- Published on Monday, 03 April 2017 10:00
Continuing to lobby the State Government to improve the main road network in Corangamite Shire is a strong focus of a new four year Council Plan.
Economic development, community planning and good financial management are also key focal points, ensuring that Council remains in a healthy and secure financial position in the long term.
The draft plan, now released for public comment, has been a work in progress since the new Council was elected last October and needs community input before it goes to Council for adoption in May.
The plan contains six major themes:
- Governance and financial sustainability
- Vibrant economy, agriculture and tourism
- Built and natural environment
- Safe and healthy communities
- Organisational performance
Mayor Jo Beard said a number of goals and targets relate to each theme in the draft plan.
“The plan sets out Council’s goals when it comes to managing community facilities and delivering services over the next four years. Some are broad, and others are aimed specifically at addressing issues such as the declining population and low Year 12 (or equivalent) attainment rate.”
“Improving our roads is the highest priority and that is what we hear loud and clear from our communities.”
She added the plan needed to reflect what communities wanted to be relevant.
“It sets the tone for the next four years and is the document we often refer back to in our decision-making.”
“As community representatives, each Councillor has been involved in the plan’s development, but it is really important that residents now have their say to ensure it is a genuine reflection of what our communities want and which direction they want this Council to head in.”
The draft plan is available in hard copy at the Civic Centre in Camperdown, all public libraries and Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre.
Mayor Beard said Council would also ask for feedback via the Corangamite Shire Facebook page over the next month.
Submissions close 5 pm, Monday 1 May 2017.