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Consultation - Have Your Say

Council values your comments towards its plans and projects for the future.

Have your say on Council Plan

Your say, your shire

The draft Council Plan is now available for public comment until Wednesday 24 May.

The plan outlines strategies and actions across three pillars: our people, our place and our economy. It also includes how we will measure success.

The objectives in the plan will help to achieve the new vision for the shire – Mount Alexander: innovative, creative, connected. Objectives are:

Our people
• Socially connected, safe and inclusive communities
• Local services that support the needs of our community
• Improved health and wellbeing
• Welcoming to all.

Our place
• Well managed assets for now and into the future
• A clean and green community
• Well planned for growth.

Our economy
• A creative and innovative economy
• Great opportunities for education
• An innovative and sustainable organisation.

Read the draft Council Plan 2017-2021.

Submit feedback or ideas for inclusion by 5.00pm on Wednesday 24 May.

Email your submission to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au, or post to Council Plan submission, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450. Please indicate whether you would like to speak to your submission at the Special Meeting of Council to be held at 6.30pm on 30 May 2017 at the Civic Centre (corner of Lyttleton and Lloyd Streets, Castlemaine).

There will also be opportunities to discuss your feedback at Councillor Listening Posts. Times and locations will be advertised in our weekly column in the Midland Express and at http://haveyoursay.mountalexander.com.au/council-plan2021.

Make a submission on the Proposed Budget

Council has released its 2017/2018 Proposed Budget for community consideration, and is encouraging members to make a submission.

The $38.06 million budget seeks to maintain and improve infrastructure, deliver on projects and services valued by the community and achieve Council’s vision – Mount Alexander: Innovative, Creative, Connected.

Rates will increase by an average of 2% under the Victorian Government’s Fair Go Rates System, down from the previously planned 2.8%. Kerbside bin collection charges will increase by an average of 3.1% per property.

The proposed budget will deliver a $13.37 million Capital Works Program, up $4.5 million from the 2016/2017 financial year.

To make a submission please forward a letter to the Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine, VIC, 3450, or send an email titled 2017/2018 Budget Submission to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

If you would like to speak to your submission at the Special Meeting of Council please indicate this in your submission.

Key dates
• Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 5.00pm – closing date for public submissions.
• Tuesday 30 May 2017 at 6.30pm – Special Meeting of Council to hear budget submissions, Civic Centre, Castlemaine.
• Tuesday 20 June 2017 at 6.30pm – adoption of the 2017/2018 Budget at Ordinary Meeting of Council, Civic Centre, Castlemaine.

2017/2018 Proposed Budget
2017/2018 Proposed Budget Summary
Media release - Proposed budget released for comment.

Councillor allowances

Council is required to review the level of Councillor and Mayoral allowances payable and wishes to seek community input into setting these allowances. The range of allowances payable is set by the State Government. Council is only able to amend the allowances in the future if the Minister for Local Government undertakes a review and amends the categories of councils or otherwise increases the levels payable.

At its meeting held on Tuesday 21 March 2017 Council considered the level of allowances payable and is proposing to retain the allowances at the maximum level. The Mayoral allowance will be $59,257 per annum and the Councillor allowance $19,834 per annum. Any decisions Council takes in regard to setting the level of allowances will be fixed for the term of this Council through to 2020. An amount equivalent to the superannuation guarantee (currently 9.5%) is payable in addition to these amounts.

Council is interested in seeking community input into this decision. Submissions must be in writing and lodged no later than Tuesday 26 April 2017. If any person wishes to make a verbal presentation to support their submission they should state so in the submission. These persons will be heard by the Council at its Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

Submissions should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, and be delivered or sent to the Civic Centre, Cnr Lyttleton and Lloyd Streets, Castlemaine, via post to PO Box 185 Castlemaine 3450 or email to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au. All submissions will be considered in accordance with section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989. For more information contact Suellen Pepperell, Manager Governance and Customer Service, on 5471 1700.

Read the public notice.

Proposed Supermarket in Castlemaine - Amendment C073 & Planning Permit PA072/2013

This planning scheme amendment and associated planning permit relates to the proposed development of a supermarket in Castlemaine. To learn more, visit the Planning Scheme Amendment C073 webpage.

General feedback

Council is interested in gaining your feedback to help provide better services to you. Please complete the form below to provide your comments or feedback.

Council Feedback Form
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