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Golden Plains Community Vision 2040

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The Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 is a plan that captures the hopes and aspirations of the Golden Plains community, and ensures we are planning a bright future for all. Golden Plains is evolving, and we need to cater for a great future. What does great look like to you?



The Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 is a plan that captures the hopes and aspirations of the Golden Plains community, and ensures we are planning for a bright future for all.

The planning process identifies where we are now, as well as where we want to be in the decades to come. Facilitated by Golden Plains Shire Council, the Community Vision 2040 outlines how the entire Golden Plains community can work together towards common goals and meet the Shire's needs, both now and into the future.

It will be used to guide strategic planning and decision making for the future of Golden Plains Shire through the development of the Council Plan 2021-2025 and beyond.

Why is it a 20-year plan?

Big ideas often take time to implement and/or influence. The timeframe of 20 years is generally the amount of time necessary for a generational change, enabling big things to happen. The length of this horizon is reflective of the high-level, visionary nature of whole-of-community planning. This long-term planning will be reviewed at least annually and refocused as goals are achieved and new ideas are generated as the next generation of Golden Plains community leaders emerge.

Why is Council doing another plan? How will this one be different to the current Corporate Plan, the Planning Scheme and other plans?

The Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 is a whole-of community-plan. The plan will be broader than Council business and service activities, and will reflect the community's aspirations about the future of our Shire. It's about taking action on what you would like the Golden Plains to look like in 20 years’ time and setting the community's priorities over this time that will influence Council and community decision making.

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

This process will shape the future of the Golden Plains Shire for the next 20 years. It will affect our lives, and the lives of our children and grandchildren. It is critical that we hear from as many members of the community as possible so that the plan is truly reflective of the community’s vision and aspirations. There will be a number of ways to have your voice heard:

  • Complete the paper survey in the February Gazette
  • Complete the online survey here
  • Pick up a postcard from one of Council's Customer Service Centres in Bannockburn, Smythesdale and Linton

Residents can also chat with Council staff and Community Reference Group members at a Community Vision 2040 conversation post:

  • 9am to 2pm, Sunday 23 February, Ross Creek-Smythes Creek Community Car Boot Sale, Recreation Reserve, Sebastopol-Smythesdale Road, Ross Creek
  • 11am to 4pm, Sunday 23 February, Shelford Duck Race, Recreation Reserve, The Parade, Shelford

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the following conversation posts have been cancelled:

  • 4 to 8pm, Friday 27 March, Bannockburn Skate Park Competition, 3 Moore Street, Bannockburn
  • 10am to 2pm, Saturday 28 March, Meredith Sharing Shed Community Action Day, Meredith Interpretive Centre, 10 Wallace Street, Meredith

Residents can contact Council to arrange to have a paper survey mailed to them. Please call 5220 7111.


1 February to 30 March: Community Engagement 

April to May: Draft Vision created

May: Check in - did we miss anything? 

26 May: Council to adopt draft Vision

27 May to 25 June: Public Exhibition 

Contact Information

Community Vision 2040 project
Community Development
5220 7111
Project Category: 
Last Updated: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Project Status: 
Updated Project
In partnership with its residents, Golden Plains Shire Council is required to plan for the long-term future of the community.

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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.