Submissions on Mount Alexander Shire Council’s draft Council Plan and Proposed Budget recently closed and Councillors this week heard from community members who opted to speak to their submission.
Twenty one community members shared their views on a variety of topics including pedestrian safety, tracks and trails, the importance of the arts, affordable housing, local food production, diversity, inclusion and more.
“Thank you to everyone who provided a submission and those who took time to speak to at our Council meeting,” said Sharon Telford, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.
“Everyone spoke respectfully, eloquently and passionately, and each submission will be carefully considered,” said Cr Telford.
“We heard from many individuals and groups in support of our planned investment in local tracks, trails and footpaths, and our aim to create a connected community that is accessible to all members of the community.
“We also received positive feedback on our desire to be an innovative community, use our resources for greatest impact, and work closely with local groups and organisations.
“We heard submissions about the need to work with the community to make real change to improve access and inclusion, in recognition of our ageing population and the many people living with a disability or caring for someone in our shire.
“We also heard passionate and articulate submissions from the arts community as a number of submitters spoke about greater recognition of the economic and social benefits of the arts sector.
“We have had a fantastic response from the community, with 137 submissions on the draft Council Plan and budget,” she said.
Councillors will now consider the submissions and prepare to adopt the final budget and four-year Council Plan at the Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 20 June.