Moira Shire councillors unanimously endorsed the 2017-2021 Council Plan identifying council’s strategic, operating and investment priorities at a special meeting last week.
This plan was developed in consultation with council, management and officers as well as the wider Moira community which included councillor-hosted drop in sessions across the shire.
In a report submitted to council and approved by CEO Mark Henderson it said following the adoption by council, the plan would “become the primary guiding document for management and officers in determining their programs, works and services to be delivered over the next four years”.
“Council received 14 written submissions in response to the statutory consultation process,” the report said.
“Following community feedback and consideration of the submissions, the Council Plan has been amended to give greater recognition to our indigenous communities and the partnerships we aim to build over the life of this Council Plan; and more appropriately align with the Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy to which Moira Shire is a signatory.”
Cr Marie Martin moved the recommendation to adopt the Council Plan and said she felt “very proud” of the plan.
“We have worked very hard to develop this,” Cr Martin said.
“The plan is easy to read and covers everything very well.
“It also matches up with our budget which reflects directly what our four year plan is.”
Cr Kevin Bourke, who seconded the motion, said he wanted to take the opportunity to thank his fellow councillors and Moira Shire staff for their time and effort.
“It was a fairly long process,” Cr Bourke said.
“I firmly believe we’ve arrived at a great result.
“I would also like to thank the community for their input.
“This plan will hold us in good stead moving forward.”
Cr Ed Cox said as a newly elected council, they had come together and set the direction for the next four years of governance.
“It took a bit of toing and froing but this plan sets us in a really good spot,” Cr Cox said.
“We have challenges to advocate on behalf of our communities and this document backs us up when we talk to other government departments.
“I would like to thank the submitters for their contributions.”
Cr Libro Mustica also spoke in favour of the Council Plan saying this was the first task the new council dealt with.
“There was a great deal of time spent working on this,” Cr Mustica said.
“It is our responsibility as councillors to ensure the officers follow through with the plan and the actions we have set out.
“We have to make sure we meet our targets and the economic development plan is implemented smoothly.
“In future I want to look back and see we’ve done our best to encourage business and job growth in the shire.”
Moira Shire’s 2017-2021 Council Plan is now available at the shire offices in Yarrawonga and Cobram or go to the website www.moira.vic.gov.au.