Coun­cil plan sets clear path to fol­low

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Jenna Bishop

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:

Plan for the fu­ture: Moira Shire Coun­cil has adopted a doc­u­ment which sets out its plans and pri­or­i­ties for the next four years.

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