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Council adopts plan for the next 12 months

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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council has released its Annual Plan 2017/2018, outlining 66 key projects and actions it intends to complete over the next 12 months.

Council adopted the plan at its Ordinary Meeting of Council this week.

Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire, Sharon Telford, said the Annual Plan contains many projects to help the shire achieve its vision of being innovative, creative and connected.

“We have included projects that help and support people of all ages, from young babies and children, through to seniors and the elderly,” said Mayor Telford.

“The plan includes nearly $4 million of road and bridge renewals, along with drainage and footpath improvements across the shire,” she said.

“We will also continue to invest in the upgrade to the junior sporting hub at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve.”

All actions in the Annual Plan are linked to objectives listed in the four-year Council Plan, which involved feedback, input and suggestions from nearly 600 people in the community.

Highlights of the Annual Plan 2017/2018 include:

• Investigate and locate a site for the construction of an off-lead dog park.
• Advocate for the construction of a new hospital in Castlemaine.
• Complete initiatives of the Action Plan for Reconciliation.
• Deliver the Youth Wellbeing Project to local secondary students and extend the program to parents and teachers in local primary schools.
• Develop a profile of demand and opportunities for retirement accommodation.
• Create an annual Street Tree Planting program.
• Work with project partners to scope the Maldon streetscape conservation project and seek government funding.
• Develop service models for Waste Management and Resource Recovery.
• Progress the implementation of the Harcourt Growth Plan.
• Work with project partners to support the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park development.
• Build capacity within small business community by offering skills based workshops, mentoring and business festivals.
• Assist in the delivery of the 2018 Regional Centre for Culture Program.
• Develop options for the future use of and management of Phee Broadway Theatre.
• Implement a corporate Facebook page.

Projects and initiatives contained in the Annual Plan are fully funded in the 2017/2018 Budget.

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