ALP branch. J. K. McDougall was a farmer, poet and prose writer, an activist and politician. He was also champion of regional development and responsible for the extension of telephone, telegraph and postal services in his electorate. On Friday, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs Joel Fitzgibbon delivered the 12th lecture in the series. This is an edited version of his speech:
I am very conscious of the significance of the J.K. McDougall lecture and I am proud to have been invited to address you tonight.
I hold a deep-seated belief that a healthy, vibrant and prosperous rural Australia is central to our country’s economic and social