Council outlines its intentions in draft Council Plan

Council has released its draft Council Plan 2017-2021 for public comment, alongside its draft budget, and is encouraging the community to have its say.

The document is revised every year to ensure it stays fresh and inline with the councils progress and plans.

Ararat Mayor Cr Peter Beales said the Council Plan was built on a strategic direction that aimed to ensure the community is at the forefront of everything the organisation does.

“The Council Plan is the foundation for everything we’ll strive to achieve over the next three years, providing a solid framework as we conduct our day-to-day business,” Cr Beales said

SCREENSHOT: A sketch within the draft Council Plan.

He said the plan is one of the most important documents a council develops.

“The Council wanted the new plan to look to the future, providing a way forward to ensure our community is confident we can provide the very best services possible.”

A number of new initiatives the council has highlighted within the plan include:

• Develop township strategies for Willaura and Pomonal.

• Seek sector partnership for the redevelopment of the McDonald Centre in Ararat.

• Completion of the Active Links Project in Ararat (Alexandra Oval and the Ararat Skate Park lighting).

• Hold a cultural festival in 2019/2020.

• Advocate for the Ararat Regional Park Mountain Bike Track

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Council also looked back on completed projects from the plan so far, including the completion and re-opening of the Ararat Arts Precinct redevelopment, construction of the Ararat Men’s Shed and the construction of irrigation systems at Ararat’s Gordon Street Oval, the Pomonal Recreation Reserve and Lake Bolac Recreation Reserve.

Locals have until Tuesday June 11 at 5.15pm to make a submission regarding the document. People can also speak to their submission at a special Council meeting on the evening of Tuesday June 11.

Information on how to make a submission is on Council’s website where you can also download a copy of the Council Plan.

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