Kyabram Free Press

Funding to put Ky plan into action

- By Max Stainkamph

Kyabram will receive $15,000 from Campaspe Shire Council towards getting its Place Based Plan off the ground.

At its meeting on July 21, council passed the funding for the plan, which includes short-, medium- and long-term goals for the town spread across four key focus areas.

Those areas are health, welfare and social wellbeing; industry, education, and training; natural and build environmen­t; and retail and tourism.

The plan lists 12 short-term projects, eight medium-term projects and a handful of long-term and advocacy and support projects ranging from an off-leash dog park to improving the visual appeal of town entrances to developing a rail trail between Kyabram and Echuca.

Kyabram Developmen­t Committee chair Tania Chiswell said the plan would give Kyabram “a good sense of direction”.

She said community involvemen­t had been integral to putting together a plan that reflected what Kyabram wanted and needed, with more than 900 locals having their say in the consultati­on process.

“The plan is a true reflection of Kyabram’s long-term strategic needs and ambitions, and a solid pathway forward to maintain momentum and achieve identified projects,” Ms Chiswell said.

“The plan also aligns with regional strategic priorities and issues as identified by government bodies and peak agencies.

“We now want to get the wider community involved, set up smaller groups to drive projects.

“This way residents get to work on projects they have a particular interest in, and no-one gets overloaded with too much work.”

Council budgeted $15,000 in 2021-22 towards the seed funding of projects identified within the Kyabram Place Based Plan.

Ms Chiswell said council staff were engaging with the program and dedicated staff members assigned to Kyabram were helping the plan come to life.

“There hadn’t been someone working out of Kyabram for a long time, and now we’ve got someone out of the offices here and meet with council regularly,” Ms Chiswell said.

Campaspe Mayor Chrissy Weller said she commended the Kyabram community members for their commitment to developing the plan.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the focus of the community never wavered,” Cr Weller said.

“There was extraordin­ary dedication and effort shown by the Kyabram Developmen­t Committee to gather as many opinions and ideas as possible from local residents."

The plan is available on council’s website.

Anyone in joining a subcommitt­ee is encouraged to get in contact with the Kyabram Developmen­t Committee at kydevelopm­ent@hotmail.com

 ??  ?? The Kyabram Developmen­t Committee, including members Peter Nelson, Vicki Neele, Karyn Grealy and Tania Chiswell, has been helping put together the Kyabram Place Based Plan.
The Kyabram Developmen­t Committee, including members Peter Nelson, Vicki Neele, Karyn Grealy and Tania Chiswell, has been helping put together the Kyabram Place Based Plan.
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