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Council notes 2017/2018 highlights

Netballers playing

New facilities and netball courts at Wesley Hill, supporting mental health, boosting the skills of business people and promoting artists are just some of Council's highlights over the last year.

Thursday 23 August 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council has noted the organisation’s achievements over the last financial year to deliver on its vision for the shire as innovative, creative and connected.

Council received a report on actions completed in the 2017/2018 Annual Plan. The actions were structured on achieving priorities in the annual budget and four year council plan under the pillars of our people, place and economy.

“Council and staff have worked steadily over the past year to deliver a number of projects and core services to our community,” said Cr Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“Our sights have been firmly set on achieving the objectives in our council plan, looking at innovative ways to deliver programs and services smarter, identifying our advocacy priorities and bringing in more revenue through grants to implement them.

“I encourage residents and ratepayers to read the report to see their local council at work, and how we are working closely with partners and the community across a range of service areas to deliver.”

The delivery of the capital works program is a highlight including completion of the $1.9 million Stage 1 redevelopment of Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve with new floodlit netball courts, cricket nets, accessible ramps and more. The Stage 2 construction of the multipurpose pavilion is set for completion at the end of the year as part of a $2.43 million project.

Throughout the year the community had the chance to have a say on the designs for a new play space in Victory Park and streetscape designs for seven towns to improve the places where people live, work and play in the shire.

To boost health and wellbeing, Council joined with partners to provide mental health first training for young people, teachers and parents; motivated thousands of kids to walk to school; co-delivered healthy aging projects to improve transport options and connections in the community, and supported clients through the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Council set in place a Refugee Welcome Zone Action Plan and facilitated the LGBTIQ+ Roundtable, co-chaired by community representatives, to develop a more welcoming, supportive and socially inclusive community.

To address issues like waste and climate change, solar panels were added to the historic Market Building and a new contractor is ready to start to provide kerbside waste and recycling collection in October after a competitive tender process.

Actions to help boost our economy included works to support the opening of the Larr La Ba Gauwa Park in Harcourt, and training and support for job seekers and local businesses through a jobs fair and small workshop series.

Council launched online business directories for business and the community, and allocated more than $140,000 in funding to support 61 community groups to run programs and events.

Participation in the inaugural Regional Centre for Culture continued to put the spotlight on creative artists and events for everyone to enjoy and bringing new visitors to the region. The At Home Residency Program and new fee structure also helped artists and community groups access the Phee Broadway Theatre as a space for conversation and performance.

In planning for growth Council prepared several planning amendments to pave the way for a new supermarket in Castlemaine, more housing options in the growth areas of Harcourt and McKenzie Hill, and to better protect the community from exposure to flooding.

The organisation introduced a new corporate Facebook page to help keep the community informed and begin the installation of a new corporate system to integrate data and streamline processes for customers.

To see the annual plan visit our Plans and Strategies page.

Image: The major upgrade to Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve was a highlight for Council in 2017/2018.

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