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Council outlines priorities for 2018/2019

Kids selecting elements they would like to see at play space.

Take a look at our annual plan to find out about some of the new projects planned for the next 12 months.

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted its Annual Plan which outlines new projects and programs planned for the next 12 months.

“This year we have done something a little different with our Annual Plan, with a focus on major and new initiatives, rather than the many day-to-day services we provide,” said Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“This means our plan allows us to clearly identify the new projects that will help us achieve our vision of being innovative, creative and connected,” said Cr Machin.

“Throughout the year we’ll be revaluating the way that we prioritise and construct our gravel roads with the aim of ensuring our ongoing improvements to unsealed roads last longer. This will be welcome news for people who travel along unsealed roads in the shire.

“Young families around the shire will be able to enjoy the new play space planned for Victory Park, and we’ll work with the community to complete the designs for a play space at Stanley Park North at Harcourt.

“Many community members have been involved in developing the streetscape plans for Newstead, Campbells Creek, Chewton, Guildford, Taradale and Elphinstone. We’ll begin to implement these plans over the coming 12 months,” she said.

Work will also continue to improve the junior sporting hub at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve, with the completion of the multi-use pavilion later this year.

Other actions in the annual plan are to create a Reconciliation Action Plan and further support positive mental health for young people.

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.

Projects in the Annual Plan 2018/2019 are allocated under three pillars:

Our people
- Create a Reconciliation Action Plan
- Construct an off-lead dog park
- Develop resources to support youth mental health
- Investigate feasibility of using Council land for developing social housing
- Upgrade accessible parking spaces
- Develop a plan to manage volunteers during emergencies.

Our place
- Prepare a Developer Contribution Plan for Harcourt
- Update Maldon Design Guidelines
- Develop a plan for Council to achieve carbon neutrality targets
- Finalise the business case for a new Resource Recovery Centre at Castlemaine
- Implement streetscape plans for Newstead, Campbells Creek, Chewton, Guildford, Taradale and Elphinstone
- Complete detailed designs for Castlemaine CBD streetscape
- Identify, record and assess the health of park trees
- Construct an accessible play space for Victory Park in Castlemaine
- Complete construction of a multi-use pavilion at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve
- Install floodlights at Doug Powell Reserve, Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve
- Review gravel roads including prioritisation and construction methods.

Our economy
- Work with businesses and partners to complete design and source funding for Maldon Streetscape Project
- Complete the Stanley Park North plan and play space design at Harcourt
- Complete safety works at Phee Broadway Theatre
- Advocate for improved access to education
- Implement changes as part of the updated Local Government Act.

Projects and initiatives contained in the Annual Plan are funded through the 2018/2019 Budget. For more information visit Council’s website.

Image: Local children had the opportunity to help design features of the Victory Park play space, which will be constructed in the coming year.

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