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Council Plan 2021-25

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Golden Plains Shire Council is seeking community input to develop the Council Plan 2021-2025, as part of its commitment to continue to engage on important decisions affecting residents and communities. Thank you to everyone who completed the Council Plan 2021-2025 survey from 18 January to 21 February, 2021.

Golden Plains Shire Council Plan 2021-25



The Council Plan 2021-2025 will provide the priority initiatives and actions for Council services, infrastructure and advocacy to be provided to the Golden Plains Shire community over the next four years.

At the December 2020 Meeting, Council endorsed the Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 which was developed over an 18-month period with the community to reflect the hopes, aspiration and dreams of all Golden Plains residents.

The Council Plan 2021-2025 will seek to align with, and deliver on, the four themes of the Community Vision 2040: Community, Liveability, Sustainability and Prosperity. The Community Vision 2040 as adopted by Council on 15 December 2020 is available to read here.

In addition, it is proposed that the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (as required under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008) will be incorporated into the Council Plan 2021-2025 to ensure that the health and wellbeing of all people living in the Golden Plains is at the forefront of Council’s strategic planning.

Community input to develop the Council Plan 2021-2025 is being sought through various avenues, including an online and hard copy survey, postcards, listening posts, and engagement with Council staff at community events.

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

Council has added an extra Council Plan 2021-2025 conversation post and opportunities to share feedback on the Council Plan at Coffee with your Councillors sessions during the final weekend of the engagement.

  • Council Plan 2021-2025 conversation post:
    • 2 to 4pm, Saturday 20 February: Bannockburn Skate Competition, 3 Moore Street
  • Coffee with your Councillors sessions - Satuday 20 February:
    • 9 to 10.30am, In the Sticks Café at Avalon Nursery, 41 Kopkes Road, Haddon
    •  9 to 10.30am, Cape Clear General Store, 1479 Scarsdale-Pitfield Road, Cape Clear
    • 9 to 10.30am, Lethbridge General Store, 1 Russell Street, Lethbridge
    • 11am to 12.30pm, Ross Creek General Store, 649 Sebastopol-Smythesdale Road, Ross Creek
    • 11am to 12.30pm, Napoleons General Store, 4760 Colac-Ballarat Road, Napoleons
    • 11am to 12.30pm, Teesdale General Store, 1071 Bannockburn-Shelford Road, Teesdale
    • 1.30 to 3pm, Linton Larder, 80 Sussex Street, Linton
    • 1.30 to 3pm, Back Creek Café, 1/27 Staughton Street, Meredith
    • 1.30 to 3pm, Sonny Café, 15 High Street, Inverleigh

How you can be involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

Community members are invited to provide input on their priorities for the Council Plan 2021-2025 from 18 January to 21 February, 2021 by:

  • Completing the online survey
  • Attending one of the following pop-up events/listening posts for a discussion with Council staff:
    • 10am to 12pm, Saturday 30 January: Rokewood centre, Rokewood-Shelford Road
    • 8.30am to 12.30pm, Saturday 6 February: Golden Plains Farmer's Market, High & Miltons Sts, Bannockburn
    • 10am to 3pm, Sunday 7 February: Smythesdale Arts and Music Fiesta, Smythesdale centre
    • 5.30 to 7pm, Wednesday 10 February: Online via Zoom. 

      Join Zoom Meeting

      Meeting ID: 890 4979 4235
      Passcode: 775356

  • Completing a postcard and returning to Council via mail or at a Council Customer Service Centre
  • Completing a hard copy survey at a Council Customer Service Centre
  • Emailing
  • Mail to Golden Plains Shire Council, PO Box 111, Bannockburn, VIC 3331.

The online survey provides questions on the priorities to be delivered for the next four years. Hard copy surveys are available by calling 5220 7111, emailing, or by visiting a Council Customer Service Centre at 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn or 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale.

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

All feedback from the community engagement process will be used to develop and inform the Draft Council Plan 2021-2025 which will be presented to Council at its meeting on 27 April 2021.

The Draft Council Plan will be promoted and made available for public viewing and submissions from 28 April to 26 May, 2021.

Public submissions on the Draft Council Plan will be reported to a Special Meeting of Council on 8 June 2021. Submissions will be considered and any final amendments will be made to the Council Plan 2021-2025.

The final Council Plan 2021-2025 will be presented to Council at its meeting on 22 June 2021 for adoption. Following adoption, the Council Plan is provided to the Minister for Local Government.


Monday 18 January, 2021

Engagement commences and online survey opens.

Saturday 30 January, 2021

Rokewood centre engagement post, 10am to 12pm

Saturday 6 February, 2021

Golden Plains Farmer's Market engagement post, 8.30am to 12.30pm

Sunday 7 February, 2021

Smythesdale Arts and Music Fiesta engagement post, 10am to 3pm

Wednesday 10 February, 2021

Online Zoom engagement, 5.30pm to 7pm

Sunday 21 February, 2021

Council Plan engagement concludes and online survey closes.

Tuesday 27 April, 2021

Draft Council Plan 2021-2025 presented to Council. 

Wednesday 28 April to Wednesday 26 May, 2021

Draft Council Plan 2021-2025 available for public viewing and submission.

Tuesday 8 June, 2021

Public submissions on the Draft Council Plan 2021-2025 presented to Council.  

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Final Council Plan 2021-2025 presented to Council for adoption.

Contact Information

5220 7111
Project Category: 
Council Plan and Budget
Last Updated: 
Monday, February 22, 2021
Project Status: 
Updated Project
Council is developing its four-year strategic plan, detailing its priorities and investment in Golden Plains Shire over the next four years.

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.