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HAVE YOUR SAY NOTICE OF PROPOSED CITY PLAN 2010-2014 AND BUDGET 2010-2011 INCLUDING DECLARATION OF RATES Greater Geelong City Council at a Meeting held on 11 May 2010, resolved to give notice that: • It has considered the proposed City Plan 2010-2014. • It has prepared its Budget for the financial year commencing 1 July 2010 and ending 30 June 2011. • At a Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 22 June 2010 it proposes to adopt City Plan 2010-2014, and the Council Budget and Rating Strategy 2010-2011. CITY PLAN 2010-2014 Council has drafted City Plan 2010-2014 to ensure long-term social, environmental and economic benefits for the community. The City Plan is Council's plan to deliver these benefits for the next four-year period. The framework for the City Plan 2010-2014 is based on the three strategic directions (Community Wellbeing, Growing the Economy and Sustainable Built and Natural Environment) and the Council’s Vision, Mission, Values and Behaviours section. BUDGET 2010- 2011 In respect of the Council Budget the following information is provided.

Striking a chord: Holly Winter, Catriona Woodford, Matilda Baker, Elspeth Everest and Keeley O’Neil are hoping for success in the unsigned band competition. Picture:Tommy Ritchie 46899

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Song could unearth Sweethearts BY ANDREW MATHIESON A GEELONG high school band that is winning rapturous applause from radio listeners is this week on the cuff of being crowned Australia’s most talented musical teens. The latest incarnation of Sweethearts, first created out of Matthew Flinders Girls High School more than two decades ago, is leading hundreds of young student acts in Triple J’s Unearthed High competition. And the latest batch of Geelong schoolgirls could also capture the more prestigious Unearthed title for unsigned bands of any age judging by its growing number of online votes. Australian chart toppers Silverchair, Missy Higgins and Killing Heidi have rocked to fame

over the years from the national radio broadcaster’s Unearthed project that digs up hidden musical talent. Sweethearts’ musical director Ross Lipson was rapt the hit song Secret has struck a chord with a legion of fans. “We released it on Unearthed and we’re just amazed how quickly it’s jumped up there,” he said. “It has got good air time on Triple J.” The song has climbed to number one on the Unearthed High list and had more than 5000 plays off the competition website in less than three weeks. Mr Lipson said the new-soul performers that fuses Motown sounds had little expectations. “I don’t really think they thought much about it before,” he said.

“But we’re not really that concerned about winning. “It’s all about getting the exposure for the song.” Sweethearts are jetting off to Europe this winter to play a series of festivals for eight weeks. Secret’s songwriter Phoebe Stretton-Smith paid tribute to the band members in bringing her words alive. “To have your own composition so well received by the listeners is amazing,” she said. “I just love the arrangement that the girls create around my song.” The group consists of 27 girls but only half of them perform on their latest title track. Musicians from several schools have joined the bulk of the band’s Matthew Flinders High students on its eighth album.

The total amount borrowed as at 30 June 2010 is expected to be $36.04M. There are no new borrowings proposed in the budget. The total amount projected to be redeemed during the financial year is $4.53M. The projected total amount of borrowings as at 30 June 2011 is $31.51M. The projected interest expense on loans during the financial year is $2.38M. The proposed General Rate to be raised by the application of differential rates and rates pursuant to the Cultural and Recreational Lands Act are set out below: 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 6.10 6.11

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The Independent, Friday May 14, 2010

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