Ac­tion for the com­mu­nity

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil­lor Bar­bara Alexan­der has made a rep­re­sen­ta­tion on be­half of the Com­mu­nity Plan Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mit­tee at the Fed­eral In­quiry into Re­gional Devel­op­ment and De­cen­tral­i­sa­tion.

Cr Alexan­der made sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions which in­cluded:

Im­proved ac­cess to re­li­able telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and pub­lic trans­port, in­clud­ing a re­li­able rail-link with Mel­bourne.

En­cour­ag­ing the Fed­eral Govern­ment to im­ple­ment a pop­u­la­tion dis­per­sal strat­egy, in­clud­ing rel­e­vant sup­port ser­vices which fa­cil­i­tates sus­tain­able growth.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the work, knowl­edge and skills that al­ready ex­ist in Be­nalla; as well as iden­ti­fy­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to fur­ther in­vest and de­velop key ca­pa­bil­i­ties for fu­ture economies to pros­per and grow.

Fos­ter­ing on­go­ing part­ner­ships with ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion providers, such as GOTAFE and Charles Sturt Univer­sity, to up­skill the lo­cal work­force.

A whole of com­mu­nity ap­proach work­ing in part­ner­ship with lo­cal, state and fed­eral govern­ment, com­mu­nity groups, busi­nesses and sport­ing clubs to help drive eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

The re­gional devel­op­ment and de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion in­quiry was put into place on the rec­om­men­da­tion of Fed­eral Mem­ber for Indi Cathy Mc­Gowan.

De­cen­tral­i­sa­tion as a tool for re­gional devel­op­ment has the po­ten­tial to de­liver growth and pros­per­ity and is an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop a plan which works to­wards a more co­he­sive, vi­brant, in­clu­sive re­gion.

The in­quiry is an op­por­tu­nity to em­bed the needs of re­gional Aus­tralia into pol­icy mak­ing as well as recog­nis­ing the re­gions’ in­di­vid­ual strengths and cir­cum­stances.

One fifth of sub­mis­sions came from the Indi elec­torate, more than any other.

The rec­om­men­da­tions put for­ward by Cr

●●●●●Alexan­der were iden­ti­fied as part of the Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Plan.

It was over­seen by a com­mu­nity-based steer­ing com­mit­tee with 11 independent com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives from across Be­nalla.

The Plan, which was de­vel­oped and launched in 2016, out­lines broad ob­jec­tives and strate­gic di­rec­tions for strength­en­ing live­abil­ity, sus­tain­abil­ity, in­clu­sive­ness and re­silience.

Cr Bar­bara Alexan­der

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