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Golden Plains Shire Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message 
As we near the end of the year, I would like to address some community concerns that have been raised with Council recently.

This feedback included a feeling of lack of consultation between Council and residents. Council ran a ‘Speak Up’ survey and consultation program in late 2014/early 2015, and has since established a new online platform called ‘Have Your Say’, to make feedback on Council strategies quicker and easier for residents. Community feedback and interaction is very important in the success of Council initiatives having a positive impact of our community, and Council appreciates the time and effort residents take to do this.

In terms of rate capping, Council would like to categorically state that it will not apply for any variation from the State Government’s proposed plan to cap rate rises for the 2016/17 financial year. There will be opportunity for the community to provide input to the budget, and details of how residents can have their say will be communicated closer to the time.

Waste disposal was also raised as an issue. Council completed a community consultation plan before making any changes, including a survey, multiple community meetings, public notices and a poster campaign. We engaged with the community about the changes, and proceeded on that basis. The new system, and therefore our residents, has produced a substantial reduction in landfill waste with an average increase in recycling of 69 tonnes per month over the three months, and we are proud of this positive environmental impact.

Continuing in the environmental theme, Golden Plains Shire residents (and business owners) have the opportunity to ‘Detox your home’ by disposing of unwanted home chemicals on Saturday 5 December from 10am-4pm at the Ballarat Transfer Station, Gilles Street South, Ballarat. Find out more in the ‘Latest news’ on our website.

All Golden Plains Shire Councillors, managers and staff work tirelessly for the people of Golden Plains and are proud to have such an active and committed community across the Shire. I hope you have a great month.