Draft ‘blueprints’ for Shire released for public review

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Nillumbik Shire Council has released four major draft strategic documents that will guide the future direction of the Shire for the next four years and beyond.

The draft Community Vision – Nillumbik 2040, Council Plan 2021-2025, Nillumbik Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025, and Financial Plan 2021-2031 are now available at Participate Nillumbik for the community to review and provide feedback until Thursday 26 August.

Councillors endorsed the public exhibition of the four draft plans at Tuesday night’s Council meeting.

Mayor Peter Perkins said the strategic documents were developed with the community feedback from the Our People, Our Place, Our Future engagement program in February and March this year.

“With the community’s input, we have tried to capture the essence of what is so great about our community and Shire, and our aspirations for the future,” Cr Perkins said.

“These draft plans are important because they will guide the strategic direction of Shire for the next four years and beyond.

“I encourage everyone to take a look at the plans at Participate Nillumbik and provide us with your feedback and thoughts.”

Deputy Mayor Frances Eyre said more than 2000 people shared what was important to them as part of the Our People Our Place Our Future program.

“Our community has played a vital role in shaping these plans,” Cr Eyre said.

“Thank you to those who took the time to tell us what you value and what you think Council’s priorities should be.”

The community can view each of the documents and provide feedback at participate.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/our-future.

Submissions close 11.59pm, Thursday 26 August 2021.

Printed copies of each of the plans are also available to view, subject to current COVID-19 restrictions, at the Shire Offices in Greensborough, the Hurstbridge Community Hub, Eltham Library, Eltham Community and Reception Centre, Eltham Leisure Centre and the Diamond Creek Community Centre.

Draft Council Vision – Nillumbik 2040

Council’s draft community vision is a reflection of what the community said it valued during the community engagement process.

The vision will help shape all Council’s strategic documents and will assist in long-term planning.

It is centred around the four themes of Our People, Our Place, Our Future and Our Council with a list of aspirations for each area.

Draft Council Plan 2021-25

The draft Council Plan outlines how Council will deliver on the priorities of the community, based on the community vision, over the next four years.

It is built on four themes which each have their own objectives and strategies:

  • Community and connection
  • Place and space
  • Sustainable and resilient
  • Responsible and accountable.

Nillumbik Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025

Council has a key role in shaping healthy, thriving communities. Legislation requires Council prepare a Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan every four years.

The plan covers the priority areas of:

  • Social inclusion and connection
  • Community resilience
  • Gender equity and prevention of family violence
  • Physical activity
  • Food
  • Reducing harm from alcohol, tobacco and gambling.

Financial Plan 2021-2031

The draft Financial Plan provides a forecast view of the financial sustainability of Council over ten years, with services to be maintained at current levels and continued management of Council’s significant community asset portfolio.

The financial plan highlights the importance of financial management and oversight to enable the delivery of the actions listed in the Council Vision and Council Plan.

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