During the next nine months Strathbogie Shire Council will be calling for the community to share its thoughts, feedback and advice to develop a Community Vision, Council Plan and Financial Plan.
These important documents guide the work of Council over the coming years.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Chris Raeburn said it was essential Council worked with the community to develop these plans.
“This Council is committed to representing our community,” Cr Raeburn said.
“We want to know that Council and our community share the same vision and are moving together towards a better future.
“You will hear me say this a lot, but we can’t do this alone.
“As a Council we’re only successful if we’re meeting our community needs, so we’re asking you to share your vision for the future and help set our focus to get there.”
There will be several stages to the community engagement program and many opportunities for the community to have a say.
Council is kicking community engagement off with a series of face-to-face sessions its calling, Share Strathbogie.
“We’re hitting the streets, heading to townships throughout the Shire to ask our community what they love about living in Strathbogie Shire and what would make it an even better place to live in the future,” Cr Raeburn said.
“We’ll also be asking you for advice on what you might be able to live without.”
For Council balancing service levels with liveability and cost is always a challenge. However, a sustainable financial future for Strathbogie Shire is non-negotiable.
The first Share Strathbogie drop-in session will be held in Strathbogie at the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, February 23.
Mt Wombat Ward Councillor Laura Binks encouraged the Strathbogie community to drop-in at any time from 4pm to 6pm.
“I encourage the community to put their creative thinking hats on. We want our community to think big and help us create a shared vision for our future,” Cr Binks said.
“Together I am sure we can set a positive direction for Strathbogie Shire that makes our home and even better place to live.”
Council will also be offering the opportunity for the community to have their say online and will soon be calling for people to put up their hand to be part of its first ever Community Forum.
Dates and times for all Share Strathbogie drop-in days are below:
Tuesday, February 23
Strathbogie Memorial Hall
4pm to 6pm
Saturday, March 6
Nagambie Lakeside Community Market
9am to 2pm
Saturday, March 13
Avenel Community Market
4.30pm to 8pm
Saturday, March 20
Euroa Farmers’ Market
9am to 1pm
Wednesday, March 24
Longwood Recreation Reserve
4pm to 6pm
Friday, March 26
Violet Town Community Centre
1pm to 5pm
Wednesday, March 31
Tablelands Community Centre
4pm to 6pm