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Council wants ideas for budget

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February 17, 2017

Residents, businesses and visitors to Moira Shire can help inform the first budget and the four-year funding and service priorities of the recently-elected council by sharing ideas and views as part of its Budget Feedback program.

Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said with a new council in place, it was the perfect time for councillors and the community to develop and test the priorities for council’s four-year term.

‘‘We are encouraging all age groups and interests to share their ideas on our future funding and service priorities,’’ Cr Cleveland said.

‘‘This will help us develop a four-year plan that we can deliver within the new restrained environment of rate capping — beginning with our 2017-18 budget.’’

Since beginning its community feedback program in December, council has received a range of suggestions.

‘‘It’s great to see diverse ideas coming in. In some cases the community is calling on council to take a stronger role in advocating for services including medical and mental health services and better phone, mobile and internet services,’’ Cr Cleveland said. ‘‘Other ideas are more concrete — literally — for example, calls to address missing links in our footpath networks.

‘‘With rate capping firmly in place and our challenges of multiple service locations across a large geographic area, there is a need to prioritise how we direct available rate and grant funding to maintain council’s long-term financial sustainability.’’

The community can share ideas online, by email, mail or in person at council’s service centres in Cobram and Yarrawonga.

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