Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 Refresh

Share Your Thoughts and Make a Difference
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Between 2019 and 2020, community members shared their thoughts and aspirations to create the Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040.

Four years later, we are asking the community if the Vision still reflects their aspirations to ensure we are still working towards the right goals. Community members are invited to ‘Share Your Thoughts and Make a Difference’ from Monday 15 January 2024 to Friday 29 March 2024.



The Community Vision 2040 identifies the following four priority areas; Community, Liveability, Prosperity, and Sustainability to be focused upon for the next 20 years.

Community Vision themes

Council has been progressing these priority areas and ideas, and you can read more about this work in our Annual Report 2022-23.

The list below gives you a snapshot of where the Community Vision 2040 has come to life in Golden Plains Shire since 2020:


  • Seniors Festival in Golden Plains Shire
  • Golden Plains Youth Hub opened in April 2022


  • Development of the Tracks and Trails Strategy
  • New recreation and play space in Linton and upgrades to existing facilities in Meredith, Lethbridge, Rokewood and Smythesdale


  • Adoption of the Climate Emergency Plan 2022-2032
  • Inverleigh Tree Succession Plan


  • Golden Plains Careers Expo established in 2023
  • Business concierge service through Victorian Government's Better Approvals Program

Next steps

We are revisiting the Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 to ensure it still reflects the aspirations of our community. Find out more about how you can be involved by reviewing the Community Vision 2040 Refresh Timeline on this page.

Community Engagement Workshops

Bannockburn and Smythesdale

On Friday 22 March 2024 from 10am to 3pm in Bannockburn and Smythesdale, Council will host community members on-site for a suite of presentations and facilitated discussions about community-focused strategic plans and updates, this event will also include a catered lunch.

RSVP by Tuesday 19 March 2024


On Wednesday 27 March 2024 from 6.30 to 8pm in Dereel, Council will host community members on-site for presentations on various recent and related community-focused strategic plans and updates including the Community Vision 2040, Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan and Disability Action Plan. This event will also include a catered dinner.

RSVP by Monday 25 March 2024 

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Have Your Say Survey

We invite you to Have Your Say on the Golden Plains Community Vision Refresh 2040 by completing the short survey below.

Have Your Say

The survey is open from Monday 15 January until Friday 29 March 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why are we updating the 2040 Community Vision? 

In June of 2023, Council passed a notice of motion decision to update the Community Vision 2040. We will be checking in with the community on the vision strategy through attending a variety of community events, hosting a community engagement workshop and publishing a draft for comment before republishing the updated Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 in 2024. 

How can we contribute to the Vision? 

You can contribute by filling in the Have Your Say survey on this webpage, having a chat with Councillors and staff who are promoting the Community Vision 2040 Refresh throughout January-March 2024, and by attending our Community Engagement Workshop on Friday 22 March 2024. 

You can also view a copy of the current Community Vision 2040 by clicking the PDF file at the bottom of this page in related documents and hard copies will be available at Council’s Customer Hubs: Golden Plains Civic Centre at 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn and The Well at 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale. 

What happens next? 

Once the consultation is complete, Council will prepare a What We Heard report summarising the feedback provided by the community in mid-2024. Council will then prepare a draft updated Community Vision 2040 document which will be considered for endorsement by Council in September 2024. Following the Council election in October, the document will then assist the newly elected Council in preparing the next Council Plan.

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