Council meeting pieces - Meeting of 15 June 2022

Published on 16 June 2022

Parks and playgrounds

Open Space Strategy adopted

Council has adopted the Open Space Strategy, a high level plan to guide the decision making process when planning, designing and maintaining the open space network and builds on the previous document developed in 2014.

Open spaces include parks and formal gardens, playgrounds, sporting and recreation reserves, paths and significant water assets on rivers and other waterways. The strategy was released for public comment in April this year, with four submissions received. All related to specific places seeking updates or beautification of an area, rather than the overarching guiding principles.

In adopting the strategy, Council recognised the need to review it once the Township Facility Plans across the shire are completed.

The strategy is available on Council’s website.

Year 2 Council Plan actions endorsed

Council has endorsed year two actions, as part of delivering the four-year Council Plan, to be completed across the 2022/23 financial year.

The Council Plan, developed by the new Council, sets out four key priority areas for their term, being:

  • Flourishing local economy
  • Resilient protected and healthy natural environment
  • Well planned places
  • Growing quality of life

In finalising the Council Plan, year one actions were included, being the focus for the 2021/22 year. Each year actions for the year ahead will be developed, this is where the community can see how Council plans to deliver on its Council Plan.

The Year 2 Action Plan is available on Council’s website, together with the Council Plan.

Omnibus Amendment C118

Following extensive community advertising and open community sessions, Council has adopted Amendment C118, now to be submitted to the Minister for Planning for final approval.

The purpose of the amendment is to align the scheme with the Minister for Planning’s Ministerial Direction and to implement the recommendations of the scheme review. The amendment mainly changes the structure and content of the Planning Scheme, to make it easier to read and use.

The amendment was advertised in February this year, with five community drop-in sessions held across the shire to assist residents in understanding what was being planned. Thirteen submissions were received, all resolved through providing clarification, or agreed changes made to the amendment.

Once approved by the Minister, the amendment will be incorporated into the Campaspe Planning Scheme.

Asset Management Plans adopted

Council has adopted the Asset Management Plans 2022-32, including the Asset Plan, Strategic Asset Management Plan and Asset Management Plan. The Asset Plan is a community facing document that details how Council’s $881 million of assets will be managed and maintained, while meeting the community’s needs and interests. The plan addresses all aspects of asset management including maintenance, renewal, acquisition, expansion, disposal or decommissioning of assets.

The plan provides a ten year financial and strategic outlook for managing the assets that are owned and controlled by Council.

In adopting the plan, Council recognised the need to review it once the Township Facility Plans across the shire are completed.

The document is available on Council’s website.

Community Event Sponsorships

Council has approved two Community Event Sponsorships:

  • Echuca Moama Arts Initiative Inc - $1,000 to assist with hosting the EMAI Arts Prize 2022
  • Kyabram Theatre Group Inc - $1,000 to assist with the costs for the ‘Cinderella’ production

The program is open year round providing financial support to not-for-profit community groups to conduct events.