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CEO set to pursue new opportunities from November 2017


City of Victor Harbor Chief Executive Officer Graeme Maxwell has today announced he will not seek to renew his contract and will complete his employment with Council in November.

The recent successful completion and opening of the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre capped an already impressive list of Council achievements Mr Maxwell has proved critical in delivering over his 23 years with the City of Victor Harbor.

Mr Maxwell said the opening was an appropriate time to outline his intentions to end his employment with Council after having worked with eight Councils and 47 elected members, including five Mayors.

“I am now approaching the end of my current contract and have advised the Council that I will not be seeking a further renewal,’’ Mr Maxwell said.

Since Mr Maxwell joined the City of Victor Harbor, the population has grown from 8,000 to 15,800; the operating budget increased from $4.65m to $26.4m; Visitor Information Centre visitors have almost tripled; library membership and loans have doubled; and the number of registered dogs across the district has grown from 1,700 to 3,000.

City of Victor Harbor Mayor Graham Philp said Mr Maxwell’s extensive list of Council achievements is a testament to his success as CEO.

“His experience and knowledge of local government and the Victor Harbor community will be missed and he will be hard to replace.’’

Mr Maxwell will complete his employment with the City of Victor Harbor on Friday, 3 November 2017.

Read the full media release.

2017/18 Budget: What do you want from your council?

2017/18 Budget

Council is currently looking at how it will allocate ratepayers funds in 2017/18 to the vast range of programs and services it provides.

To help Council achieve a budget that provides for services, programs and infrastructure projects that meet the community’s needs now and into the future, and at the same time minimising the financial impact on households by keeping rate increases as low as possible, it is important for the community to provide their feedback.

It is expected the draft 2017/18 Annual Business Plan and Budget will be released for public consultation on Thursday, 11 May 2017. The community will be able to share their views by providing a written submission or attending a public meeting on 1 June 2017. At the conclusion of the public consultation period on 6 June, the Council will consider community feedback in conjunction with their budget deliberations.

The draft 2017/18 Annual Business Plan and Budget, along with details of how to get involved in the formal consultation process will be available on from 11 May or from the Civic Centre (1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor).

Arts and Culture Grants Program Open for Applications

Arts and Culture Grant Program 2017

Applications are now open for the City of Victor Harbor’s 2016/17 Arts and Culture Grants Program.

This grants program aims to facilitate more great art in Victor Harbor; support artists in Victor Harbor in the pursuit of excellence and innovation in arts practice; and, facilitate more people experiencing and participating in art in Victor Harbor.

The grant program specifically seeks to provide assistance towards the costs of:

  • public presentation (advertising, promotional printing, mailouts, media photographs, media releases, equipment rental, framing, freight, installation costs, travel etc)
  • arts development activities (costs associated with providing workshops by professional artists in visual and media arts, craft and design, performance arts, literary arts and music)
  • Victor Harbor artists accessing professional development opportunities they would not otherwise be able to access, due to living in a regional community (travel and registration costs).

To find out more or make an application download the 2017/18 Arts and Culture Grants Program Application and Guidelines.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 1 May 2017.

Whale Time Playtime!

2017 Whale Time Playtime

Celebrate the start of the whale season!

Join us for exciting activities and entertainment in the heart of seaside Victor Harbor, on South Australia's beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula.

Each year Southern Right Whales, and the occasional passing Humpback Whale, travel from the cold waters of Antarctica to the protected coastal waters of the Encounter Bay Marine Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula, to mate and give birth.

This unique Festival held in the heart of Victor Harbor at Warland Reserve, boasts a fun-filled day out for the whole family.

Enjoy live performances, Tram Barn Disco, Baby Chill Out Zone, Yard Party, FREE bouncing castle and rides, FREE Face Painting, FREE Craft Workshops, FREE entry to the SA Whale Centre, and 2-for-1 tickets on the Horse Drawn Tram.

On the PlayTime Stage you'll see live performances by SeaStar Rock, The Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Ronald McDonald and Friends, Mr Oopy, Jessi Jasmine, and the Tal-Kin-Jeri Dancers.

Tickets just $5 per person, available at the gate, or avoid the queues and buy online.

See you at Warland Reserve, Victor Harbor on Sunday 28 May 2017!

State Award for Victor Harbor Schoolies Festival Team

2017 Schoolies AwardThe Victor Harbor Schoolies Festival Team won the Community Partnerships and Collaboration Award at the 16th Annual Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Leadership Excellence Awards.

The Awards recognise excellence in local government and were held on Friday, 7 April at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

In the late 90’s Encounter Youth, who deliver the Victor Harbor Schoolies FestivalTM, saw an opportunity to make a positive contribution towards the popular event and have since worked collaboratively together with the City of Victor Harbor and other key stakeholders to successfully change the face of the once unruly event.

The first ‘managed’ schoolies event was held in 1999 and has evolved to become a model for schoolies events across Australia.

In receiving the Award, Council’s CEO acknowledged the exceptional collaboration between a broad range of stakeholders including Encounter Youth, City of Victor Harbor, South Australian Police, SA Ambulance, Metropolitan Fire Service, St Johns, SA Health, Country Health SA, Safe Work SA, local accommodation providers, transport operators, educational institutions, liquor licensees, Motor Accident Commission, media and the local Victor Harbor community.

Aquatic Centre opens with a splash!

Fleurieu Aquatic Centre opens!

Hundreds of people joined in the celebration for the official opening of the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre on 2 April 2017.

The opening celebration was held in conjunction with a free family fun day and drew crowds from across the Fleurieu.

Senator for South Australia Hon. Anne Ruston MP joined City of Victor Harbor Mayor Graham Philp and Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes to officially open the aquatic centre.

Special guest, Olympian Phil Rogers spoke about the importance of community pools in his own journey and said he was very impressed with the new facility.

During the ceremony the mayors thanks everyone who had contributed to the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre project, and particularly acknowledged the strong support and passion shown by the community.

They said they were proud to have delivered their communities’ dream of an aquatic centre.

The $21 million aquatic centre is a joint project of the Alexandrina Council and City of Victor Harbor, with funding support from the Australian Government and South Australian Government, and a generous land donation from Beyond Today.

Find out more about the programs, memberships and opening times at

Locals embrace the opportunity to be a tourist

Be a tourist in your own town

The City of Victor Harbor’s inaugural ‘Encounter It All’ event proved to be a hit on Friday night with many locals embracing the opportunity to see Victor Harbor from a tourist’s perspective.

It was a hive of activity from the Causeway across Warland Reserve to the SA Whale Centre, with the sounds of French singer Georgia Darcy and the City Band creating a festive atmosphere.

There were many happy faces enjoying the Horse Drawn Tram and Whale Centre, and people perusing through the Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centre.

There was a steady stream of people through the Visitor Information Centre, spots on the Horse Drawn Tram and Granite Island Nature Tours were fully booked prior to the event, and there were more than 150 people through the SA Whale Centre.

The ‘Encounter It All’ event also saw the draw of the Murray Princess Cruise Competition. Captain Cook Cruises and the Sealink Travel Group partnered with the Visitor Information Centre and The Times to offer community members a chance to win a three night Murray Princess Cruise valued at $2,500.

Congratulations to the lucky winner, Dakota Cunningham of Victor Harbor.

You don’t have to be a visitor to enjoy all the amazing experiences offered in Victor Harbor. Visit  or call in to the Visitor Information Centre at the Causeway and talk to one of the knowledgeable volunteers.

Stage 2 of the Mainstreet Precinct Upgrade deferred

Mainstreet Precinct Upgrade Stage 2

Stage 2 of the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct Upgrade has been deferred.

The Council considered the matter at a special meeting held towards the end of March and decided it would not pursue construction works for stage two at this time.

A combination of concerns from Mainstreet Traders about the impact two consecutive years of construction works would have on their businesses as well as not being able to confidently engage a contractor led to the decision.

Although deferred, the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct Upgrade remains a priority project for Council. The programming of the upgrade will now be reassessed and we envisage a tender process will commence during 2017/18.

Council secured 50% grant funding through the State Government’s Place for People grant program to deliver stage two and has been advised by the funding body that deferring works to 2017/18 will not impact this funding arrangement.

Next Council Meeting

The City of Victor Harbor’s next ordinary council meeting will be held on Monday, 24 April 2017 from 5.30pm in the Council Chambers (1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor).

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