Council appoints Community Advisory Group

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A representative group of 18 community members has been appointed to the Shaping Central Goldfields Community Advisory Group at a Special Meeting of Council on 29 June, 2021.

The group has been established to help inform Shaping Central Goldfields – a project to deliver a series of strategic documents including the Community Vision, Council Plan and the Financial Plan.

Following an expression of interest process, the group has been appointed to reflect the diversity of the community by location, age, gender and cultural background.

The group includes residents, workers, farmers, volunteers, business owners and ratepayers.

Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor said a more flexible engagement approach was necessary as recent government restrictions had made it difficult to deliver on planned workshops and events.

“The creation of this new Community Advisory Group allows us to engage with our community in a meaningful and purposeful way which also enables Council to fully meet the deliberative engagement requirements of the new Local Government Act 2020.

“Congratulations and thank you to everyone who put their hand up to be involved. It’s wonderful to see so many residents with an appetite to be heard and to directly influence Council decision-making.

“Your input of the Advisory Group will build on the many conversations we’ve been having with the community over recent months as we continue to work together to make our community an even better place to be.”

The following community members were appointed to the Committee:

  • Rebecca Ettridge
  • Bradley Saul
  • Belinda Fabry
  • Felicity Martin
  • Lachlan Fredricksen
  • Adrian Masterman-Smith
  • Riley Upton
  • Michelle Baker
  • Aleisha Borg
  • Alex Lewington
  • Joy Stephens-Jones
  • Jackson Barby
  • Michael Chainey
  • Kerry Stewart
  • Jacqueline Rozenfield
  • Jude Meldrum
  • Charlotte Dowell

*One additional name to be confirmed

Members were appointed by a series of criteria including ability to attend all meetings; over the age of 16 years; diversity to ensure the panel is representative of the demographic makeup of the municipality; and variety of perspectives and points of view.

The group will meet over five workshops between July and September.

Background information:

Feedback received as part of the ‘Shaping Central Goldfields’ project will inform the development of the following strategic documents:

Community Vision: The vision will outline our community’s goals for the future and how it would like the Central Goldfields Shire to grow and develop

Council Plan: A four-year plan that has key strategies and initiatives to be delivered during the Council term that will help achieve the Community Vision

Financial Plan: A 10-year plan that outlines how Council will responsibly manage community funds and ensure it is financially sustainable

Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan: A four-year plan that includes priorities and goals to improve residents’ health and wellbeing

The draft versions of the above documents will be available for community feedback in September.

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