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July Meeting Wrap

Publish Date: 15 July 2021

Opportunities to assess the previous year and to look ahead at the next twelve months highlighted Buloke Shire Council’s July Ordinary Meeting.  

Council reviewed its previous Annual Plan and adopted its new plan whilst also noting excellent results in the latest Community Satisfaction Survey.

The next twelve months of Council direction has been outlined with the adoption of the Council Plan 2021-2025 -Year 1 Annual Plan. The plan has been developed to note the strategic objectives of the Council Plan and demonstrates as well as documents the tasks, measures and completion dates in order to deliver Council’s strategic objectives.

Some of the key actions and projects identified in the document are to construct playspaces in five towns, undertake a Gender Equality Action Plan, develop a Climate Change Adaption and Mitigation Policy, redevelop the Economic Development and Tourism Strategy, complete key heavy road upgrades and develop a Workforce Plan.

Strong progress was also noted against the Year 4 Annual Plan relating to the Council Plan 2017-2021. The final Annual Plan of the previous Council Plan, saw the majority of actions outlined completed, nearing completion or being well underway.

Highlights delivered included the success of the Community Connector Program, adoption of the Community Engagement Policy and Waste Management Strategy, completion of the Lake Tyrrell Tourism Infrastructure Project and completion of a range of significant upgrades at the Birchip Recreation Reserve.

A multi-year trend of improvement from 2016 has been noted in the results of the 2021 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey.

The survey, conducted in February of this year, is coordinated on behalf of all Victorian Councils by the Department Environment of Land, Water and Planning and evaluates Council’s performance across a range of areas.

Every evaluated area had an increase on the results from 2020 with the exception of Recreational Facilities, which maintained its high score of 74. No area recorded a decrease in satisfaction.

These overall results are one point above the state average and two points higher than Council’s Small Rural cohort.

Minutes and documents relating to the July Ordinary Meeting will be made available on Council’s website. The next Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held next Wednesday 11 August 2021.

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For further information contact Manager Customer Engagement, Travis Fitzgibbon on 03 5478 0181 or tfitzgibbon@buloke.vic.gov.au