Budget 2018/2019 - Progress on Community Plan initiatives

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Greater Bendigo City Council has listed its priorities for progressing the Community Plan as part of this year’s Budget document.

Council has itemised priorities under each strategic goal for completion in the 2018/2019 year, which include:

Lead and govern for all

  • Strengthen the Youth Action Group to become a Youth Council
  • Advocate for priority issues that impact on the region including: City deal/smarter city support, regional resource recovery and the Bendigo Law Courts

Wellbeing and fairness

  • Greater Bendigo Food hub design and implementation of the Food Systems Policy
  • Develop community hubs with free Wi-Fi in multiple rural locations

Strengthening the economy

  • Complete a City Centre Activation plan
  • Complete a review of parking services and prioritise recommendations

Presentation and managing growth

  • Complete the Strathfieldsaye Early Years Hub and plan for preschool upgrades
  • Continue to advocate for increased funding to upgrade intersections with an accident history to improve safety

Environmental sustainability

  • Support regional solar projects including feasibility for a regional scale solar facility
  • Increase urban shade and protect significant and heritage trees

Embracing our heritage and culture

  • Advocate for funding for the Chinese precinct and Golden Dragon Museum redevelopment
  • Complete relevant heritage studies

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said combining the annual plan (annual actions against the Community Plan) and the Budget demonstrated how the two documents worked together.

“The Budget represents Council’s plan for our community for the financial year,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“We plan our budget to closely reflect our Community Plan priorities and we are looking forward to getting started on the action items we have listed for this year.”


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