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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.
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.