Good response to early discussions on council plan

by Koel, 31 Jan 2017

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

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.

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