Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted its four year Council Plan, outlining the vision, approach, priorities and strategies that will guide Council’s work through to 2021.
Mayor for Mount Alexander Shire Sharon Telford said the plan will give Council the direction it needs to manage the shire’s assets, accept the challenges and continue to improve our services and facilities.
“A great deal of community energy and thought has gone into developing the plan and identifying objectives across three pillars - Our people, Our place and Our economy,” said Cr Telford.
“Actions in the plan will help us to deliver our new vision for the shire - Mount Alexander: Innovative, creative, connected,” she said.
“An innovative, creative and connected community is a terrific summary of what Council hopes to achieve for our community and the Council Plan will help us deliver.
“We have considered many factors in the plan such as community feedback, our place in the region, the needs of our community, our existing resources, infrastructure maintenance, key strategies and what the community want the shire to look like.”
“For the first time we have included our Health and Wellbeing Plan and Disability Action Plan into the Council Plan highlighting the importance of our work in these areas.”
A number of changes have been incorporated into the plan following community feedback.
“The most significant change as a result of community feedback is the inclusion of a strategy to support and promote the cultural and artistic communities,” said Cr Telford.
“This includes actions like supporting local activities and events, reviewing cultural facilities and venues, promoting the economic benefits of the arts, and strengthening relationships and support for arts-focused government initiatives.
“With input from nearly 600 people, we feel confident the Council Plan is a fair reflection of our community’s aspirations.
“Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback over the past eight months. Your input has been invaluable in helping to create a well-balanced plan.
“Council will now get on with delivering the objectives of the Council Plan by implementing actions outlined in the Annual Budget and Annual Plan. We will continue to regularly report on our progress to the community,” she said.
Council will submit the plan to the Minister for Local Government by 30 June 2017.
The Council Plan 2017-2021 is available for view on Council’s website www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au and at the Civic Centre in Castlemaine.
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Council Plan 2017 – 2021
Mount Alexander: Innovative, creative, connected.
Our people | Our place | Our economy
Our people strategic objectives:
Socially connected, safe and inclusive communities
Local services that support the needs of our community
Improved health and wellbeing
A welcoming place for all
Our place strategic objectives:
Well managed assets for now and into the future
A clean and green community
Well planned for growth
Our economy strategic objectives:
A creative and innovative economy
Great opportunities for education and technology
innovative and sustainable organisation