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Golden Plains Mayor Message – May 2015

This month brings a range of opportunities for you to have your say on issues that are important to you. We also want to acknowledge and thank of all those in the Shire who generously donate their time for the good of others in honour of National Volunteer Week (9-15 May).

Opportunities To Have Your Say
Have your say on the draft Council Budget for 2016/17

Council offers its draft 2016/17 Budget for inspection, together with an updated version of the 2013-17 Council Plan (which also includes the Strategic Resource Plan). 

Council invites the community to view the draft Budget, which can be found on Council’s website at and in hard copy at our Linton and Bannockburn Customer Service Centres and the Bannockburn Library from Monday 2 May.

Get involved in the Golden Plains Shire Northern Settlement Strategy
Council is working on a Northern Settlement Strategy to guide sustainable development in the northern half of the Shire to 2030.

Consultation with the community is the key to ensuring a useful and meaningful strategy. Throughout May and June you can be involved in a range of ways:  go to our website and have your say through an online survey, review the settlement profile for your area and take the opportunity to meet our land use planners at our informal drop-in session held in your area. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more information.

Access and inclusion in Golden Plains Shire
Council is developing a new Access and Inclusion plan for 2017-2020 and invites you have your say through the Access and Inclusion Survey and/or by participating in one of three Community Forums. 

Have an input into the new plan by visiting our online consultation page at Feedback will assist us to identify any barriers to access and inclusion and to continue to improve Council services and facilities.

Reporting back on the Community Engagement Strategy
Council received 820 completed Community Engagement surveys. The passion contained in the responses confirm that we are on the right track – you can find out more about what we heard by reading our Draft Progress Report on our website.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community, and on behalf of Golden Plains Shire Council I would like to say an emphatic ‘thank you!’ to all that give their time, effort and passion for others. 

We will be holding three events to celebrate these wonderful people, as well as sharing some volunteer stories and our short, celebratory video – check it out at

Cr Des Phelan
Mayor, Golden Plains Shire Council