Resident input sought on Hepburn council plan

HEPBURN Shire Council chief executive Aaron van Egmond is encouraging residents in the region to take part in a series of community workshops during February.

The aim of the workshops is to help with the formation of the new council plan for the next four years.

The workshops will be the first stage of a two-month consultation process that will involve face-to-face community discussion and online forums through website

Workshops will be held in Yandoit on Monday at the Mechanics Institute, 6-9pm; Trentham on Wednesday, February 13, at the Mechanics Institute, 6-9pm; Glenlyon on Saturday, February 16, at the shire hall, 9am-12pm; Daylesford on Saturday, February 16, at the senior citizens room, 2-5pm; Creswick on Sunday, February 17, at the RSL, 9am-12pm; and Clunes on Sunday, February 17, at the town hall, 2-5pm.

Mr van Egmond said it was important for the community to take part in creating the town plan.

He said the reason for involving website OurSay was to get more people involved in the process.

“We will have an online forum and use social media for example Facebook and Twitter,” Mr van Egmond said.

“The online forum will be a place for people to pose questions, comments and ideas about what they would like to see in their town plan.

“Then people can go online and vote on the ideas they like best, they will have six weeks to do this.”

Mr van Egmond said if community members did not have access to a computer they could call the council and a staff member would help vote on the ideas on their behalf.

He said the top 10 ideas as a result of the voting would then be considered for the council plan.

“It doesn’t matter if the idea is big or small we will address each idea,” Mr van Egmond said.

“A draft council plan would then be completed and be on display for formal comment.”

For more information on the council plan, see What’s Happening in Hepburn Shire on page 7.

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