What makes Rochester Great?

7 December 2017 - Media release

Rochester residents are invited to be part of an exciting new project that will develop and set out the future direction of the township.

Campaspe Shire Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston, said the first step of the project will start on Saturday, 16 December, with staff and councillors at the Rochester Community Market.

“The community will be asked to think about ‘What makes Rochester great?’ and to contribute their ideas and suggestions,” Cr Weston said.

“Comments will be captured and fed into an overall Community and Economic Development Plan which will identify key focus areas and actions for Rochester.”

A stand will be set up at the market with staff and councillors chatting to residents about the project, handing out postcards to capture comments, as well as offering some great giveaways for ideas submitted.

“This is just the first step of the project with a formal consultation process to follow early in the New Year. This project will follow council’s new community engagement process of place-based planning, a process that will see similar projects developed across the shire,” Cr Weston said.

Following the recent closure of Murray Goulburn at Rochester development of a plan was a key priority of the community group set up, Rochester Open for Business. State government funding of $50,000 was announced in August, and the plan is now underway.

The Community and Economic Development Plan will prepare Rochester community for future economic and environmental challenges and will consider:

  • Critical infrastructure works to support economic development
  • Social engagement strategies to reenergise the community and build resilience
  • Education and training needs to enhance the Rochester communities capacity to evolve in a changing industry / employment environment
  • A marketing plan for Rochester which includes a town brand
  • Identified short, medium and long-term priorities to achieve the outcomes

“We are looking forward to starting this project and what ideas and suggestions the community come forward with,” Cr Weston said.

Residents not able to participate through the market day event can still provide input through the postcards at the Rochester Customer Service Centre.