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Advocacy and partnerships

Council plays a role in advocating for the needs of our community with a focus on areas such as transport, housing, education, youth, sport and recreation and aged care services. Better access to broadband and increased reticulated natural gas are also a priority.

Working towards a better future


In addition to working in partnership with agencies and groups to achieve better services for our residents, Council also has an important role to play in representing the community’s interests and needs on issues that we are unable to directly control.

From listening to our community during the MAP 2020 and Council Plan development process, Council has identified 18 projects of strategic importance to the future of our Shire. For more information see our Council Project Priorities publication. Council has supported the development of nine community plans for townships across the Shire.

Working in a partnership


As an advocate for our Shire, Council works in collaboration with many State and Federal Government agencies and organisations that provide services to the community.

Community services partners include Castlemaine and District Community Health Centre, Castlemaine Health
and the Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership.

Council works closely with law enforcement and emergency services such as Victorian Police, the SES and CFA, as well as land and water managers including the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, North Central Catchment Management Authority, Goulburn Murray Water and Parks Victoria.

We also have a number of memorandums of understanding in place to formalise our working relationship.

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