Home' Moorabool Matters : December 2009 Contents 04 MOORABOOL MATTERS - COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2009
PLANNING FOR ACTION
What is Community Planning?
Community planning enables local people to decide what they
would like to see happen in their own town or community.
It involves bringing the community together to:
• Identify what they value about their community,
and what strengths and resources exist
• Explore how communities would like to build on these and
how they'd like their community or town to develop in the
shor t and long term
• Identify and decide on shared priorities and projects and
• Work together to achieve these priorities and projects.
Why take this approach to local planning?
Active local par ticipation in planning (coming up with the ideas
and making them happen) fosters greater resilience in
communities. It allows local leadership to develop and towns and
communities to achieve their goals, without relying on Council or
other "outside" organisations. Rather, Councils can suppor t
communities to come together and develop their plans, working
in par tner ship with them to make things happen in their local
Communities that have developed their community plans put
themselves in a favourable position to receive funding. State and
Federal governments, as well as non-government funding
agencies, prefer to see broad community suppor t and agreement
behind project proposals. Increasingly, community plans are being
seen as evidence of this. At a local level, priorities and projects
developed through community planning are in a stronger
position, as evidenced by Council's planning and budget allocation.
What benefits does community planning offer?
• Improves social connections in the community
• Builds a stronger sense of community and of what
the community values
• Creates a sense of pride and belonging
• Creates local ownership of projects and greater sustainability
• Encourages open and democratic process
• Improves communication and cooperation between local
groups, between neighbouring communities and between
communities and governments
• Builds knowledge and skills in the community and in
organisations they work with
• Connects people with resources and
• Ensures, as much as possible, that future developments in a
town or community are what the community actually wants.
A number of Moorabool communities have embraced
community planning through Council's Moorabool Communities
in Action program. Read on to find out how community planning
is helping residents shape the future of their towns.
CELEBRATING THE PEOPLE OF
OUR GREAT SHIRE
Moorabool's 2010 Community Calendar is now available from
the Ballan and Bacchus Marsh Council offices as well as from local
community groups for $5.00.
The 2010 Community Calendar features a collection of 12
profiles of Moorabool Shire's unique and diver se communities. It
showcases Moorabool, capturing the ingredients of what makes
Moorabool a great place to be.
The theme 'Moorabool Celebrating our Generations' was
selected for the 2010 Community Calendar to pay tribute to our
amazing people -- young and old, and in between.
Moorabool celebrates its lifestyle oppor tunities enjoyed
throughout our Shire; as a community we work hard, enjoy our
play and continue to develop our strong community identity.
It is hoped that the beauty of working, playing and enjoying life in
Moorabool is reflected through the pages that follow.
The 12 communities highlighted in the 2010 Moorabool
Celebrating our Generations are: Ballan, Beremboke, Blackwood,
Greendale , Korweinguboora, Lal Lal, Myrnoing, Navigators, Elaine,
Gordon, Bacchus Marsh and Clarkes Hill.
Moorabool Celebrating our Generations is the seventh
Community Calendar produced by the Community Calendar
Representative Committee, a group of volunteers from the towns
featured in the calendar, in par tnership with Moorabool Shire
Council. From July to October, the Representative Committee
and Council officers worked closely over many hour s to produce
A tr ue community project, bringing people from across the Shire
together in donating their time and talents in collaboration, the
Community Calendar continues to prove a successful fundraising
initiative for the Shire's community groups and an effective place
to adver tise local businesses.
As you progress through the months of the calendar, it is hoped
that you will celebrate the ever yday lives, recognise the diver sity of
occupations, be inspired by the recreational activities and identify
with life in Moorabool as por trayed throughout the calendar.
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