Council Plan 2021-2025 - 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, Community Vision and other strategic documents is now underway and we want you to be involved.

We are in the process of gathering community input into the following strategies.

  • Community Vision - a long-term vision that described they type of Shire you want in the future
  • Council Plan - a four year plan that outlines how Council will play its role in meeting the Community Vision and outlining its strategic priorities
  • Financial Plan - a long-term plan that ensures that Council has the financial resources to implement its plans and strategies over the coming 10 years
  • Annual Budget - a one-year plan that sets out Council income and expenditure in order to implement the Council Plan
  • Revenue and Rating Plan - a four year plan that outlines how Council will generate income to support the implementation of the Council Plan
  • Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan - a plan that outlines how Council will work to promote health and wellbeing across Indigo Shire

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've received terrific feedback from both our online consultation and at our eight community drop-in sessions. We will now focus on developing a draft plan to be presented to the 18 May Council meeting.

If you haven't yet had your say, you can still be involved and provide input and any other ideas.

View draft themes and objectives

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



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.