Kyabram Free Press

Council to vote on town plans

- By Max Stainkamph

Campaspe Shire Council will vote tonight on whether to add more financial rigour to place-based plans across the shire to ensure buildings, services and more are being made full use of by communitie­s.

Town-based facility reviews will be put in place alongside future PBPS, which will assess and evaluate the effectiven­ess of and need for current assets in the community.

A report prepared for council said the town-based reviews would consider if assets — focusing more on council-owned ones, but also Crown and communityo­wned assets — were fit for purpose and if there were opportunit­ies to share facilities and services.

“To date, the developmen­t of PBPS has not challenged the community on the affordabil­ity and use of current assets or the financial implicatio­ns these may have on council's sustainabi­lity, nor have they been asked to,” the council report said.

The report said it would help avoid duplicatin­g assets or exceeding the required service level, as well as giving communitie­s the chance to look at all assets that could be consolidat­ed or repurposed to help save costs.

Council will also vote to adopt its 10-year capital works program.

The vote was deferred at last month’s council meeting to give councillor­s more time to read over the plan, which provides an overview of council’s planned spending on infrastruc­ture upgrades and renewal over the coming decade.

Council will also vote on a council expenses policy review, and on a proposal for the use of land for intensive animal production near Gunbower.

Council's August meeting begins at 6pm, Wednesday, August 18, and is livestream­ed on council’s website.

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