Home' Moorabool Matters : Moorabool Matters August 2009 Contents COUNCIL PLAN AND BUDGET
Council at its Ordinary meeting on Wednesday, 15 July adopted the
2009/10 Annual Budget.
The 2009/10 Annual Budget allocates $6.971 million to capital works
projects, including both infrastr ucture renewal and development.
This includes $3.722 million in maintaining its road and drainage
infrastructure and $2.448 million on community and corporate facilities.
In addition, Council has budgeted $16.020 million for the delivery of
essential core ser vices and new initiatives. This means community
member s will continue to benefit from ser vices such as family day
care, meals on wheels, youth ser vices, enforcement of local laws,
immunisations, garbage and recycling collection, the maintenance of
public open spaces and animal registrations, amongst many others.
The 2009/10 Annual Budget will be examined in detail in the next
issue of Moorabool Matter s.
ADOPTION OF 2009-2013
Council now has a new four-year strategic plan. The 2009-2013
Council Plan outlines the framework of what the Council sees as the
future direction for Moorabool Shire. It gives a literal description of
where we want to be in four year s but also provides us with the
directions on how to get there .
Council was clear from the onset of the development of the Plan
that it must be clear ; less words is better. The other focus was to not
make it full of promises that Council could not guarantee due to
limited resources or because it would be beyond Council's control.
So what makes up the Council Plan?
The Council Plan is made up of four Key Result Areas. They are:
• Representation and Leadership of our Community
• Community Wellbeing
• Enhanced, Natural and Built Environment
• Continuous Improvement in Council Ser vices
These areas are similar to the previous Council Pan but an impor tant
difference is that these four areas now contain reference to
sustainability. Previously sustainability was a separate key result area
but it is impor tant that it be reflected throughout the plan and be
considered as a component of ever ything we do rather than as a
The key result areas are then broken down into objectives or desired
outcomes that Council want to achieve. The strategies then outline
how Council will under take the achievement of the objectives. Each
year's actions then give indications of the types of activities that
suppor t each strategy.
In the past the Council Plan normally indicates the proposed actions
for one year only. This document differ s as it provides not only a list
of actions that have been decided as par t of the current budget, but
also lists actions that will be considered as par t of budget
deliberations over the next three year s. The list is not a wish list but
is par t of Council's strategic direction and includes actions that are
affordable. Fur ther actions can of course be included and considered
as par t of each year's budget process.
The plan is also suppor ted by key performance indicator s which
have targets to allow Council to measure how successful they have
been in progressing towards the outcomes set.
What makes this Council Plan so important?
The development of this Council Plan saw a greater emphasis on
community consultation. As par t of the November 2008 Council
Elections the Councillors were out and about in the community
finding out what was impor tant for each of the many communities
of Moorabool. These ideas were brought to the table when planning
commenced for this impor tant document.
Also impor tant to the process were Council's other Strategic
documents which needed to be reflected in the Council Plan. Many
of these documents had been made available for public comment so
this input is also reflected in the Council Plan.
Once the Council Plan was in a preliminar y format it was sent to
over 300 community groups for comment. There was also a
workshop held in Bacchus Mar sh where the document was
discussed at length looking at the format and framework that was
developed. Several ideas were put forward from the community that
were seen as ver y beneficial and they were incorporated into the
Council then went through its legislative requirements and put the
draft Council Plan on public exhibition for 28 days, during which time
the community was able to lodge submissions. Three submissions
were received and these were based around the actions proposed
rather than the structure of the plan.
Where to from here?
The progress against actions will be repor ted to Council on a
quar terly basis and the measures repor ted annually to quantify any
progress made. Each year as par t of the budget process the actions
will be confirmed for the following year.
The Council Plan is now in place for the next four years but each
year the Council will review the document to ensure it still sets the
future direction. Following each review Council will place the
document on public exhibition for 28 days and the community can
again lodge submissions which will be
considered by Council.
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