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Let’s work together to support families and kids aged 8-12

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Share your feedback with Mount Alexander Shire Council and help shape the shire’s new draft Middle Years Plan.

25 January 2023

What would make the shire a better place for children aged 8-12 and their families?

Share your feedback with Mount Alexander Shire Council and help shape the shire’s new draft Middle Years Plan.

The plan will aim to support the needs of children from ages 8-12 and their families. It will guide Council and the community in working together to improve health and wellbeing, and learning opportunities for children.

Council is looking for input from parents and carers of children aged 8 to 12, and putting the call-out for feedback from children as well.

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Manager of Community Partnerships, Paul Frye said that community feedback is integral to building a strong plan.

“We have so many knowledgeable parents and carers in our community, and their input makes a big difference when it comes to planning services for the future”, said Mr Frye.

“We’re also keen to hear directly from local children about what they need. Kids aged 8-12 are transitioning from primary to secondary school, and it’s a critical time to keep an eye on their social, emotional and health outcomes.

“The current Middle Years Plan was created before COVID-19. We’d like to understand how the lives of our families have changed, and if we need to adjust our services, programs and activities”.

Have your say

• Visit www.shape.mountalexander.vic.gov.au and complete either the parents and carers survey, or the kids-only survey.
• Drop-in to a pop up session to provide feedback and have your questions answered by Council staff. Details on future pop-up sessions will be posted on Council’s Facebook page, and also www.shape.mountalexander.vic.gov.au.
• Call Council to provide input on 5471 1700
• Email your feedback to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au
• Pop in to the Civic Centre in Castlemaine and provide feedback face-to-face.
• Pick up a hardcopy survey from the Civic Centre in Castlemaine.

Submissions close on Sunday 19 February.

Council will develop a draft Middle Years Plan in March, and bring it back to the community for further review in May.

For more information, contact Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Youth Development Officer, Shannon Lacy, on 5471 1700 or s.lacy@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.


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