On Wednesday 21 June 2017 Murrindindi Shire Council formally adopted its Council Plan 2017-2021 and Budget 2017-2018 during a Special Meeting of Council.

Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor Charlie Bisset said the Council Plan and Budget reflects the new and different flavour of the new Council and incorporates the views and priorities provided by the community, through the ‘Have Your Say’ community engagement.

“Three of the key messages in this Plan – listening to the community, making Council easier to do business with and supporting business and community development – will remain at the forefront of Council’s priorities. The budget supports achievement of those messages”, said Cr Bisset.

“Every year Council faces the ever-increasing challenge of doing more with less, while providing the best possible value for our residents’ hard-earned rates dollars.

“This year our Budget challenge is no different, however the ‘Have Your Say’ campaign has allowed our communities to identify their priorities for the Shire and has provided the direction we need to get started. In our Budget we have limited average rate increases to the State

Government’s rate cap of 2% and have provided a one year freeze on rate increases for businesses.

“Council is working hard to better explain what it does, improve transparency and ensure it listens to the community. This Plan is only the start of the conversation – Council will be asking everyone to keep ‘Having Your Say’ for the life of the four year Plan.”

“Council has taken a new approach to thinking about its work, by concentrating on four priority areas based on community feedback. These are ‘Our People’, which focuses on strengthening community participation and involvement; Our Place, which focuses on enhancing the livability of the Shire; Our Prosperity which focuses on building economic opportunities and Our Promise which outlines Council’s undertaking to be responsive and accountable to the community."

Cr Bisset said agreeing our strategies and strategic indicators were only the first steps of the process, and these were requirements under Victorian legislation.

“The next stage is to incorporate community feedback in annual action and implementation plans, which will put ‘meat on the bones’ of the strategies. Having annual plans will allow us to be innovative, nimble and flexible in how we work with our community and respond to its changing needs. This will be an ongoing conversation with our community over our four year term”, she said.

Copies of the Council Plan and Budget are available to view and download here:

http://bit.ly/2swU4Ep

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