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Plans and strategies

Information about Council plans and strategies which set the direction for programs and services each year.

Arts Strategy 2011-2015

The Mount Alexander Shire Arts Strategy 2011-2015 was prepared following a community engagement process, a review of arts activity in the Shire and relevant policies and plans. This strategy follows the Council Plan 2009-2013 objective: “to encourage a vibrant community that promotes participation in the arts and an appreciation of our cultural heritage”.

Three broad goals of the art strategy 2011–2015 are:

• Valuing the vibrant arts and cultural sector’s contribution to the Shire
• Nurturing the sustained growth of arts and cultural industries
• Celebrating and promoting cultural activity in Mount Alexander Shire

Read or download the Arts Strategy 2011-2015

The arts strategy was revised in 2015. To view the outstanding actions read the Arts Strategy Action Plan 2015-2017.

Bendigo Region Destination Management Plan

Bendigo Regional Tourism (BRT) is a peak regional tourism body, formed in 2013, as an initiative of the City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire, Central Goldfields Shire, and Loddon Shire Councils. BRT commissioned the development of the Bendigo Region Destination Management Plan (DMP) which provides a strategic approach to growing tourism in the Bendigo Region over the next five years. To view the plan click here and to view associated attachment click here.

Budget 2017/2018

Council adopted the 2017/2018 Budget at its Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 20 June 2017. The $37.36 million budget seeks to maintain and improve infrastructure and deliver projects in line with the new 2017/2018 Council Plan.

To meet this goal, rates increase by an average of 2% under the Victorian Government’s Fair Go Rates System. The Land Management Rate discount for eligible properties increases from 10% to 20%. The Municipal Charge for all properties will be reduced from $188 to $96.

Kerbside bin collection charges increased by an average of 3.1% per property to maintain rubbish and recycling services. The budget allocates $12.68 million to capital works projects to improve infrastructure such as roads, bridges, footpaths and buildings. Visit the budget page in news and publications to view or download the 2017/2018 Budget.

Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020

Human influence on the global climate system is responsible for global warming and the related impacts on people and ecosystems and so strong and effective global and local action on climate change is in everyone's interest.

The Mount Alexander Shire Council Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020 outlines more than 60 actions that Council will take to radically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change vulnerability.

The action plan states Council's commitment to becoming carbon neutral in 2025. It was adopted by Council on the 14 June 2016.

Read or download the Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020.

Community Engagement Framework

The Community Engagement Framework has been developed to support the implementation of Council’s Community Engagement Policy. Council is committed to engaging with the community and ensuring clear and thorough communication through all community engagement undertakings.

Click here to access the Community Engagement Framework.

Community Services and Facilities Review

Council engaged K2 Planning in March 2010 to undertake a review of community services and facilities in the Shire. The objectives of the review were to:

a) Develop a clear understanding of who provides what, where and to whom;
b) Determine to what extent community services and facilities meet people’s needs; and
c) Identify what roles Council may play to improve access to community services and facilities.

The final report, endorsed by Council at its meeting of 8 March 2011, highlights issues and barriers to access, ranging from gaps in service coverage to difficulties that particular groups are experiencing in knowing what is available and ways of accessing these services.

The report includes an audit of existing health and community services in the Shire. This may assist service providers and residents in providing information about what is available and how to access these services.

Council will use the report findings to engage with service providers and funding bodies to advocate for improved services across the Shire.

Click on the link to access the Review of Community Services and Facilities in Mount Alexander Shire.

Council Plan and Annual Plan

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday 20 June 2017, Council adopted the Council Plan 2017-2021, which guides Council’s activities for the next four years.

The plan outlines Council’s objectives, strategies and performance measures across three pillars Our people, Our place and Our economy. It also includes Council's vision - Mount Alexander: Innovative, creative, connected.

Nearly 600 people provided input into the plan through the Your Say, Your Shire survey, Councillor listening posts and submissions on the draft.

Our Annual Plan details the activities we will conduct to support the objectives and strategies in the four-year plan.

Read the Council Plan 2017 - 2021.

Read the Council Plan 2017-2021 as a Word document. Please Contact us if you require the document in another format.

Read or download the 2017/2018 Annual Plan.

Read the 2016/2017 Annual Plan highlights.

Customer Service Strategy

The purpose of the Customer Service Strategy is to set out the organisation’s commitment to customer service excellence and outline the key actions to be taken to achieve continuous improvement in customer service performance.

The plan sets out service standards that can be expected and provides a focus for the whole organisation to improve our performance in order to meet the community’s expectations.

To view the strategy, please click on the hyperlink, Customer Service Strategy.

Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021

Council recognises that pets play an important role in the day to day lives of many people, and strives to support pet owners and promote the health and social benefits of responsible pet ownership. This is done in conjunction with making sure that our environment and lifestyle is protected from any potential negative impacts of domestic animals.

The aim of the Mount Alexander Domestic Animal Management Plan is to ensure that people and pets can live harmoniously in our community.

The Plan was developed in consultation with the community and key stakeholders and adopted by Council on 17 October 2017.

Read or download the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021.

Economic Development Strategy 2013-2017

Council has recently adopted the Economic Development Strategy 2013-2017.

The strategy’s vision is as follows:

“Mount Alexander will be one of regional Victoria’s most attractive places to live, work, and visit with sustainable growth and investment in a local economy increasingly structured around innovative, highly skilled, and service oriented businesses”.

This vision is to be realised through the following six objectives, under which forty one specific strategies have been formed to implement the Strategy.

Objective 1: Ensure that Council’s planning and policies support economic development.
Objective 2: Promote collaboration and innovation.
Objective 3: Provide targeted learning, skill development and business support.
Objective 4: Ensure that resources and infrastructure support business growth and innovation.
Objective 5: Improve factors that impact on liveability.
Objective 6: Promote Mount Alexander as a desirable place to live or visit.

To view the Economic Development Strategy 2013-2017 click here.

To view the Mount Alexander Shire Economic Profile 2013, which accompanies the profile, click here.

Electrical Line Clearance Management Plan 2017

The Electrical Line Clearance Management Plan outlines Mount Alexander Shire Council’s compliance with the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2015 (Vic).

It outlines the management responsibilities, procedures and practices to be adopted and observed in managing vegetation in the vicinity of electric lines and to minimise danger of electric lines causing fire or electrocution.

The plan is specific to Council-managed vegetation in the vicinity of powerlines that may encroach on the minimum clearance space of the powerlines, as prescribed in the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2015 (Vic) within the Declared area of Castlemaine. It excludes Council managed trees outside the Declared area of Castlemaine, or privately owned trees interfering with overhead powerlines. Pruning of these trees is the responsibility of Powercor.

The plan has been prepared in accordance with the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and with Regulation 9 – Preparation of Management Plan, Part 2 of the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2015 (Vic).

Read or download the Electric Line Clearance Management Plan 2017

Environment Strategy 2015-2025

Council adopted the Mount Alexander Shire Council Environment Strategy 2015-2015 at the Ordinary Meeting on 28 July 2015.

The strategy sets out Council’s long-terms goals and strategic approach to environmental stewardship over the next ten years, under eight priority areas. Eight priority areas for action fall under the overarching themes of partnerships, positions and programs to guide Council’s work in environment and sustainability.

They include partnering with the community and external organisations, reducing resource consumption and improving resource recovery, protecting natural environmental assets, integrating Council’s response to climate change, leading by example and incorporating environmental and sustainable considerations into decision making.

The Environment Strategy will be reviewed every four years, and strategic actions implemented as part of the strategy will be reported in the Annual Plan each year. Council will also undertake further consultation with the community when developing action plans in priority areas, and to develop the monitoring and evaluation plan for the strategy.

Flood Management Plan 2015

North Central Catchment Management Authority has developed the Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton Flood Management Plan, in partnership with Mount Alexander Shire Council.

The development of the plan was guided by a steering committee comprising representatives from various statutory agencies and the community. Feedback and input from the community has influenced the recommendations in the plan.

The plan will be considered for adoption by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on 10 November 2015.

Read more about the Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton Flood Management Plan 2015.


Gaming Policy Framework

Council adopted a Gaming Policy Framework at its 14 December 2010 meeting. The purpose of the frame and policy is to guide decision-making on applications for electronic gaming machines and venues in the Shire. The Gaming Policy Framework identifies areas within the Shire that may be more vulnerable to gambling problems, based on socio-economic and demographic indicators.

Click on the link to view the Mount Alexander Shire Gaming Policy Framework

Gender Equity Statement

Council adopted Mount Alexander Shire Council's Gender Equity Statement at it's meeting on 11 March 2014. The purpose of a gender equity statement is to publicly demonstrate Council's commitment to gender equity, both within Council's operations and in the community.

Greenhouse Action Plan 2011-2015

Learning from the previous Plan, this Greenhouse Action Plan aims to provide strategic guidance and specific actions to assist Council to comprehensively quantify and manage its greenhouse emission profile resulting from the operations and services it delivers to the community.

Focusing primarily on managing its own emissions, the Plan will assess which approaches provide the best financial and environmental outcomes in regard to mitigating and managing its greenhouse emissions exposure across the organisation.

Click on hyperlink to access the Greenhouse Action Plan

Heritage Strategy 2012-2016

Council has prepared a strategy to guide its actions in relation to heritage over the next four years. This strategy provides a road map for building on the achievements of the past to enhance the broadest interpretation of heritage and build pride and activity across our organisation and community. It calls on both the Council and the community to play significant roles working collaboratively in a planned and efficient manner to achieve great things. Local government is able to do a great deal in protecting heritage, however it is in working in partnership with the community that there is even more scope, and this document provides strategies and actions for the community as well as Council.

Click on the link to access the Heritage Strategy and Appendices.

Honeycomb Bushland Reserve Environmental Management Plan 2016

Council worked closely with Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare and McKenzies Hill Action and Landcare Group to produce an Environmental Management Plan for Honeycomb Bushland Reserve, a 17-hectare reserve at Campbells Creek.

The five-year plan aims to protect and preserve the natural, cultural and recreational values of the reserve and provide a space for the community.

The Honeycomb Bushland Reserve Environmental Management Plan 2016 was adopted by Council on the 14 June 2016.

Council has a Memorandum of Understanding to manage the reserve with both Landcare groups.

Interim Disability Action Plan 2015-2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council recently adopted an Interim Disability Action Plan (iDAP) 2015–2017. The Plan outlines Council's commitment to actions that will improve access for people with disabilities to Council services, facilities and information.

The Disability Action Plan is structured under four objectives, which are to:

1. Reduce barriers faced by people with disabilities in accessing goods, services and facilities
2. Reduce barriers faced by people with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment
3. Promote inclusion and participation in the community of people with disabilities
4. Achieve tangible changes in attitudes and practices that discriminate against people with disabilities

The four objectives above are part of the Victorian Disability Act (2006) and provide the framework for Disability Action Plans.

Download a word version of the Interim Disability Action Plan.

Download a PDF version of the Interim Disability Action Plan.

Investing In Play 2014-2024

Let's Play - Investing In Play 2014-2024 offers planning principles and standards to guide the ongoing provision of play spaces across the shire.

The strategy provides a framework for determining the location of play spaces, the type of play elements and environments considered, along with renewing and upgrading play spaces.

Investing in Play 2014-2024 was formally adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 22 July 2014.

Investing in Sport: A strategic plan for Council's investment in sport

In the 2009-13 Council Plan, the Strengthening our Community section states that -

“It is Council’s goal is to provide an attractive environment where people have access to the facilities they need to engage in a range of recreational, cultural and social interests” and that “it is Council’s desire to provide services that attract and retain families and encourage young people to stay in the Shire, as well as services that support the ageing population and enable them to participate in community activities.”

With both these visions in mind the Investing in Sport: A strategic plan for Council’s investment in sport document was released recently. Council adopted The Strategic Plan For Councils Future Investment In Sport at its Ordinary Meeting of 14 December 2010.

The Plan identifies key issues and drivers of change that Council must consider when planning and developing sport and recreation facilities in the future. The Plan outlines changes and planning for the development of sport and recreation facilities in the Shire. In years gone by Council has had a limited capacity to invest in community sporting infrastructure and this is changing with improved financial management and planning.

Council can now plan for a significant new investment in sport and recreation infrastructure to promote increased participation in healthy physical activity through the development of better facilities that meet the needs of all users.

Select the hyperlink to view Investing in Sport

Reserve Master Plans

Master Plans have been developed in consultation with the reserve Committees of Management and users for the major Recreation Reserves. Please select the following link to view the Mount Alexander Reserves Masterplan

Lake Cairn Curran Impact Study 2012

In February 2012 Council adopted a study into the social and economic impacts of the varying water levels in Lake Cairn Curran. This study provides an insight on the effects of drought and flood on communties and businesses close to the Lake and contains an Implementation Plan designed to mitigate those effects in future extreme weather events.

Lake Cairn Curran Impact Study

Loddon Campaspe Integrated Transport Strategy

Six municipalities in the Loddon Campaspe corridor – Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Campaspe, Mount Alexander, Macedon Ranges and Central Goldfields – have developed the Loddon Campaspe Integrated Transport Strategy which identifies ten priority transport projects needed to drive progress in the region.

The strategy, adopted by Council on the 24 May 2016, considers transport drivers and issues for the region, and endorses a strong and unified approach to seek project funding and support.

The strategy was developed by the six councils in partnership with Vic Roads, Public Transport Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Regional Development Victoria and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Partner municipalities are currently considering adoption of the strategy.

Read or download the Loddon Campaspe Integrated Transport Strategy.

Long Term Financial Plan 2016-2026

Council adopted the updated Long Term Financial Plan 2016-2016 at its Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 28 June 2016.
The plan has been updated to reflect the State Government Fair Go Rates System (FGRS) which caps rate increases, potentially at CPI levels.
The Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) is intended to achieve the following objectives in the 10-year timeframe:
• Maintain the existing range and level of service provision;
• Maintain a strong cash position, ensuring Council remains financially sustainable in the long-term;
• Achieve operating statement surpluses (underlying result) with the exclusion of all non-operational items such as granted assets and capital income;
• Maintain debt levels below prudential guidelines;
• Continue to pursue recurrent grant funding for strategic capital funds from the state and federal government; and
• Ensure critical renewal is funded annually over the timeframe of the LTFP.
Click on the hyperlink to access the Long Term Financial Plan 2016-2026.

Maldon Retail Strategy

Council undertook a retail review of the Maldon central business district to identify opportunities for Council, local businesses and residents to work together to improve retail in the town.

Click here to view the strategy.

Mount Alexander Shire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Action Plan for Reconciliation

The Council Plan 2013-2017 sets out Council’s commitment to strengthen its role in Aboriginal reconciliation and supporting the local Indigenous community.
At the Council Meeting on the 8 December Council endorsed the “Endorse the draft Mount Alexander Shire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Action Plan for Reconciliation”.
This action plan outlines a range of ways that Council will work in partnership with the local Indigenous community. The action plan highlights current and potential future initiatives that Mount Alexander Shire Council will seek to implement as part of its commitment to reconciliation with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait lslander community over 2015 - 2016.

Click on the hyperlink to view Mount Alexander Shire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Action Plan for Reconciliation

Mount Alexander Shire Community Profile

The Mount Alexander Shire Community Profile presents an overview of how many people live in the Shire, how the population is distributed across different age groups and how that is projected to change. The profile also provides an indication of the opportunities residents have to engage in the economic and social life of the community.

To view the profile click here.

Mount Alexander Shire Commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples of the Shire

Mount Alexander Shire Council acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung as the traditional owners of the lands and waters of the Mount Alexander Shire. We also recognise all other Indigenous people of the Shire. We acknowledge the vital role that the traditional owners, the local Jaara people, played as custodians of the region.

We acknowledge the Recognition and Settlement Agreement including the Land Use Activity Agreement registered in October 2013 between the Dja Dja Wurrung People and the State Government, affecting all Crown land in the Shire. We acknowledge that European colonisation caused disruption and grief to the indigenous population. This includes the alienation from their traditional lands and their cultural practices. We acknowledge the destructive impact of the removal of children from their families and culture.

We acknowledge the need to support reconciliation between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people in the Shire.

On 10 June 2014 Council resolved to adopt the Commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples of the Shire Statement.

Mount Alexander Housing Needs Discussion Paper

In 2012 Mount Alexander Shire Council contracted the Swinburne Institute for Social Research to develop a Discussion Paper with the aim of providing (i) an overview of housing needs in the Shire, (ii) an analysis of Council roles and functions in relation to housing and (iii) identification of options for Council to seek increased supply of social and affordable housing in the Shire.

Municipal Emergency Management Plan

Each municipality must have a Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (MEMPC) that includes representatives of the council, response agencies (such as Victoria Police, CFA), recovery agencies (such as the Department of Health and Human Services), and local community groups involved in emergency management issues. This committee oversees the development and maintenance of a Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP) that outlines the strategies for how we will prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies within the Shire.

Please click here to view the Municipal Emergency Management Plan.

Newstead Levee Investigation Report 2015

The Newstead Levee Investigation provides information on land tenure, levee construction and level of protection, and also makes recommendations for maintenance, repair and upgrade works. The report provides Council with the necessary information to consider future funding applications and Council budget allocations for 2016/2017 financial year. The independent investigation was undertaken by consulting firm GHD Australia.

Read the Newstead Levee Investigation Report.

Project Priorities 2013-2017

The Project Priorities document outlines key projects that are central to the future growth and prosperity of Mount Alexander Shire and which need a partnership approach to deliver.

Council has been advocating effectively for many years on issues and projects of importance to our community. The community consultation process that underpinned preparation of the Council Plan in 2013 confirmed several key projects that will contribute to the liveability and prosperity of our Shire.

click on the hyperlink to access the document Project Priorities 2013-2017.

Public Open Space Strategy

The Public Open Space Strategy has been developed to guide the planning, development and preservation of public open space across the shire over the next 15 years. It was formally adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 24 May 2016.

Guiding principles include open access, connectivity to towns, diversity, sustainability, community participation, healthy communities and protection of flora, fauna and culturally significant sites. The strategy recommends 20 actions in the areas of policy, planning and management and the provision of public space, as well as recommendations for site specific locations.

The strategy was developed following a review of related plans and strategies, an analysis of current and future population and usage trends, and engagement with key stakeholders and the community.

Click here to read or download the Public Open Space Strategy.

Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017

Council adopted the Mount Alexander Shire Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017 on 10 December 2013. The Plan identifies the health status of the Shire's population and sets out goals and priorities to protect, promote and improve community health and wellbeing over the next four years. Click on the hyperlink to access the Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017.

Rating Strategy 2016-2021

This document provides a strategy for the future rating of properties in the Mount Alexander Shire. It considers issues in the current rating system, options available under existing legislation and provides a plan to implement changes to achieve a fair and equitable outcome for all ratepayers.

Implementation will see the gradual removal of the $188 Municipal Charge phased out over three years (2016/2017 to 2018/2019), and an increase in the Land Management Rate discount from 10 to 20 per cent in 2017/2018.

The impact for ratepayers will be determined based on their land use and valuation. In general there will be a reduction in rates payable by lower valued properties, offset by an increase in rates for higher valued properties, and lower rates payable by properties eligible for the Land Management Rate.

Council adopted the strategy at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

Read or download the Mount Alexander Shire Rating Strategy 2016-2021.

Roadside Conservation Management Plan 2012-2017

Roadsides are an important habitat for many species of flora and fauna, many of them threatened. Recognising this, Council has renewed its commitment to protecting and enhancing its many roadsides by developing a Roadside Conservation Management Plan.

This five year Plan brings together new ideas, concepts and available data to make informed management decisions and provide consistent and clear advice to the community.

The objectives of Council's Roadside Conservation Management Plan are:

- Improve conservation values and connectedness of roadsides to bushlands and adjacent farms
- Reduce fuel for fire and increase bushfire preparedness on roadsides
- Reduce feral animals and control the spread of existing weeds and avoid the outbreak of new weed species on roadsides

To view the Roadside Conservation Management Plan click here.

Road Management Plan

On 22 October 2015, at its ordinary meeting, Council resolved to adopt the Road Management Plan (22 September 2015).
Copies of the Road Management plan may be inspected at, or obtained from, Council offices at 27 Lyttleton Street, Casltemaine. Click here for the current Road Management Plan.

Rotunda Park Landscape Management Plan - Newstead

Council noted the landscape management plan for Rotunda Park in Newstead at its Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday 20 June 2017.

The Rotunda Park Landscape Management Plan was developed with landscape architects following extensive community consultation. The plan proposes simple improvements to complement the park’s existing features, acknowledge and protect its environmental and heritage values and improve the user experience.

Read the Rotunda Park Landscape Management Plan.

Rural Land Study

The broad objective of a Rural Land Study is to balance the zones available in the Victorian Planning Provisions to the needs of the key rural land uses: agriculture, biodiversity, tourism, natural resource use; recreation and cultural heritage, whilst allowing for flexibility and innovation, reducing future land use conflicts and avoiding fragmentation of land used for farming across the whole Shire.

The Rural Land Study has now being finalised and was adopted by Council on 11 February 2014. To view the adopted Rural Land Study click here.

Sustainable Water Use Plan

In August 2010, Councillors endorsed the Sustainable Water Use Plan. This plan will guide Council's role in sustainable water use within Mount Alexander Shire. Click on the hyperlink to access the Sustainable Water Use Plan

Victory Park Conservation Management Plan

Council adopted the Victory Park Conservation Management Plan at its Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

The Conservation Management Plan outlines the heritage values and significance of Victory Park, which is one of the shire's most significant and popular parks. The plan provides guidance on how to conserve and protect the important community asset.

Community consultation provided Council with a good understanding of the characteristics of the park that users valued. The plan addresses trees, landscape, infrastructure, monuments, memorials and more.

Read the Conservation Management Plan for Victory Park.

Walking and Cycling Strategy 2010-2020

At its Ordinary Meeting of 13 April 2010 Council adopted the 2010-2020 Walking and Cycling Strategy. This long term plan will guide Council's role in supporting walking and cycling activity across the Shire. Click on the hyperlink to access the Walking and Cycling Strategy.

Waste Management Strategy 2010-2015

At its Ordinary Meeting of 12 October 2010 Council adopted the 2010-2015 Waste Management Strategy. This long term plan will guide Council's role in sustainable waste management across the Shire.

Click on the hyperlink to access the 2010-2015 Waste Management Strategy.

Youth Engagement Action Plan 2015 - 2017

The Youth Engagement Action Plan outlines key actions for Council to continue
to improve its engagement with young people within Mount Alexander Shire.

It demonstrates Council’s commitment to actively involve young people in planning and
decision making and aims to reinforce the objectives of the Youth Engagement Charter.

Download the Youth Engagement Action Plan (PDF)

Youth Engagement Charter 2013

The Mount Alexander Shire Youth Engagement Charter aims to guide Council when engaging young people within decision making processes.

The document has been written by young people within the Shire who have identified key terms to consider when engaging with young people within community consultations.

There are 11 guiding statements written by young people within the document which are matched with 11 commitment statements developed in a collaborative workshop between Council staff and young people.

The statements sit under the following themes:

* Listen
* Facilitate
* Consider
* Engage

Download the Youth Engagement Charter.

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