Consideration of new Council Plan

May 17, 2017

Moira Shire Council is seeking community, business and stakeholder feedback on its priorities for the next four years following the release of its draft 2017-21 Council Plan.

In line with the Local Government Act, council must prepare and adopt a Council Plan by June 30 of the year following a council election.

The Council Plan is a key strategic document providing a framework to support council decisions on budget allocation and service delivery for each of the four years of the council term.

Mayor Gary Cleveland said since the October elections councillors and staff had worked together to develop a set of shared priorities for what they wanted to achieve for Moira.

“We believe the new vision, goals as well as the tone of the Council Plan reflects our Council, the needs of our shire and the priorities our community expects from us,” Cr Cleveland said.

“We are now asking the community to tell us if they agree.

“We want our shire to be a great place to live, with a thriving local economy, a clean, green

environment and a well-run council.

“Our success will be measured by whether our community and stakeholders agree.”  Cr Cleveland said the Council Plan was a key document for the community to consider because it would guide the development of council’s annual budgets beginning with the draft 2017/18 budget that has also been released for public feedback.

“Our Council Plan sets the priorities for the next four years - our annual budgets put the priorities into action,” he said.

“With the right priorities from the start, we can all be confident that we are building and

delivering the right programs and services in the right locations across our shire.”

Cr Kevin Bourke said the Council Plan was a comprehensive document which endeavours to dictate where council will be going forward.

“We need the community’s input,” Cr Bourke said.

“We can only go so far in where we believe we should go and we need the community’s assistance.

“I am encouraging as much community participation as possible.”

Cr Wendy Buck said the 2017-2021 Council Plan was the best plan she had worked on.

“This council is one of the most cohesive council’s I have worked with and I commend all my fellow councillors on their commitment and dedication,” she said.

“We are going back to basics with the support of the local communities.

“It is a fantastic document.

“Community groups can actually pull pieces out of the plan to put in with submissions for future funding or grants.”

Council will consider all feedback received by 5pm Thursday, June 1 and will consider the submissions prior to a Special Council Meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 14 when council may adopt the Council Plan with or without amendment.

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