Shire Council is seeking residents’ views

WELLINGTON Shire Council is seeking residents’ views to guide its vision for the future, following the revisit of its Wellington 2030 campaign.

The campaign was relaunched last month at Wellington Entertainment Centre, with councillors Scott Rossetti and Carolyn Crossley speaking with residents regarding their concerns and comments.

An initial survey gauging key community concerns for the Wellington Shire was conducted in 2008, receiving 1000 responses, in addition to a number of workshops with schools and forums for stakeholders.

From this, the council was able to divide the shire’s main areas of interest into nine themes council, culture, development, economy, liveability, natural environment, population, transport and roads.

Wellbeing and safety were key areas of concern for Wellington residents.

Strategies were then outlined to demonstrate how the council plans to accomplish the vision.

Council found a revisit was necessary because of many changing external factors in the Wellington region.

The 2016 survey is a means of confirming that Wellington Shire is headed in the right direction, investigating any new issues that may have arisen.

“The 2030 is a really crucial document that the council makes because it directs what the vision and the future is for Wellington,” Cr Crossley said.

“We really want the community to be involved in that process, because this is where our business plans come from, and this is where our budgets are made from, so really it’s the biggest single document that has impact on what happens in your council.

“[We need] as many people as possible, from all sorts of varieties online, at your local library, at the information desks to fill in a quick form of what you want your community to be.”

Mayor Darren McCubbin said the community vision informed council what was most valuable for residents and ratepayers.

“This information guides what we advocate for to other levels of government,” he said.

“It helps us ensure that funding is spread equitably in terms of community need.

“I urge all residents to get involved in this project.

“The more voices we hear, the better outcome we all get.

“If you only ever have your say on one council project, please make it this one.”

The information provided by the community will be used to develop the up to date vision ready for the new council after the local government elections later this year.

The newly-elected council will be provided with this information to help it develop its strategic vision for the next four years, the Council Plan 2018-22.

Council officers will visit community markets and events during coming weeks to talk with residents, and weekly updates will appear in the Gippsland Times.

Residents can provide their feedback until August 19.

More information is available at www.welling ton2030.com, and via the organisation’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wellingtonshirecouncil