Council meeting pieces

16 May 2018 - Media release

COUNCIL MEETING PIECES – MEETING 15 MAY 2018

Council Plan review

Council has completed the annual review of its Council Plan and Strategic Resource Plan confirming that both continue to be appropriate for their remaining terms.

The Council Plan 2017-21 is the key strategic document for the council term. It sets council’s vision, strategic objectives, and actions and measures for achieving the objectives.

The Strategic Resource Plan 2017-18 outlines the financial and non-financial resources required to implement the Council Plan over the four-year period.

The purpose of the reviews is to ensure that the strategic direction, priorities and intent of each plan remain appropriate for the remainder of their lifespan. No changes were made to the Council Plan with updates made to the financials in the Strategic Resource Plan in line with the financial year budget.

The Council Plan and Strategic Resource Plan are available on council’s website.

Community Engagement Framework

Following public consultation, council has adopted the Community Engagement Framework which sets out its approach to engaging with the community. The framework, supported by a policy and toolkit, sets out the direction for the delivery of effective and meaningful engagement with the community.

Council’s approach to community engagement is based on an internationally recognised model, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) model, with the five guiding levels of engagement, to:

Inform                     To provide the public with balanced and objective information to assist them in understanding the problem, alternatives, opportunities and/ or solutions.

Consult           To obtain public feedback on analysis, alternatives and/or decisions

Involve            To work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered.

Collaborate    To partner with the public in each aspect of the decision including the development of alternatives and the identification of the preferred solution.

Empower        To place final decision making in the hands of the public.

Electric Line Clearance Management Plan

Council has adopted the Electric Line Clearance Management Plan 2017-18, meeting its responsibilities under the Electricity Safety Act 1998. The purpose of the plan is to mitigate against the impacts of vegetation on power lines in the declared areas of Echuca, Kyabram and Rochester.

Council is required to develop an Electric Line Clearance Management Plan and review it annually. Updating of the plan takes account of any new legislation and is informed by data collected by council’s arborist who conducts an annual audit to identify vegetation that has, or has the potential to, encroach into the clearance space.

A program of vegetation clearing is compiled from the results of the audit and a contractor will be engaged to remove the identified vegetation.

Responsive Grants approved

Council has approved an amount of $1,000 in responsive grants to assist the Echuca Neighbourhood House with the official re-opening of the Back 9 Golf Course.