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Council Plan 2017-21 And 2017-18 Budget Adopted

On Tuesday 27 June, Golden Plains Shire Council adopted the Council Plan 2017-21 and 2017-18 Budget at its Council meeting, following a comprehensive community engagement program.

Council Plan 2017-21
The Council Plan, including the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, is a four year plan that describes Council’s mission, vision, values, strategic objectives and directions, and indicators for achievements. It includes the Strategic Resource Plan, which forecasts the financial and non-financial resources required to deliver the Council Plan objectives.

Cr Des Phelan, Mayor said, “This is the first time Golden Plains Shire Council has integrated the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan into the Council Plan”. 

“This means important Health and Wellbeing priorities, developed by Council with the community, are addressed across all areas of Council service delivery,” added Cr Phelan.

Over the next four years, the Council Plan will guide Council across four strategic pillars:
•  Promoting Healthy and Connected Communities
•  Enhancing Local Economies
•  Managing Built and Natural Environments
•  Delivering Good Governance and Leadership. 

2017-18 Council Budget
In line with the State Government’s Fair Go Rates System, the Budget supports an average rate increase of 2.0% per assessment. It sees $14.6M allocated to the construction and maintenance of road and street infrastructure; $9.8M to support and develop our recreation and community spaces and groups; $8.7M to human support services, including children services; and $500K towards community engagement and detailed architectural and engineering designs for a redeveloped Golden Plains Community and Civic Centre. 

Cr Des Phelan says both documents were developed with extensive community consultation.

“The community engagement process for the 2017-2021 Council Plan was the most thorough ever undertaken by Council,” said Cr Phelan.

“Hundreds of residents contributed across Council listening posts, workshops and discussion groups across the Shire, as well as a community survey,” Cr Phelan added.

“The introduction of online submissions for the Council Plan and Budget made it even easier for residents to get involved,” said Cr Phelan.