Call to shape town plan


RES­I­DENTS are in­vited to come along and have their say on is­sues in the area at this week’s ‘com­mu­nity plan’ meet­ings.

As the cur­rent com­mu­nity plan is due to ex­pire, the Ad­vance Heath­cote com­mit­tee is work­ing with coun­cil to de­velop a plan to help shape Heath­cote for the next three years.

The ses­sions will give res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to have their say on what the Heath­cote com­mu­nity needs.

Ad­vance Heath­cote pres­i­dent Peter Maine said com­mu­nity in­put is vi­tal to the cre­ation of the plan.

“Hav­ing a for­malised plan means coun­cil can fix the is­sues af­fect­ing res­i­dents, it helps iden­tify what’s im­por­tant to the peo­ple of Heath­cote,” Mr Maine said.

“The key thing is we have a clear and work­able plan to present to City of Greater Bendigo.

‘‘This lets us se­cure fund­ing in the bud­get for com­mu­nity projects.

“We hear anec­do­tally what peo­ple want changed but this gives every­one the chance to raise an is­sue they feel is im­por­tant in a for­mal way.

“It could be any­thing from street light­ing to foot­paths and gar­dens.”

Mr Maine said while the com­mit­tee has a range of is­sues they feel are im­por­tant to the town, com­mu­nity in­put is needed to de­velop the ideas fur­ther.

“We’re call­ing for new is­sues,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll be pre­sent­ing our ac­com­plish­ments from the cur­rent plan and iden­ti­fy­ing is­sues we feel are im­por­tant, but we need peo­ple to have their say.

“The com­mit­tee needs to see who’s se­ri­ous about what, and res­i­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to put any­thing for­ward.

“We can achieve what peo­ple ask for, we just need it to be for­malised so we can ask for it to be in­cluded in the bud­get.”

The com­mu­nity plan meet­ings will be held on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 17 at 2pm and 6pm at Bar­rack Re­serve.

This lets us se­cure fund­ing in the bud­get for com­mu­nity projects.— A’dvance Peter Maine, Heath­cote pres­i­dent

Ad­vance Heath­cote pres­i­dent Peter Maine is call­ing on the com­mu­nity for in­put into a three-year plan for the town.

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