Committees - External to Council

Overview

From time-to-time, Horsham Rural City Council has membership on a range of committees and forums that are managed and controlled externally to Council. Some are established for one-off specific functions, whilst others provide ongoing linkages to other sectors or groups within the community. This page lists the key external committees or forums with Councillor involvement. 

Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group, Local Government Forum

Purpose 

Under the requirements of the Environment Protection Act 1970, the Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery region has established a Local Government Forum. The forum consists of Councillor representatives from across each Council within its region. The role of the forum is to act as a conduit between the Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group and those Councils.  

Meeting Information

Quarterly 

Councillor Representative
Contact Details

John Martin - 5382 9737, john.martin@hrcc.vic.gov.au

Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group Website

Horsham Community and Police Consultative Committee

Purpose

To enhance the safety and security of the community with the Horsham Rural City Council through community/police partnerships.  

Meeting Information

3rd Thursday bi-monthly (February to October) at 10am, various locations in Horsham

Membership

Representatives from:

  • Business Horsham
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Emergency Services (Country Fire Authority, State Emergency Service, Ambulance Victoria)
  • Federation University Australia
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Horsham Sports and Community Club
  • Skillinvest
  • Uniting Wimmera
  • Youth and Community Diversity Groups
  • VicRoads
  • Victoria Police
  • Wimmera Mobility Group
  • Wimmera Road Safe
  • Wimmera and Southern Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network

Other invitees as required

Councillor Representative 
  • To be advised
Contact Details

David Eltringham (Chairman) - 0418 147 482, djelt@bigpond.com

Horsham Community and Police Consultative Committee Terms of Reference(PDF, 195KB)

Municipal Association of Victoria

Purpose

The Municipal Association of Victoria is a membership association and the legislated peak body for Victoria's 79 local Councils.  

Councillor Representative
Municipal Association of Victoria Website

North West Municipalities Association

Purpose

The North West Municipalities Association comprises the municipalities of Buloke, Gannawarra, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Mildura, Northern Grampians, Swan Hill, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack. It plays an advocacy and lobbying role for its member Councils and is represented on the Municipal Assocation of Victoria Board.

Membership
  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council
  • West Wimmera Shire Council
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council

Meeting Information

Biannually on the last Friday of month in May and August

Councillor Representative

Rail Freight Alliance

Purpose

The Rail Freight Alliance represents the local government sector in Victoria and adjoining states in freight logistics interests connecting Victoria nationally and internationally to advocate for:

  • Rail standardisation of all key rail lines in Victoria
  • Upgrading and connecting to a National Rail Freight Network
  • A Competitive, independent and open access rail freight system
  • Seamless freight logistics that will facilitate efficient rail freight movement
Meeting Information

Thursdays bi-monthly in Melbourne

Councillor Representative
Contact Details

Reid Mather, Chief Executive Officer - 0428 772 264, info@railfreightalliance.com

Rail Freight Alliance Website

Regional Cities Victoria

Purpose

An alliance of regional cities dedicated to achieving real change in regional Victoria through policy development and active implementation of those policies. 

Meeting Information

3rd Thursday bi-monthly from February from 9am to 3pm, Melbourne

Membership

Mayors and Chief Executive Officers of the 10 largest cities in regional Victoria:

  • Ballarat
  • Bendigo
  • Geelong
  • Horsham
  • Latrobe
  • Mildura
  • Shepparton
  • Wangaratta
  • Warrnambool
  • Wodonga
Councillor Representative
Contact Details

The Secretariat, Regional Cities Victoria - 9654 4799, rcv@cprcomm.com.au

Regional Cities Victoria Website

Regional Recreation Water Users Group 

Purpose

To provide advice to the GWMWater Board on the development of policies for recreational water distribution and management.

Meeting Information

Six-monthly at 10am, GWMWater, 11 McLachlan Street, Horsham

Councillor Representative
  • To be advised
Contact Details

GWMWater - 1300 659 961, info@gwmwater.org.au

Roadsafe Wimmera

Purpose

Roadsafe Wimmera's mission is to promote and gain wide acceptance of the view that each time drivers get behind the wheel of a vehicle, they enter a contract with other road users to travel in a manner which keeps them and the other road users safe until they reach the end of the journey.  The contract is ongoing and commences every time someone drives.  Influencing all drivers to accept and safely manage these responsibilities is the core of the group's activities. 

The Roadsafe Wimmera committee endeavours to bring a diverse representation of views and experiences to program development and implementation.  It operates by the use of volunteers in committee form to help regional concerns and initiatives to be recognised and worked through.

Driver attitudes and behaviour relate directly to how drivers manage road safety issues including speed, drinking, drug taking, distraction, fatigue, driving habits and consequences following infringements and/or crashes. 

Roadsafe Wimmera uses recognised, established statistics and processes to help in its decision making and education campaigns.

Meeting Information

Six regular meetings and an Annual General Meeting each year.  Additional meetings (eg, sub-committees and extraordinary meetings) are arranged through regular meeting procedures as required.

Membership

Representatives from:

  • Driving Instructor (light) Horsham
  • Edenhope Police
  • Heavy Transport, Horsham
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Horsham Highway Patrol
  • Horsham Police - Divisional Intelligence
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Horsham SES
  • Road Transport, Kanvia
  • Road Trauma Support Services, Grampians
  • West Wimmera Shire Council
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council

Horsham Rural City Council Representative

John Martin - 5382 9737, john.martin@hrcc.vic.gov.au

Contact Details

Executive Officer, Roadsafe Wimmera - 0408 349 461, roadsafe.wimmera@gmail.com

Victorian Local Governance Association

Purpose

The Victorian Local Governance Association is an independent organisation that supports Councils, Councillors and communities in good governance.

Meeting Information

Meetings are held as required.

Membership

The Victorian Local Governance Association currently has 49 member Councils.

Councillor Representative
Contact Details

Victorian Local Governance Association - 9349 7999, vlga@vlga.org.au 

Victorian Local Governance Association Website

Western Highway Action Committee

Purpose 
  • To pursue the upgrading of the Western Highway to achieve improvements to safety, transport, efficiency and amenity
  • To lobby and obtain allocations of government funding for the implementation of approved strategies for the construction, planning and maintenance of the Western Highway
  • To investigate the relationship between all transport systems linking Adelaide with Melbourne through the Western Highway Corridor, and collaborate with other groups and agencies in improving these links
  • To liaise with and support Local Government with initiatives and actions relating to bypass issues of the cities and towns along the Western Highway
  • To support and assist in the implementation of highway enhancement programs and strategies for economic, tourism and employment opportunities available along the Western Highway
  • Encourage the implementation of programs for the appearance, presentation and serviceability of the highway facilities
  • To support a sound consultative approach in managing the balance between improving highway safety and the environment
  • To promote the design objective for upgrades to the Western Highway to be for freeway standards, including bypasses of towns and cities, to achieve a suitable consistent design speed that is safe and assists transport efficiency, supporting the dual outcomes of a "Towards Zero" approach to road casualties and the economic benefits of improved freight efficiency.
Meeting Information

Bimonthly at 10.00am at various venues along the Western Highway, occasionally including inspections of relevant work sites.

Membership

Representatives from:

  • Ararat Rural City Council 
  • Ballarat City Council 
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Melton City Council
  • Moorabool Shire Council
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • Pyrenees Shire Council
  • Transport for Victoria
  • VicRoads
  • West Wimmera Shire Council
  • Wimmera Development Association
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council
Councillor Representative
Contact Details

John Martin - 5382 9737

Western Highway Action Committee Constitution(PDF, 309KB)

Western Rail Lobby Group

Purpose

 To advocate for:

  • More passenger rail services between Ararat and Melbourne
  • The return of passenger rail services to other parts of Western Victoria, including Horsham and Hamilton
  • Extra coach services to improve connections between road and rail services
  • Upgrades to all operating rail stations in Western Victoria to ensure they are accessible to disabled and elderly people.
Meeting Information

Meetings are held as required

Membership

The Western Rail Project is being driven by the Horsham Rural City Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council and the Ararat Rural City Council with support by the broader community.

The project also has support and input from the Glenelg, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack and Hindmarsh Shire Councils.

Councillor Representative
  • To be advised
Contact Details

info@westernrail.com.au

Western Rail Page

Wimmera Development Association

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Location 

62 Darlot Street, Horsham

Purpose 

The Wimmera Development Association is the peak economic development organisation for the Wimmera Southern Mallee region supporting existing local businesses and promoting economic development opportunities to investors. It provides a vital link between industry and government, lobbying for improved regional infrastructure and advocating for regional priority issues.

Meeting Information

2nd Tuesday monthly at 6.30pm, 62 Darlot Street, Horsham

Membership  

Representatives from:

  • Commerce and Industry 
  • Education and Training
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Health and Wellbeing 
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Manufacturing
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • Recreation and Tourism
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • West Wimmera Shire Council
  • Wimmera Sustainability Alliance
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council
Councillor Representative
Contact Details

Chris Sounness, Executive Officer, Wimmera Development Association - 5381 6501, csounness@wda.org.au

Wimmera Development Association Website

Wimmera Drug and Alcohol Taskforce

Purpose

Auspiced by Grampians Community Health, the Wimmera Drug and Alcohol Taskforce is a partnership group comprising representatives of Wimmera-wide agency and community representatives whose aim is to reduce the harms caused by alcohol and other drugs in our communities.

Meeting Information

Monthly

Councillor Representative

To be advised

Contact Details

Grampians Community Health - 5362 6200

Grampians Community Health Website

Wimmera Mallee Sustainability Alliance

Purpose

To improve sustainability in the Wimmera Mallee.

Meeting Details

Second Tuesday bi-monthly at 10am in Horsham

Membership

Representatives from:

  • Ararat Rural City Council
  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Desert Fringe Regional Waste Management Group
  • Grampians Regional Waste Management Group
  • GWMWater
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Longerenong College
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • University of Ballarat
  • Wimmera Catchment Management Association
  • Wimmera Development Association
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council
Councillor Representative
  • To be advised
Contact Details

Gil Hopkins - wmsa@wmsa.org.au

Wimmera Mallee Sustainability Alliance Website

Wimmera Regional Library Corporation

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Location

The Horsham branch of the library (and the corporation's headquarters) is located in the Mibus Centre, McLachlan Street, Horsham.  Various other branches are located throughout the corporation's wider region.

Purpose

The Wimmera Regional Library Corporation is a collaboration between Horsham Rural City Council and West Wimmera Shire Council, and is a public library providing services with various locations across the Wimmera including branches in Edenhope, Goroke, Harrow, Horsham and Kaniva.

Meeting Information

Bi-monthly from February, Friday 10.30am, Civic Centre, Horsham

Membership
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • West Wimmera Shire Council
Councillor Representative
Contact Details

Ann Twyford, Chief Executive Officer, Wimmera Regional Library Corporation - 5382 1777

Wimmera Regional Library Corporation Website

Wimmera River Improvement Committee

Purpose

A Horsham based volunteer group working with community and local government to improve health and condition of Wimmera River in the urban environment. 

Meeting Details

 4th Wednesday monthly at 4.30pm, Civic Centre, Horsham

Councillor Representative
  • To be advised
Contact Details

Gary Aitken, President - 5381 0325, gbaaitken@gmail.com

Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN

Purpose

The Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN (Local Learning and Employment Network) was established by the Victorian Government to create partnerships between industry, education and the community to support our young people to complete Year 12 or its equivalent - including apprenticeshps, traineeships or vocational training.  

Meeting Information

Thursdays bi-monthly at 6pm, Federation University, Horsham Campus

Councillor Representative
  • To be advised
Contact Details

 Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN - 5381 0122, info@llen.com.au

Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN Website

Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Transport Group

Purpose

To collaborate and promote a regional transport position through the preparation and updating of Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Transport Strategies.

Meeting Information

2nd Friday bi-monthly, 12noon, Civic Centre, Horsham

Membership

Representatives from:

  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • Regional Development Victoria
  • Transport for Victoria
  • VicRoads
  • West Wimmera Shire Council
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council
Councillor Representative
Contact Details

John Martin - 5382 9737, john.martin@hrcc.vic.gov.au

Wimmera Southern Mallee Memorandum of Understanding(PDF, 209KB)
Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Transport Strategy - July 2015(PDF, 2MB)