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Have your say on Moira's budget priorities

Publish Date: 02/12/2016

Moira Shire is seeking feedback and ideas from Moira residents, businesses and visitors to help it develop its four year service and funding priorities, as well as its 2017/18 Budget.

Mayor Gary Cleveland said community feedback is encouraged and all views and ideas are welcome.

“The community can share their ideas online, in person and over the phone,” said Mayor Cleveland.

“Communities change and so do their needs and priorities. We are asking the community to help us understand what’s changing so we can adjust and respond with plans that can realistically be delivered under rate capping,” said Mayor Cleveland.

“We are keen to know what’s working as well as the community’s ideas on what Council should continue, scale back, expand or introduce,” said Mayor Cleveland.

“Taking a longer term perspective will help us map the process and the funding required to make them happen,” said Mayor Cleveland.

Mayor Cleveland said Moira Shire was already adjusting its business operations to meet the challenges of rate capping and the increasing competition for State and Federal grant funding.

“We have two fundamental challenges that we need the community to help us address. Firstly our large, aging asset base, and secondly our more expensive service delivery model compared with other Councils because of our large geographic area, multiple service locations and relatively small, dispersed population,” said Mayor Cleveland.

“These challenges also mean our Shire has a wide variety of business activity, communities, history and natural assets – which creates a variety of needs and ideas. Some may be relevant to just the local community others will be relevant to the entire Shire – either way we are keen to know about them,” said Mayor Cleveland.

The feedback provided will be shared with Council for its consideration as it develops the budget for 2017/18 as well as its longer term Strategic Resource Plan.

“There may be ideas that can’t go into this year’s budget because we need to scope up the proposal – but that just emphasises how important it is to start planning these initiatives.

Please visit our Community Feedback & Consultation webpage to provide feedback.

“The Council’s draft 2017/18 Budget will be provided for public feedback around March next year prior to Council formally adopting the budget by 30 June 2017,” said Mayor Cleveland.

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