Murrindindi Shire Council puts people first

Published on 17 May 2017

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Murrindindi Shire Council puts people first

 Celebrating and supporting people and communities within Murrindindi Shire is one of the four priority goals Council has set for itself in its draft Council Plan for 2017-2021. 

Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor Charlie Bisset said one of the best things to come out of the recent ‘Have Your Say’ community engagement was the immense value people placed on having a caring, diverse and well-connected community in which to live.

“The feedback we received from the community about the importance of living in a place with a strong sense of belonging, inclusion and participation was heard loud and clear by the Councillors,” she said. 

“As community members ourselves, we understand the importance of community connection.   And as Councillors, we are really excited about having the opportunity to work collaboratively with the community to help support and celebrate those connections. 

“We want to build on this strength in the Shire by encouraging collaboration within the community.   We know Murrindindi Shire has one of the highest volunteering rates in the State, and we want to celebrate that fact and support more people to become involved”, said Cr Bisset.

“The feedback we received through the ‘Have Your Say’ conversation also gave us some great ideas about how we could better support the community to collaborate and plan for the future, including opportunities for networking, sharing skills and resources and promoting volunteering options”.

“There is already so much to celebrate about our communities. They are all amazing. ‘Have your say’ suggestions included the idea that that Council helps people of all ages through opportunities to come together and celebrate what is great about their community and the Shire, including events and arts and cultural activities.  We also want to encourage a kind of environment that supports our youth to grow, participate and have fun”.   

“The community also wants us to ensure health services are accessible to all, including the older adults within our community.  We want to work together with partner agencies to ensure people of all ages can access the health and community services they need.”

“The other three goals are ‘Our Prosperity’, which focuses on building a growing and thriving economy; ‘Our Place’, which focuses on enhancing the liveability of the Shire; and ‘Our Promise’ which outlines Council’s undertaking to be responsive and accountable to the community,” said Cr Bisset.

The draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and draft Budget for 2017-2018 were released for public comment and submissions on 1 May until 1 June 2017.

Electronic versions of the Council Plan and Budget can be downloaded from our website at www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay .  Copies are also available for viewing at Council Offices in Kinglake, Yea and Alexandra and also at Visitor Information Centres in Marysville and Eildon.

“I encourage everyone to read these documents and provide feedback on the draft Council Plan and the Budget so that we can have a shared understanding of the work that needs to happen over the next four years.” added Cr Bisset.  

Comments and submissions about the draft Council Plan and Budget can be sent via email to msc@murrindindi.vic.gov.au, hand-delivered to a Council office or posted to Murrindindi Shire Council, PO Box 138, Alexandra, VIC, 3714.   All enquiries should be directed to the Coordinator, Governance and Performance at councilmeeting@murrindindi.vic.gov.au or on 5772 0333.