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Council outlines priorities for year ahead

People sitting outside a café in Newstead.

Council has outlined the priorities for the year ahead in its Annual Plan.

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Improving the streetscapes of local towns, installing public recycling bins and ensuring our community is child-friendly are some of the initiatives included in Mount Alexander Shire Council’s recently adopted Annual Plan.

“The Annual Plan outlines some of our priority projects that will help us to meet our vision of being an innovative, creative and connected shire,” said Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The projects are in addition to the more than 100 services that we already provide the community. All activities fall under the three pillars of Our People, Our Place and Our Economy,” said Cr Machin.

“A focus for the next 12 months will be carrying out upgrade works around the shire. This includes implementing some of the streetscape improvement projects identified by community members in Newstead, Campbells Creek, Chewton, Guildford, Taradale and Elphinstone.

“We’re also working on plans to beautify and improve the central areas in Maldon, Harcourt and Castlemaine,” said Cr Machin.

“We are serious about reducing the amount of unnecessary waste that goes to landfill and will install public recycling bins in Castlemaine CBD in the next six months. We urge everyone to make use of these once installed,” said Cr Machin.

To improve connectivity for walkers and cyclists Council will upgrade a section of the Forest Creek Trail and construct a pedestrian crossing on Forest Street near Camp Reserve. These works are funded through the Healthy Heart of Victoria project.

“Sports people at Harcourt will be happy to hear that we will construct female friendly facilities at the local recreation reserve. We will also construct a play space at Stanley Park North, which the community has worked hard to design. This will be a great asset for Harcourt families and visitors alike.

“In order to recognise and support primary school aged children in our community we will develop a Middle Years Plan. This will complement the work we’re already doing with young children and babies through our Maternal and Child Health Team and the work of our Youth Development Team with teenagers and young adults,” said Cr Machin.

“We’ll also finalise our approach to coordinating volunteers during emergencies,” she said.

“Another item that we’re planning for the year ahead is determining the housing needs of our community and identifying gaps in local housing options. We know this is a real concern for many in our community and we want to better understand what we can do to encourage diversity of housing.

“I encourage business owners to keep an eye out for the Mount Alexander Business Awards, which will be held later this year. This program celebrates the excellence and diversity of local business and recognises the important contribution it makes to our economy.

“We know there are many pet owners keen for a public off-lead dog park. Rest assured this is a priority for the year ahead. Unfortunately the land we had previously identified for a park at Campbells Creek had restrictions around its use. We are continuing to investigate other sites and are determined to deliver on this commitment within the year,” she said.

Read the Annual Plan at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Strategies.

Image: In the year ahead Council will begin upgrade works on streetscapes at Newstead (pictured), Campbells Creek, Chewton, Guildford, Taradale and Elphinstone.

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