Help shape the future of our Shire

Submissions closing on 30 April 2021, 10:59 PM

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Planning for the development of a new Council Plan and Community Vision is now underway and we want you to be involved.

The Council Plan will guide the best use of Council resources and service delivery over the next four years.

To be able to reflect the needs and aspirations of our community, we need to understand what is important to you in the immediate future and also, how you would like to see Indigo Shire evolve over the next decade and beyond.

We’re starting the conversation with two simple questions:

1. What are your long-term hopes, dreams and aspirations for Indigo Shire?

For example, describe the kind of community you want to be a part of and leave as a legacy for future generations.

2. What are the key areas you want Council to focus on over the next four years?

For example, greater support or advocacy to help the Shire recover from the pandemic, a stronger focus on preparing the Shire for more natural disasters as a result of climate change, more sustainable and appropriate planning across the Shire to cater for population growth, better roads and footpaths etc.

We're also keen to know what you see as the Shire's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Click here to tell us your thoughts

This important feedback will give us a good starting to point to begin shaping the plan and our long-term vision.

* Please note the dates in the timeline are indicative at this stage and subject to change. Dates, times and locations for the face-to-face engagement will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

Let’s talk

The Council Plan is the key document that each new Council must develop to determine its key goals and priorities over the next four years.

We will develop our Council Plan and Community Vision in accordance with deliberative engagement practices and community engagement principles, as required in the Local Government Act 2020.

At a critical time of transition, especially in light of the 2020 summer bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic, the Council Plan is an opportunity for us to engage with our community in a conversation about our shared vision and priorities for the future.

Over the next few months, we want to hear from as many of you as possible about how you would like to see our Shire evolve over the next decade and beyond, but also what you want us to focus on over the next four years.

There will be many opportunities for you to get involved to ensure your voice is heard. We’ll be hosting community drop in sessions, pop-ups and taking it to the streets to ask you what matters most. (Subject to COVID-19 restrictions at the time)

Right now you can share your thoughts and ideas for both the Community Vision and Council Plan priorities by completing this form.

You'll also find more details about the engagement process as well as links to documents that you may find useful, including the existing Council Plan 2017-2021.

Warm regards

Jenny

 

A Community Vision is an aspirational description of what our residents and ratepayers want for the future of Indigo Shire.

It captures what community members most value about their community. It sets out the future hopes, dreams and aspirations for the community for at least a ten-year period.

As part of this engagement process, we will be actively seeking to hear from all voices within our community.

We know it can be challenging to think about what you might like to see happen in the next 5 years, let alone 10. There’s no such thing as a silly idea but we suggest we all put our heads together to develop some realistic goals to help shape our Shire into the best it can be.

 Join the discussion to tell us your long-term vision for Indigo Shire.

We've learnt a great deal over the past four years by listening to the community and producing strategies and plans that respond to our community’s values and needs.

These strategies have long term goals that focus on particular areas such as health, recreation, arts, culture, economy and the environment. The strategies developed by Indigo Shire Council in partnership with the community also inform the current four-year Council Plan which expires in June 2021.

You can read the current plan to find out what has been achieved and to also inspire your thinking around what you would like to see in the new plan. Completed strategies and plans referenced in the Council Plan 2017-2021 are available to view and download on our website.

 

We have a range of engagement activities planned to enable as many community members as possible to participate. Activities proposed from now until the end of March 2021 (Subject to COVID-19 restrictions at the time), include:

  • Online discussion via our Have Your Say page
  • Community drop-in sessions (dates, times and locations to be confirmed)
  • Pop up engagements in community locations throughout the Shire (dates, times and locations to be confirmed)

These and future opportunities will be widely promoted via our website, Weekly Update newsletter, Facebook Page, local newspapers and posters at key locations throughout the Shire.