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Council will often have publications, documents or policies on public exhibition that outline the goals and approaches for Council service delivery and community planning. These documents can be reviewed at the Council offices or alternatively, on this page.

Draft Governance Rules

In accordance with Section 60 of the Local Government Act 2020, the Southern Grampians Shire Council is required to adopt Governance Rules.

Council is committed to embedding the principles of good governance throughout its decision making, corporate governance and democratic governance by establishing and adhering to the Governance Rules established. The principles of good governance incorporate the principles outlined in the Act, including the overarching governance principles as well as the public transparency, community engagement, strategic planning, service performance and financial management principles.

Provide Feedback
The community is invited to provide feedback on the draft Governance Rules. Feedback should be addressed to:
Chief Executive Officer
Southern Grampians Shire Council
111 Brown Street
(Locked Bag 685)
Hamilton Vic 3300

The Governances Rules will be available for review from Saturday 27 June – COB Friday 10 July 2020.

Feedback will be reviewed by Council, prior to consideration of the final draft being presented to the August 2020 Council meeting.


Planning Scheme Amendment GC112

This Amendment amends the Southern Grampians Planning Scheme to recognise the Infrastructure Design Manual in the Municipal Strategic Statements and introduces the Infrastructure Design Manual as a background document in the Schedule to Clause 72.08 of the Planning Scheme.

Planning Scheme Amendment Documents

Community Vision Framework 2041 (CVF 2041)

The Community Vision Framework 2041 (CVF2041) is a Council led initiative that seeks to create excitement and optimism within Council and the community about the future of the Southern Grampians Shire and the opportunities that can be realised. It will help shape strategic community planning for the next two decades, providing a foundation for all other work delivered by Council.

It seeks to encourage innovation by industry and the delivery of community led initiatives and build dynamic partnerships with others for the future vision beyond the traditional responsibilities of “roads, rates and rubbish”.

Council recognises that community and industry’ wants and needs have changed significantly over time and will continue to evolve at a rapid rate, and that technology and climate change may deliver a range of both opportunities and challenges. Council has a strong desire to improve the long term sustainability of the Shire’s towns, businesses, community groups and services and is driving efforts to sustain the population base of the Shire and develop new and innovative local industries.



Council will develop CVF 2041 in three key phases. Engagement began prior to COVID-19 and will continue (in different forms) during COVID-19 and will be finalised post COVID-19.

A comprehensive program of engagement that respects social distancing requirements under COVID-19 will be delivered in 2020.

Opportunities to comment

Comments on the draft discussion paper should be sent to Andrew Goodsell, Director Planning and Development via email or to Locked Bag 685 Hamilton VIC 3300.

Southern Grampians Shire Council is committed to obtaining detailed community input into the CVF 2041 and vision for the Shire. The campaign will include online engagement and workshop activities at phases two and three. Further details of this engagement will be provided in due course.

CVF 2041 Summary Document
CVF 2041 Draft Discussion Paper

Community Infrastructure Framework Process

SGSC has recently undertaken to prepare a Community Infrastructure Framework.

Key objectives for the framework will be to:

• Align key functions across council that have responsibility or needs relating to the planning and delivery of community services and facilities;
• Develop a repeatable planning approach that can be applied to established areas and new developments for a broad range of service and facility types;
• Creates in-house resources (staff, data, tools, documents) able to support service and facilities planning across council in a manner that can respond to changing circumstances over long-term planning horizons;
• Establish an evidence base about current and future community needs for services and facilities, taking account of population forecasts, changing community needs and expectations, council and other service provider’s capacity and funding, and council’s long-term strategic planning objectives;
• Inform the development of long-term integrated social infrastructure plans and policies.

This project will occur over a number of phases (likely over a period of 1-2 years), the first key stage being data collection on all building assets. As this work progresses further updates including opportunities for stakeholder engagement will be provided. Once completed, the work will provide invaluable data to inform strategic planning within each of the Shire’s settlements and districts.

The draft process which more fully explains the project is now available below and comments should be sent to Andrew Goodsell, Director Planning and Development via email or to Locked Bag 685 Hamilton VIC 3300 by Monday 6 July 2020.

Community Infrastructure Framework Process

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