BULOKE Shire Council will have its eye on the future as it works with residents to create community plans for each of its 10 towns.
The project, Building Buloke 2030, will see council working together with individuals and groups to plan the future with those living, learning and working in the shire.
Mayor David Pollard said the community plans would gather information about infrastructure and priorities for each town.
“We want the plans to reflect the current community priorities and look at the next 10 years,” he said.
”We want people to tell us about any infrastructure they need, or what buildings are being used or not being used.
“The plans will be based on the strengths, opportunities and challenges each town is facing.”
The project will focus on livability and economic development.
Cr Pollard said the federal government provided council with a grant for the project.
He said it was important council worked with the community to create the plans.
“If the project is purely council driven, it won’t work – we find when the community gets behind something it works a lot better,” he said.
Cr Pollard said residents were invited to share their views on what they love about where they live, current and future challenges as well as opportunities for the future in their community.
He said consultation was vital to the success of Building Buloke 2030.
“There is already an online form people can fill out,” he said.
“There will be a huge community engagement program, with drop-in sessions running in each town.
“We are trying to get as many people involved as possible and we need to do this in every community.
“Council looks forward to working with each community closely.
“I encourage everyone to get involved in sharing their hopes and visions of how they want their community to be in the future for it to grow and be a great place to live and work.”
Cr Pollard said council would use the information collected for planning in the future.
He said people could find out more information about the drop-in sessions online at buloke.vic.gov.au/news-and-consultation .
He said the online survey was available at https://oursay.org/buloke.