Mayor’s Col­umn

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Hello ev­ery­one, I hope you had fan­tas­tic fes­tive break and man­aged to cool down to es­cape the heat. I am very ex­cited to in­tro­duce one of the new­est and most im­por­tant projects the Town has ever un­der­taken – the Evolve pro­ject! The Evolve pro­ject has a rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent ap­proach to tra­di­tional lo­cal govern­ment prac­tises, where we will be ask­ing the com­mu­nity to tell us what the vi­sion for the Town’s fu­ture should be. We’re pre­par­ing a set of strate­gic doc­u­ments to guide the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Nor­mally, th­ese doc­u­ments are pre­pared and pre­sented in draft form to the com­mu­nity, who are then asked to pro­vide com­ment. The Town is turn­ing this process on its head and try­ing some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent by tak­ing the com­mu­nity on the jour­ney from the start and ask­ing you to tell the Town how it should be plan­ning for the fu­ture based on your needs and wants. Un­der­tak­ing this level, and type of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment on a pro­ject is un­prece­dented for the Town and will be a point of dif­fer­ence with Evolve. We want to be able to have gen­uine and open con­ver­sa­tions with the com­mu­nity about the ar­eas where you feel you are be­ing over or un­der ser­viced so that we can un­der­stand your pri­or­i­ties, and your ex­pec­ta­tions. The Evolve pro­ject will im­pact ev­ery sin­gle per­son liv­ing, work­ing and vis­it­ing the Town and we want you to get in­volved! So head to and have your voice heard. Plus I’d like to wish an early Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Happy New Year!) to our Chi­nese com­mu­nity, who cel­e­brate Chi­nese New Year on 8 Fe­bru­ary this year. There will be some great events hap­pen­ing in the Town, so check our web­site closer to the date. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to an­other vi­brant and re­ward­ing year in the Town of Vic­to­ria Park.

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Mayor Trevor Vaughan

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