Early Years Strategy
Thank you to the entire Indigo Shire community for your engagement in the development of this important strategic document. It will help ensure Council works to improve developmental outcomes for children across the Shire. Some of the specific actions the strategy will prioritise include:
- Investigate an early years hub in Chiltern
- Support and assist kindergartens in the transition to funded 3-year-old kindergarten through infrastructure improvements coordinated by Council
- Increasing participation in playgroups across the Shire
- Approximately 100 people attended Kids Voice Sessions in Rutherglen, Chiltern, Beechworth, Yackandandah and Kiewa/Tangambalanga.
- 117 families completed an online survey.
- Two workshops for early years’ service providers, attended by 21 people.
- Meeting with Council officers, including a meeting of Maternal and Child Health nurses.
- An online survey completed by nine different early years’ service providers.
- Meeting with key stakeholders from the Wahgunyah community.
Play Parks Review and Strategy
Thank you to the entire Indigo community for your engagement in the development of this important strategic document. The Play Parks Review and Strategy will help improve accessibility in parks and play spaces, include nature play in any upgrade or new play space design and improving the diversity of play spaces that offer different opportunities for play and leisure unique for each township's demographic.
Some of the specific actions the strategy will prioritise include:
- Develop a regional place space incorporating local identity and unique play opportunities in Chiltern
- Install drinking fountains in several locations such as Rutherglen, Kiewa and Chiltern
- Improve accessibility at several location across the Shire
- Over 100 people participated in Kids Voice Sessions that were held in Beechworth, Rutherglen, Chiltern, Yackandandah and Kiewa-Tangambalanga. The sessions gave people the opportunity to discuss key issues and opportunities for play spaces across the Shire.
- A shire wide survey was also available online, with 74 people responding to the survey, providing insight on the issues and improvements that could be made to play in Indigo Shire.
- A council workshop was conducted to assist in the development of guiding design principles and classification hierarchy that will enable clear planning process across all play spaces.
- The engagement has directly informed the development of this strategy and the key opportunities that are presented.
- A meeting with key stakeholders from the Wahgunyah community also took place.
These ideas have been collated to inform our Early Years Strategy 2019-2024 and Play Parks Review and Strategy 2019-2029.