Gan­nawarra high­lights its pri­or­i­ties

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

THE Gan­nawarra Shire Ad­vo­cacy Strat­egy 2018-2021 has been adopted by coun­cil.

Ad­vo­cacy is a process that chal­lenges in­equities by col­lab­o­ra­tively and ac­tively work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties and key stake­hold­ers to bring about changes in pol­icy, process, prac­tice and at­ti­tudes in or­der to en­sure com­mu­ni­ties’ rights are up­held.

“In re­cent years coun­cil has spo­ken out on a broad range of is­sues im­por­tant to Gan­nawarra com­mu­ni­ties and the wider re­gion, such as pub­lic trans­port, sup­port for agri­cul­ture and fund­ing for im­por­tant in­fra­struc­ture projects,” mayor Lor­raine Lear­month said.

“This doc­u­ment helps to high­light the pri­or­ity in­fra­struc­ture and pol­icy needs for Gan­nawarra Shire Coun­cil over the 2018-2021 pe­riod.

“This means we have spent time writ­ing to gov­ern­ment depart­ments and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, mak­ing sub­mis­sions and sit­ting down with de­ci­sion-mak­ers, par­tic­i­pat­ing in cru­cial meet­ings and net­works and im­prov­ing local aware­ness through com­mu­ni­ca­tion.’’

The high­est pri­or­i­ties coun­cil in­tends to pur­sue on be­half of the local com­mu­nity are de­tailed in this strat­egy and in­clude; fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity, con­nec­tions for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, lakes, river­front and wa­ter­front de­vel­op­ment, in­vest­ment in re­new­able en­ergy and healthy com­mu­ni­ties.

A copy of the ad­vo­cacy strat­egy is avail­able for pub­lic view­ing on­line via gan­nawarra.vic.gov.au/Coun­cil/Doc­u­ments-and-Pub­li­ca­tions or in per­son at Kerang and Co­huna cus­tomer ser­vice of­fices.

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