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Draft Community Vision Now Online

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Monday, 7 September 2020 - 10:30am
Draft Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 Golden Plains Shire Council

Following extensive consultation, the Draft Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 is now available online, ahead of adoption by the next Council.

The Draft Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 seeks to reflect 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 in partnership with Council, and has been informed by engagement with communities across Golden Plains Shire during 2020.

In February and March, 534 people took part in the Community Vision 2040 survey, which was an open engagement process conducted across the Shire. From the survey responses, the Reference Group created a framework for the Draft Community Vision, 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. 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 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.

The Draft Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 is now available on Council’s website at

Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey acknowledged the members of the Reference Group and community members for their work in developing the Shire’s Draft Community Vision.

“The Draft Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 is a unique whole-of-community plan that aims to reflect local residents’ aspirations about the future of our Shire and guide decision-making toward this vision.

“From the survey questions, to the identifying of key themes, and right through to the development of the draft document, this project has been led by the fantastic and committed members of our Community Vision 2040 Reference Group. On behalf of Council, I’d like to thank all members of the Reference Group for their dedication and passion in this process, as well as the more than 500 locals who took part in the survey.

“This document represents the community’s vision for our future. Long-term strategic planning is vital to our community, and this project has been an important one not only for residents and our current Council, but certainly for the next Council, and all future ones until 2040. I encourage all residents to visit Council’s website and give the Community Vision a read.”

The formal adoption of the Community Vision and any further engagement, will be a decision for the next Council following October’s Golden Plains Shire Council election.

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Monday, 7 September 2020 - 3:04pm


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.