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Community Encouraged To Input Into Council Plan


Golden Plains Shire Council is working with the community to produce a new four year (2017-2021) Council Plan.


The Council Plan 2017-2021 will guide how Golden Plains Shire Council will deliver projects, facilities and services to make the Shire an even better place to live and Mayor, Cr Des Phelan, is urging the community to participate.

“The Council Plan is so important – it is like a roadmap to getting where we want to be as a Shire over the next four years. We really want to work with our community to determine the strategic directions and objectives we’ll be working to.”

“This is a great opportunity for people to give us their views and ideas of what they want our Shire to be – the community wants to be heard and we want to hear them,” he said.

From late November, residents, ratepayers, businesses and government partners will have the opportunity to provide input on priorities for four themes that reflect the key service areas of Council in a variety of ways, including a survey and a review of the draft Council Plan.

Council’s community engagement process includes opportunities for residents to:
•  Provide their views in a survey (open from 5 December – 15 January)
•  Share their thoughts at one of five listening posts at events around the Shire
•  Participate in one of three community workshops (to be held in Smythesdale, Rokewood and Bannockburn on 17, 18 and 19 January)
•  Join a Community Reference Group and
•  Provide feedback on the draft Council Plan.

Cr Phelan said Council is keen to get as much community input as possible to inform the Plan.

“Council will collate all the input received into key themes and issues, and consider them when setting priorities for the Council Plan. We want the community to see themselves and their priorities reflected in this important document.”

The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, which sets out the broad mission, goals and priorities to enable people living in the municipality to achieve maximum health and wellbeing, will also be incorporated into the Council Plan.

Residents who would like to find out more about how they can get involved, including completing the survey online, are being asked to visit www.goldenplains.vic.gov.au/consultations.