Over the past two months Council has been preparing our Council Plan for 2021-2025 and proposed budget for 2021-222.
Council delivers activities and initiatives for nearly one hundred service categories and each one is set out under one of four strategic objectives.
We need to ensure that services are in line with community expectations and continue to provide value for money.
The ideas and information expressed by residents at our extensive community engagement sessions, that were held throughout the Shire from February, have been collated and formatted and taken into account.
The Council Plan sets out our goals, the actions to achieve these and how successful achievement will be measured.
The draft budget directs the funding that will be required to bring this to fruition.
The first strategic objective is a vibrant and diverse economy.
This encompasses services that relate to roads, housing, new industry, tourism, arts and culture.
The budget for the next twelve months will include an investment of $7 million for roads, extensive caravan park upgrades that include three cabins at Warracknabeal, an increase to affordable Community Housing properties at Woomelang and Murtoa and a doubling of our tree-trimming budget for rural roads.
The second strategic objective is a healthy and inclusive community.
Services to achieve this relate to childcare, aged care, youth activities and recreation facilities.
This coming year Council will reintroduce volunteer transport for medical appointments, expand the Early Years Centre at Warracknabeal to cater for three-year-old kindergarten and childcare, fund master plans for Recreation Reserves at Anzac Park and Murtoa and support the establishment of a childcare facility in the Dunmunkle area.
Our third strategic objective is a robust and thriving community.
Services that relate to waste, recycling, recreational water, trees and renewables are included under this goal.
The coming budget includes the purchase of a glass crusher to create road base material from recycled glass, increased streetscaping funding to plant more shade trees, provide funding for an integrated water management system at Minyip caravan park and support planning for additional wind and battery energy projects.
The fourth strategic objective is a Council who serves its community. This objective relates to the ways in which Council communicates to residents and key stakeholders.
In the 2021-2022 budget funding will be provided to support professional development for staff, an upgrade to the Council website and assist community members to become active volunteers.
Copies of the 2021-2022 draft budget can be accessed by contacting the Shire Office at Warracknabeal, Gateway BEET at Hopetoun or viewed online at the Yarriambiack Shire website by clicking on publications/policies.
I encourage you to read the whole document and if you wish to make comments, please note that written submissions will close on Monday 21 June 2021.