Mount Alexander Shire Council Plan - your say, your shire

Last chance to have your say on Council Plan

Thank you to everyone who contributed ideas to the Council Plan 2017–2021. Around 500 people shared their views through the Your Say, Your Shire survey, and provided feedback at listening posts and on the summary of community consultation themes.

Throughout this process we have received many great ideas about how to continue to make the shire a great place to live. Where possible we have incorporated the ideas and priorities of our community into the plan.

The draft Council Plan is now available for public comment.

The plan outlines strategies and actions across three pillars: our people, our place and our economy. It also includes how we will measure success.

The objectives in the plan will help to achieve the new vision for the shire – Mount Alexander: innovative, creative, connected.

Objectives are:

Our people

  • Socially connected, safe and inclusive communities

  • Local services that support the needs of our community

  • Improved health and wellbeing

  • Welcoming to all.

Our place

  • Well managed assets for now and into the future

  • A clean and green community

  • Well planned for growth.

Our economy

  • A creative and innovative economy

  • Great opportunities for education

  • An innovative and sustainable organisation.

Read the draft Council Plan to find out the actions we will take to achieve these objectives and how we will measure success.

Have your say

We encourage you to have your say on the draft Council Plan

Submit feedback or ideas for inclusion by 5.00pm on Wednesday 24 May.

Email your submission to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au, or post to Council Plan submission, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450.

Last chance to have your say on Council Plan

Thank you to everyone who contributed ideas to the Council Plan 2017–2021. Around 500 people shared their views through the Your Say, Your Shire survey, and provided feedback at listening posts and on the summary of community consultation themes.

Throughout this process we have received many great ideas about how to continue to make the shire a great place to live. Where possible we have incorporated the ideas and priorities of our community into the plan.

The draft Council Plan is now available for public comment.

The plan outlines strategies and actions across three pillars: our people, our place and our economy. It also includes how we will measure success.

The objectives in the plan will help to achieve the new vision for the shire – Mount Alexander: innovative, creative, connected.

Objectives are:

Our people

  • Socially connected, safe and inclusive communities

  • Local services that support the needs of our community

  • Improved health and wellbeing

  • Welcoming to all.

Our place

  • Well managed assets for now and into the future

  • A clean and green community

  • Well planned for growth.

Our economy

  • A creative and innovative economy

  • Great opportunities for education

  • An innovative and sustainable organisation.

Read the draft Council Plan to find out the actions we will take to achieve these objectives and how we will measure success.

Have your say

We encourage you to have your say on the draft Council Plan

Submit feedback or ideas for inclusion by 5.00pm on Wednesday 24 May.

Email your submission to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au, or post to Council Plan submission, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450.

  • Stage 2 - Community Consultation Available

    about 1 month ago

    Mount Alexander Shire Council is continuing the development of its four-year plan, with a summary of community feedback and future direction of the plan available for comment.

    More than 350 residents and community groups provided input through the Your Say, Your Shire survey. Many more people shared their views about the direction of Council at listening posts in December and January.

    We have summarised the feedback across three areas – our people, our place, and our economy – and listed the priorities we heard from the community,” said Sharon Telford, Mayor of Mount Alexander... Continue reading

    Mount Alexander Shire Council is continuing the development of its four-year plan, with a summary of community feedback and future direction of the plan available for comment.

    More than 350 residents and community groups provided input through the Your Say, Your Shire survey. Many more people shared their views about the direction of Council at listening posts in December and January.

    We have summarised the feedback across three areas – our people, our place, and our economy – and listed the priorities we heard from the community,” said Sharon Telford, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

    “Community feedback highlighted the need to maintain and improve infrastructure and facilities, prioritise the upgrade of footpaths and cycling connections, and support development while protecting heritage and the environment,” said Cr Telford.

    “We also heard that Council should continue to partner with local groups, advocate for improved health services, and encourage wellbeing programs for young people and the elderly,” she said.

    “The community also encouraged Council to support local businesses, jobs and development, embrace innovation and promote tourism more broadly.”

    “Council has now come up with ideas about how we can address these priorities, with specific actions included in our draft Council Plan.

    “It’s important that we get this right and make sure Council’s priorities are aligned with those of our community.

    “We want people to tell us what they think. Is this the right direction for the next four years? Are we missing anything?

    “Feedback is due in the first week of April to allow us time to incorporate any additional actions into our draft Council Plan.

    Please complete the survey on this website.

    The community will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Council Plan, which will include specific actions on Council’s goals and priorities. The draft plan will be available for public comment from Wednesday 19 April to Friday 17 May alongside the Council Budget 2017/2018.

  • Good response to early discussions on council plan

    3 months ago

    The development of a new vision for Mount Alexander Shire Council is well underway following a good first round response from the community on the development of the council plan.

    Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Sharon Telford said council would like to thank everyone who provided their feedback through the Your Say, Your Shire survey, or who attended a listening post.

    “Your views are helping Council understand what our community really wants and needs,” said Cr Sharon Telford.

    “The community’s aspirations will help set the direction for the provision of services over Council’s four-year term,” she said.

    Council is collating the... Continue reading

    The development of a new vision for Mount Alexander Shire Council is well underway following a good first round response from the community on the development of the council plan.

    Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Sharon Telford said council would like to thank everyone who provided their feedback through the Your Say, Your Shire survey, or who attended a listening post.

    “Your views are helping Council understand what our community really wants and needs,” said Cr Sharon Telford.

    “The community’s aspirations will help set the direction for the provision of services over Council’s four-year term,” she said.

    Council is collating the results and will draw on information received from the consultation, in recently adopted strategies, and community plans to develop the draft vision and strategies.

    “Some of the common themes coming through are the value placed on our close-knit community, the community support services we provide, and the continued demand for quality facilities and infrastructure,” said Cr Telford.

    “Many people identified an opportunity to further develop the variety of events that celebrate our arts, heritage, culture and other passions to drive tourism and boost the local economy.

    “There was also room for improvement on communication and collaboration with the community.”

    While the first round of consultation has closed there will be more opportunities to provide feedback on the draft plan over the coming months.

    “If you missed out, this is just the start of the process. Council plans to test the draft strategies with the community in March,” said Cr Telford.

    Look out for information in the local newspapers and our website, or visit www.haveyoursay.mountalexander.com.au/council-plan2021.

    Common themes

    • Value of community connection - the most loved aspect of our Shire was the friendly, strong, inclusive and close-knit nature of the community.
    • Community services are vital – People want more support for the community with services and facilities, including improvements to waste management and more tailored health and wellbeing programs for young people and the elderly.
    • Community events bring prosperity – There is an opportunity to further develop heritage, arts, cultural and other events to drive tourism and bring economic benefits.
    • Infrastructure is key - The maintenance and supply of quality recreation, infrastructure and building facilities are a priority and one of our community’s biggest challenges.
    • Better information and engagement – there is room for improvement on Council communication, engagement, and collaboration with the community.


  • Fact Sheets

    5 months ago

    We have put together fact sheets for each of the specific areas discussed in the detailed survey. The fact sheets include information about what each specific areas includes, our partners in this area, relevant facts and statistics and existing plans and strategies.

    Click here to view and download a fact sheet.


    We have put together fact sheets for each of the specific areas discussed in the detailed survey. The fact sheets include information about what each specific areas includes, our partners in this area, relevant facts and statistics and existing plans and strategies.

    Click here to view and download a fact sheet.


  • Self guided conversation toolkit

    5 months ago

    A conversation toolkit has been prepared to help interested community members have conversations with the community and stakeholders about the Mount Alexander Shire Council Plan.

    The information in this guide will give you a good understanding of the project, tips for organising conversations, a conversation workbook and useful information. In this guide you will find:

    • Project background
    • Hosting a conversation
    • Useful definitions

    A conversation toolkit has been prepared to help interested community members have conversations with the community and stakeholders about the Mount Alexander Shire Council Plan.

    The information in this guide will give you a good understanding of the project, tips for organising conversations, a conversation workbook and useful information. In this guide you will find:

    • Project background
    • Hosting a conversation
    • Useful definitions