Moira Shire Council has delivered a draft blueprint document to guide and steer the council in the next four years, aiming to create a vibrant shire where people love to live.
The draft Council Plan 2017-2021 was unanimously welcomed by councillors, who voted to put it out for public consideration and comment.
Through four key strategies, the plan aims to ensure the shire will have attractive, welcoming and inclusive communities which are resilient and actively involved in shaping their future, where businesses are supported to thrive, commercial and tourism opportunities are maximised, excellence in waste management and recycling continue to be achieved, and there is a transparent, engaging and accountable governance structure.
Cr Kevin Bourke urged people to go through the plan.
‘‘There’s been a lot of work in putting it together. Exactly as it says, it’s a council plan which sort of dictates where we are looking to go forward,’’ he said.
‘‘As councillors and council staff, it will only go so far in what we believe is the right direction, we seriously need the community’s directions and assistance in correcting any anomalies or providing thoughts.’’
Cr Ed Cox said the document was part of Victorian Government direction following the council election last October.
“As a council, we’ve got four strategic goals: one is a great place to live, two: a clean and green environment, three: a well-run council; and four: pride in the local economy. All of them critical, all of them very short-stated, there’s nothing too wordy,’’ he said.
Cr Wendy Buck said it was best council plan she’d worked on in her seven years at Moira Shire.
‘‘This has to be one of the most cohesive councils I’ve worked with ... and I commend the new councillors for the vision and commitment they’ve put into this council so far,’’ she said.
‘‘These are the priorities council will pursue through advocacy, service delivery, with the involvement of our communities.
‘‘The special council meeting on the fifth of June will hear submissions, so we encourage everyone to put in submissions to the council plan, it’s a fantastic document that we’ve put together. It’s a great document to leverage support and funding for projects in the community,’’ she said.
‘‘The council plan is our key strategic document council has developed, it is the framework in which the budget and strategic resource plan has been developed. It’s the most important document we’re going to do, and I urge you to get on board.’’
Cr Marie Martin urged people to take an interest in the draft plan and see if it aligned with what they were thinking.
‘‘The council is actually you — council has got nine people here and we represent you, and we’d like you to have a look at this and see if this is your view, if this is what you want,’’ she said.
Cr Gary Cleveland endorsed the draft plan and said it was a great blueprint for the next four years.
‘‘I hope we do get feedback from the community, even if they just endorse what we’ve said, or they give us something to consider above and beyond what we’ve got.’’