Golden Plains Community Vision 2040

Public comment on the Draft Community Vision 2040 closed on 16 November 2020.

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. Following extensive community consultation, the Draft Community Vision 2040 was open for public comment until 16 November 2020. 


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

The Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 was presented and adopted by the new Council in December 2020.

For a printed copy of the Community Vision 2040, call 5220 7111 or visit Council’s Customer Service centres at 2 Pope St, Bannockburn or 19 Heales St, Smythesdale.

Comments from community members for the Draft Vision are now closed, and were presented to Councillors as part of the adoption process in December. 

The Draft Vision 2040 is a long-term visionary publication that reflects the community's hopes, aspirations and priorities for the next 20 years. The draft document has been developed by the Community Vision 2040 Reference Group (Reference Group) in partnership with Council, and has been informed by engagement with communities across Golden Plains Shire during 2020.

In February and March, 534 people participated in the Community Vision 2040 survey, an open engagement process conducted across the Shire. From the survey responses, the Reference Group created a framework for the Draft Vision 2040, centred on four key themes: community; liveability; sustainability; and prosperity. These themes were then supported and expanded on with the creation of a number of Community Priorities and Vision Statements.

The Reference Group also conducted focused engagement on the Themes, Community Priorities and Vision Statements with Council and community stakeholders, resulting in a further 33 written responses. The common themes and suggestions for improving on the Concept focused on stronger statements around commitment to environmental sustainability and further representation of valuing our indigenous heritage and connection to the traditional owners of the land. From this feedback, further refinement on the concept was undertaken by the Reference Group to produce the Draft Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040.

At its 25 August 2020 Meeting, Council formally received the Draft Vision 2040 document, thanked the Reference Group and community members who took part in the consultation process, and referred the Draft Vision 2040 to the next Council to consider for adoption.

What Happens Next

At its December 2020 meeting, the final Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 was presented to the new Council for adoption. Following the confirmation of this over-arching strategic vision, Council will undertake an extensive community consultation process in early 2021 to develop its Council Plan 2021-2025, detailing its four-year commitment to the people of Golden Plains Shire.

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