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It’s time to vote!

Make your vote count

Ballot papers and how to vote instructions were sent out last week, and now it’s time to vote in the 2018 council elections.

By voting in council elections, you have the opportunity to influence how your community is run by electing the candidates you want to represent you on council.

Not only will the City of Victor Harbor’s elected members be responsible for more than $100 million of council spending during their four year term, they will be required to make tough decisions relating to council policy and assets, provision of services and resource allocation.

Find out more about the candidates standing for the City of Victor Harbor council.

Make sure your vote counts. Post your completed ballot paper so it is received well before 5pm on Friday, 9 November 2018.

Authorised by Victoria MacKirdy, 1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor. Ph. (08) 8551 0500. Email.

Railway Turntable wins again

Have you visited the award winning Railway Turntable site?

The City of Victor Harbor’s Railway Turntable upgrade has continued its winning streak, taking out the Best Public Space and Streetscape Design Award at the 2018 Mainstreet SA Awards.

It is the second accolade the project has received in a matter of weeks, after receiving the best local government project title at the 2018 KESAB Awards.

Located on Eyre Terrace, the railway turntable site has been transformed into a space that pays tribute to Victor Harbor’s rich railway heritage at the same time as providing a new public space for the enjoyment of locals and visitors.

The judges of the Mainstreet SA Awards were impressed with the site’s dramatic transformation and particularly commented on the clever artistic elements within the design which include a shelter that replicates a train carriage and quirky blue sheep.

If you haven’t visited the Railway Turntable since the upgrade, it is certainly worth it!

Regional public transport study – Online survey now open

Have your say and share ideas on public transport in the region

Regional Development Australia - Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island has started a public transport study across a number of council areas including the City of Victor Harbor.

The two key components of the project are:

  • Determining future demand and needs for public transport in the region
  • Developing ideas for public transport solutions to address the future public transport needs in the region

Consultations with stakeholders will occur throughout the remainder of 2018 including through a public survey.

Please help the study by sharing your public transport experiences and ideas by completing the short survey at this link: 

Regional Development Australia are offering a randomly drawn prize of a $500 voucher which can be used on either Spirit of the Coorong (departing Goolwa Wharf) or The Big Duck Boat Tours (departing Victor Harbor). The survey closes at 5pm on Friday, 16 November 2018. 

If you or your group wish to make a submission in addition to the public survey, you can do so by email to: 

For more information please contact the local Regional Development Australia office on 08 8536 9200. 

2019 Citizen of the Year Awards – Nominations close soon

Recognise the extraordinary people who make Victor Harbor better

Nominations for the City of Victor Harbor’s 2019 Citizen of the Year Awards are closing soon.

If you know someone who makes Victor Harbor a better place, nominate them for an award today.

There are three award categories including Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year.

The nomination process is really easy, and only takes a short amount of time to complete. Find out how to submit your nomination.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday, 16 November 2018.

Minister approves Horse Tram management authority

Victor Harbor icon on new track

The City of Victor Harbor’s plan to establish a new management authority for its Horse Drawn Tram has been approved by the Minister for Local Government.

The Minister’s approval of the Victor Harbor Horse Tram Authority was formalised on 25 October 2018, marking a significant achievement in the council’s review of the iconic attraction. The milestone follows extensive work undertaken by the Victor Harbor Horse Tram Committee over the past two years.

The new management authority ensures the Horse Tram service remains in community hands. While the council retains ownership, the new management authority will oversee the operations of the Victor Harbor Horse Tram and will be governed by a board. 

It is hoped that under the new governance structure there will be additional opportunities to achieve efficiencies which will lead to increased revenue, and ultimately bring the horse tram service back to a break even position.

Find out more about the new authority.

Is your home prepared for a bushfire?

Prepare for fire danger season

It is your responsibility to make sure you and your family are prepared for the fire danger season.

There are a few precautionary things you can do now to prepare, including:

  • Cutting  grass and clearing away any fallen branches or debris within 20m of your home
  • Cleaning leaves from gutters, roofs and downpipes regularly
  • Trimming low lying branches (less than 1 metre above ground)
  • Moving flammable items well away from your home (including mulch and woodpiles)
  • Checking that your first aid kit is fully stocked

It is also important to prepare a bushfire survival plan and make sure all members of your household are aware of it.

Fire danger season for the Mount Lofty Ranges area, which includes the City of Victor Harbor council area, starts on 17 November 2018 until 30 April 2019. 

Visit for more information on preparing for the fire danger season.

Advance notice – Christmas closure

The City of Victor Harbor’s principal office, library and depot will be closed at the following times during the festive season:

  • From 12.30pm on Thursday, 13 December 2018.
  • From 5pm on Monday, 24 December 2018 until Tuesday, 1 January 2019 (inclusive). It will be business as usual from Wednesday, 2 January 2019

To report matters of urgency during the closure please call (08) 8551 0500.

Next council meeting

The City of Victor Harbor will hold the inaugural meeting for its new council on Monday, 19 November 2018 from 5.30pm at the City of Victor Harbor Civic Centre, 1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor.

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