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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 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: 

What you said

We are pleased to be able to share the results of the recent Community Vision 2040 survey with people who live, work in and visit the Shire.

We engaged with residents on a number of levels and received 534 responses, which is over 2.3% of the population. There were four questions we asked, which were:

  • What I love about Golden Plains is…
  • My hope for Golden Plains in 2040 is…
  • What I would like to see in my community in 2040 is…
  • To make this a reality I am willing to…

Of the responses, there was a good mix of ages, gender and locations represented:

  • 94% of the respondents identified as living in the Shire.
  • Women provided 58% of the responses with 39% from men.
  • 68% of respondents came from areas in the South of the Shire, with 26% being from the North. The remaining 6% did not identify a location or live outside the Shire.
  • The Under 18 year age cohort provided the most responses (29%), followed by 45-54 year olds (18.5%) and 35-44 year olds (15.7%).

To view the survey findings, click the link below:


What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

The survey results will be analysed and further tested with the community to develop the Draft Community Vision 2040.  Further engagement opportunities and sharing the outcomes of the upcoming stages will be widely promoted via our website and media.

Please refer to the timeline on the right.


1 February to 30 March: Phase One Community Engagement COMPLETED 

April 2020: Feedback collated, summarised and provided to community IN PROGRESS

May/June 2020: Phase Two Community Engagement – key themes explored 

June/July 2020: Draft Community Vision created

August 2020: Draft Community Vision provided to Council 

November/December 2020: Community Vision 2040 adopted by Council

Contact Information

Community Vision 2040 project
Community and Council Planning
5220 7111
Project Category: 
Last Updated: 
Friday, May 1, 2020
Project Status: 
Updated Project
This consultation is now closed. Council thanks the 534 residents who took the time to complete the online survey and share their hopes for Golden Plains Shire in 2040. Council will now analyse the feedback and report back to community key themes and further exploring this feedback to shape the vision for the future of Golden Plains Shire.

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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.