Moira Shire councillors have unanimously welcomed the 2017-2021 Council Plan, which identifies council’s strategic, operating and investment priorities.
The plan was adopted at a special meeting on June 14 after a number of consultation opportunities with the community and includes the Strategic Resource Plan 2017-2021.
To reflect the submissions, the plan has been amended to give greater recognition of indigenous communities and partnerships council aims to build and more appropriately align with the Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy.
Council plans to address a number of other submissions through current or future budgets or the development of future strategies.
The plan focuses on four key strategies to drive the future of Moira Shire: a great place to live, a thriving local economy, a clean and green environment and a well-run council.
Council’s vision is ‘‘working together to be a vibrant and prosperous rural community’’.
Cr Marie Martin said she felt ‘‘very proud’’ of the plan, which had been put together with feedback from the community.
‘‘I think it’s very easy to read and I think it covers everything very well, and people have had the opportunity to match that up with our budget, because our budget is a reflection of what our four-year plan is,’’ Cr Martin said.
‘‘As we’ve reflected in our budget, I think we’ve looked after the community pretty well, right across the community.
‘‘It’s something (for) all of us, council staff and councillors, this will be our reference and there to check we’re following through the aims and objectives.’’
Cr Kevin Bourke thanked his councillor colleagues, council staff and community members who helped shape the plan.
‘‘I think this is a good plan and it holds us in good stead moving forward,’’ he said.
Cr Ed Cox said the council plan was an incredibly important document.
‘‘As a new council, we’ve come together and this sets our strategic council plan direction for the next four years,’’ he said.
‘‘I think as a plan for this council for the next four years, it really sets us in a really good spot and we know that we’ve got challenges as an organisation, but to act on behalf of and advocate on behalf of our community, we certainly need documents like this that we can present to other levels of government to back up what we’re thinking.
‘‘I think this council should build on the right path as we go forward.’’
Cr Libro Mustica said council needed to make sure it was listening to local businesses and understanding their needs and offering support to understand the regulatory processes.
He said council needed to understand workforce needs and encourage opportunities through access, inclusion and training, while making sure it meets set targets.
‘‘At the end of my term, I want to be able to look at this document and tick off that yes, we did our best to increase job opportunities and help businesses develop and grow and set up in our region, and that we’ve acted in the best interests of the community and the decisions will not adversely impact future generations, but it is a great plan,’’ Cr Mustica said.
●Copies of the plan are available from the council offices in Cobram and Yarrawonga, or online at: www.moira.vic.gov.au