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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 Community Vision 2040 survey conducted in February and March 2020 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. Of the responses, there was a good mix of ages, gender and locations from across the Shire.

What has happened since

From the engagement conducted, the Community Reference Group developed a series of Themes, Community Priorities, and Vision Statements. These were tested with Council and Community Stakeholders via circulation of a Vision Concept document in May and June 2020. Thirty-three written responses to the Vision Concept were considered by the Community Reference Group in formulating the Draft Golden Plains Community Vision 2040.

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

To view the survey findings and copy of the Draft Golden Plains Community Vision 2040, click the links below:



What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

The Draft Golden Plains Community Vision 2040 is now available for the community and will be presented to the newly elected Council to adopt in November 2020.

Council will advise of any further updates to the Golden Plains Community Vision 2040 Project.

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 COMPLETED 

May/June 2020: Phase Two Community Engagement – concept document tested with the community COMPLETED 

June/July 2020: Draft Golden Plains Community Vision 2040 created COMPLETED 

August 2020: Draft Golden Plains  Community Vision 2040 provided to Council COMPLETED 

November/December 2020: Final Golden Plains  Community Vision 2040 to be adopted by Council

Contact Information

Community Vision 2040 project
Community and Council Planning
5220 7111
Project Category: 
Last Updated: 
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Project Status: 
Updated Project
The Draft Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 was presented to Council in August. You can read the draft Community Vision here.

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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.