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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.

Have Your Say Council Plan 2021 - 2025

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You are invited to have your say on the priorities for the Southern Grampians Shire Council Plan 2021-2025.

Council is required to prepare and adopt a Council Plan every four years. It’s an important document that outlines the vision for the four year term of the Council and includes the objectives, strategies and actions which need to be implemented and undertaken to ensure this vision is realised.

The 2021-2025 Council Plan will be guided by the work already undertaken in the development of the 2041 community vision framework, which is the longer term strategic plan for the next 20 years.

Community members are invited to contribute their ideas to the 2021-2025 Council Plan and can participate in the planning process in a number of ways including joining virtual sessions, filling in postcards and submitting online forms.

Face-to-face gatherings have also been planned, with every township having the opportunity to meet the Mayor, CEO and Councillors to share their vision for the next four years.

*Virtual sessions will be held on the Council Facebook Page.

Council Plan 2021 - 2025 - Submit your ideas online

Can't make it to one of our face-to-face community sessions? You can still share your thoughts and contribute to the development of the Council Plan by filling in our online form via the link below.


Tell us what's on your wish list for Council over the next four years

Council Plan 2021 - 2025 Community Engagement Session Dates

Location Date Time
Virtual Session Monday 1 March 2021 5:30pm
Balmoral, Balmoral Mechanics Hall Tuesday 9 March 2021 5:30pm
Cavendish, Cavendish Memorial Hall Tuesday 9 March 2021 7:30pm
Coleraine, Karingal Senior Citizens Centre Thursday 11 March 2021 6:00pm
Hamilton, HIRL Monday 15 March 2021 6:00pm
Tarrington, Tarrington School Hall Monday 22 March 2021 6:00pm
Penshurst, Penshurst Memorial Hall Monday 22 March 2021 7:30pm
Byaduk, Byaduk Cricket Pavilion Thursday 25 March 2021 6:00pm
Branxholme, Branxholme Memorial Hall Thursday 25 March 2021 7:30pm
Glenthompson, Glenthompson Memorial Hall Tuesday 30 March 2021 6:00pm
Dunkeld, Sterling Place Community Centre Tuesday 30 March 2021 7:30pm
Virtual Session Wednesday 31 March 2021 5:30pm

What happens at the engagement sessions?

At the face-to-face engagement sessions we will:

  • Discuss what a Council Plan is and why we need one
  • Explore the five themes of the Council Plan - Community, Economy and Business, Built Environment and Infrastructure, Natural Environment, Governance and Leadership.
  • Brainstorm what people want to see Council achieve in the next four years
  • Complete a vision exercise to decide what we want the future of Southern Grampians shire to look like!
  • Discuss how the Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan and the Disability Action Plan feed into the Council Plan

Community Vision Framework 2041 (CVF 2041)

CVF 2041 represents a 20 year vision for the Shire, identifying priorities and opportunities that should be further investigated and delivered. It is based on extensive community engagement and a holistic perspective on the role of Council in delivering facilities and services to its community. A set of updated advocacy priorities will also be reflected upon.

The delivery of CVF 2041 is driven by at least four compelling needs, being:

1. Legislatively required under Part 4 Division 1 S88 of the Local Government Act 2020 whereby Council must maintain a Community Vision that is developed with its municipal community, in accordance with its deliberative engagement practices (S88(1)) with a scope of at least 10 years (S88(2)) of the Act;
2. Specific deliverable or key performance indicator (KPI) for delivery by Council and its Chief Executive Officer;
3. Strategic framework that maps how strategies developed and delivered by Council on behalf of its community integrate into a work plan; and
4. Critical need for a regional perspective that extends into a wider view of how the Shire is situated within the region and its partnerships with agencies operating in those regions.

CVF 2041 will define the long term roadmap for the Shire and inform and support Council’s other strategies plans and strategies including the upcoming Council Plan for 2021-2025 (which forms the first 4 years of the 20 year plan). Both documents will be exhibited concurrently and adopted concurrently. With each new Council elected it would be expected that the 20 year Community Vision Framework will be updated to remain relevant to the changing needs of the Shire’s communities and the strategic direction of the organisation. The Local Government Act 2020 directly confirms this to be the process to be followed by councils in Victoria.
The Consultation Outcomes Report for CVF 2041 represents phase two of a three-phase process that will ultimately deliver a 20 year strategic framework for the Shire and Council is now seeking feedback on this report.

Submissions will be received up until 24 May 2021 and can be sent to or to Andrew Goodsell, Director Planning and Development Southern Grampians Shire Council Locked Bag 685 Hamilton VIC 3300.

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