Mayor and CEO hit road to help shire realise 20-year vision

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Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Murray Emerson and CEO Liana Thompson will be visiting communities across the shire to understand residents’ priorities for the next 20 years.

As part of the Northern Grampians Shire Vision 2021 project, community forums will be held in towns across the municipality to allow residents direct input in the long-term future plan for our region.

The Shire Vision 2041 will give focus to the 2021-25 council plan and will inform successive council plans until 2041 to empower the community to inform Council’s priorities.

The Shire Vision is a brand-new document that will be formed entirely on the basis of this direct community consultation. This work begins from the ground up, with the community, now.

The township roadshows will provide community members with economic and population data about our region and ask them to identify what they value, what they want to keep, what they want to improve and what their wish is for 2041.

Residents are invited to come along and contribute to an ideas wall, complete a hard copy of the survey and discuss your priorities with the Mayor and CEO.

A printed version of the survey will also be provided in local papers from the week starting 1 February for residents to fill out and bring along to the meetings to have their say on the vision.

Catch the roadshow on Wednesday 10 February at:

• Glenorchy Memorial Community Hall, 29 Forest St, Glenorchy from 9.30am to 11am

• Great Western Mechanics Institute, 103 Main St, Great Western from 12pm to 2pm

• Halls Gap Hub, 117 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap from 3pm to 5pm

On Thursday 11 February at:

• Stuart Mill Community Centre, 1126 Stuart Mill Low Rd, Stuart Mill from 9am to 11am

• Navarre Clubrooms, 47 Cambridge St, Navarre from 12pm to 2pm

• Marnoo Hub, Park Road, Marnoo from 3pm to 5pm

On Wednesday 17 February at:

• The Perry Room in the Town Hall, 40 Napier St, St Arnaud from 9am to 11am

• The Stawell Town Hall at 59-69 Main St, Stawell from 12pm to 2pm

Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Murray Emerson, said when launching the project at council’s Australia Day events the Shire Vision will create a series of unified goals for the region.

“The Shire Vision is the first time we are bringing our communities together and uniting as a shire to identify what our joint goals should be for the next 20 years,” he said.

“Involving community members in discussion about the challenges and constraints facing our region, helps us all plan a better future for Northern Grampians Shire.

“It is the first time we are looking so far into the future and looking for all of our communities together to let us know what challenges we need to overcome to make the shire a better place for people to visit, invest, work and stay.”

“I encourage you to get involved, collaborate and contribute to make this the ‘big picture’ for us all.”

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