Coun­cil changes bud­get process to gather ideas early

Mansfield Courier - - News -

DO you have an idea for the com­mu­nity?

If it aligns with the Coun­cil Plan and has com­mu­nity ben­e­fit, Mans­field Shire Coun­cil would like to hear from you.

Coun­cil will seek com­mu­nity in­put into the 2020 – 2021 bud­get ear­lier than usual, and started with their stand at the bush market on Satur­day.

Mans­field Shire Coun­cil mayor Harry Wes­ten­dorp said coun­cil­lors will lis­ten to, and cap­ture, the com­mu­nity’s ideas for the bud­get.

“Af­ter re­ceiv­ing over 230 sub­mis­sions on our draft bud­get this year, we de­cided to start the process early for next year,” he said.

“We are ask­ing for the com­mu­nity’s in­put be­tween Novem­ber and early Jan­uary.

“Peo­ple can talk to us at any time.

“In mid-Novem­ber, the on­line sub­mis­sion site on our web­site will open for writ­ten sub­mis­sions.”

Cr Wes­ten­dorp said the de­ci­sion re­flects the strate­gic di­rec­tions from the Coun­cil Plan.

“We want to in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion and part­ner­ships with the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“From this year’s ex­pe­ri­ence we know that our res­i­dents and ratepay­ers have great ideas that con­trib­ute to build­ing an in­clu­sive, dy­namic and pros­per­ous place with strong com­mu­nity spirit.

“By ask­ing for the ideas now, it gives the com­mu­nity time to put to­gether the in­for­ma­tion we will need to con­sider in or­der to shape how we al­lo­cate our bud­get.”

The com­mu­nity will also have the op­por­tu­nity to make sub­mis­sions when the draft bud­get is re­leased in April next year.

For more in­for­ma­tion about how to put your idea for­ward, please con­tact coun­cil on 5775 8555.

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