A footpath on a main Cobram street, funding to replace vandalised trees and a call to maintain community health funding were just some of the presentations to Moira Shire Council in last week’s submission hearing.
The session was an opportunity for people to speak to a special committee of council on community submissions to the draft 2017-2021 Council Plan and 2017-18 budget.
There were 18 submissions, spoken to by 17 people, many of whom represented different community organisations.
Cobram’s Judi Burke spoke to council about a footpath along High St, running from Queen St to the Murray Valley Hwy.
The absence of a footpath had prompted concern during last year’s decision to grant a permit for a drive-through bottle shop on the corner of Queen and High Sts, with some residents concerned their only option was to walk along the road.
MHA Care’s Hayley McGregor also spoke, calling on council to maintain the organisation’s $232000 in funding to allow it to continue working in the community, including with vulnerable residents.
Phillipa Schapper also spoke on behalf of the G.R.A.I.N Store, asking for $20000 in funding.
Scott Reserve Committee of Management chair Elizabeth DeMaria spoke to a submission to the council plan, calling for council to replace a number of vandalised trees at Scott Oval.
More than 20 trees were damaged in April by vandals, along with a fence at Scott Oval, causing about $4000 damage.
The saplings had been planted by volunteers just 12 months prior.
Sporting organisations, community groups and residents presented calls for funding, including for the Numurkah Showgrounds, a Yarrawonga Aquatic and Recreation Club Centre, Numurkah Fire Brigade, Luton Park Reserve in Yarrawonga, Tungamah Football Club and Nathalia Showgrounds.
Moira Shire Council will meet tonight and is expected to adopt the draft 2017-18 budget and draft 2017-2021 Council Plan after consideration of the community submissions.