Your Say on Council's new Plan

Published on 18 April 2017

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The ‘Have Your Say’ Council Plan campaign is helping Murrindindi Shire Council set its direction for the next four years. 

Mayor Charlie Bisset said, "It’s great to see the community has really got behind Council’s efforts to increase its engagement, and the feedback to date from the survey and the four community workshops has been awesome.  

“We are delighted to see the community’s on board and increased their levels of engagement and willingness to be involved in shaping the Shires future,” Cr Bisset said. 

“We heard really important and valuable information. People value;

  • Living in a caring, strong, safe and connected community where people look after one another. 

  • Our rural lifestyle and beautiful natural environment, within easy reach of Melbourne.

  • Opportunities for recreation and events in the Shire and the attractions that contribute to our quality of life.

  • Innovative services provided by the Council which focus on the customer. 

“We received loads of great ideas and visions for the future of the Shire and how to make it an even better place to live. For example, people wanted Council to focus on;

  • Building prosperity and vibrancy in the Shire, through economic development and enhanced tourism attractions.

  • Increasing the range of economic opportunities, including employment, for those living here and to attract others to move here or to visit.

  • Ensuring our towns are attractive and that our communities are healthy and connected.

  • Delivering services in a financially responsible way.

  • Increasing access to waste services and transportation options.

  • Increasing the range of community events, activities and recreation facilities.

  • Protecting our environment and its scenic beauty. 

Cr Bisset said as a result of the survey and with the support of the participants in the community workshops, Council now has four ‘themes’ in its Plan. These are, our People, our Places, our Prosperity, and our Promise to the Community. A range of activities will flow from these themes which will be the focus of Council’s work.  

“As with all plans we need to make sure our work is tracking well over the upcoming four years, and so are including ways to measures success which will help us – and you – assess our progress in completing our planned activities,” she said. 

“We will shortly be putting the draft Plan (including the Strategic Resource Plan, which provides the financial planning information, which supports the proposed activities within the Council) out for public comment for a month, from 1 May 2017.  It is also expected more details about the survey results will be available on Council’s website following Easter.”