Your say: Community Vision, Council Plan and Financial Plan

Submissions closed on 23 September 2021, 05:00 PM

Council is inviting your feedback on three important documents that describe the community’s long-term vision and Council’s priorities and goals.

The draft Community Vision(PDF, 7MB) describes the community’s aspirations for the shire.

The draft Council Plan 2021-2031(PDF, 3MB) will guide how Council works towards achieving that vision over the next ten years. 

The draft Financial Plan 2021/22 to to 2030/31(PDF, 4MB) will guide how the actions in the Council Plan will be funded.

These documents form part of the Integrated Strategic Planning Framework and sit alongside the Annual Budget and Revenue and Rating Plan, which were adopted in June 2021.

Community Vision Statement

“With our unique regional identity, Macedon Ranges Shire embodies a caring, resilient approach to community through our robust local economy, protection of the natural environment and a collaborative commitment to inclusivity for all.”

Developing the draft Community Vision 

The draft Community Vision(PDF, 7MB) was developed by residents who formed the Community Vision Assembly in early 2021.

Selected by an independent consultant, 28 Assembly members represented the broad demographics of the community.

They met five times during March and April, with sessions run by professional and independent facilitators.

The Assembly’s task was to carefully discuss and consider the big issues and explore opportunities for our future.

These discussions formed the foundation for the 10-year community vision statement and three main themes for what life could look like in the shire in 2031.

These themes are:

  1. Connecting communities: A connected community is where people have access to the services they need and are empowered to contribute, creating a sense of belonging.
  2. Healthy environment, healthy people: The community prioritises the protection of the natural environment and recreational facilities.
  3. Business and tourism: Business and tourism is about prioritising and promoting the people, resources, services and our regional identity to ensure economic growth.

Council is committed to using the work of the Community Vision Assembly to guide strategies and plans for the future of the Shire and to strengthen the relationship with the community.

The closing statement from the Assembly said, “The Community Vision Assembly feels as though this initiative has allowed greater input into the direction of our shire. We believe these recommendations provide a good roadmap to achieving the Macedon Ranges Shire that we envision for our community. We trust that our recommendations will guide Council to realise our vision for the future.”

Our shire demographics

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The draft Council Plan 2021–2031(PDF, 3MB) provides strategic direction for the future of the Macedon Ranges Shire. It aligns key priorities and supports the achievement the community’s vision over the next ten years.


Strategic objectives

  • Connecting communities: Council will continue to maintain all the roads, paths, buildings and open spaces in our built environment in a financially, environmentally and socially sustainable way.
  • Healthy environment, healthy people: to promote a healthy environment, healthy people, Council aims to support mental health, prevent violence against women, and improve heathy lifestyles, social connection and inclusion, community safety, and arts and culture.
  • Business and tourism: Council will provide an economic environment that promotes business diversity, tourism, housing, transport, information technology and communications, and employment opportunities.
  • Deliver strong and reliable government: Council will provide good governance, with a clear vision and culture, transparency, respect, consistency, accountability and responsiveness.

The plan outlines how Council will measure success, how actions will be evaluated and reported, and the planning principles applied to achieving outcomes.

The draft Financial Plan(PDF, 4MB) spans ten years from 2021/22 to 2030/31.

The Financial Plan supports Council’s Vision and Council Plan by providing a 10-year financially sustainable projection regarding how the actions of the Council Plan may be funded to achieve the Community Vision. It shows the community where Council’s funding comes from and how we will spend it to achieve the best outcomes for our shire.

It contains the Financial Plan Statements for each of the ten years of the plan, including the:

  • Comprehensive Income Statement
  • Balance Sheet
  • Statement of Changes in Equity
  • Statement of Cash Flows
  • Statement of Capital Works
  • Statement of Human Resources.

It also outlines the financial performance indicators used for the financial projections, as well as the strategies and plans that support those projections.

Submit your submission online

There are a number of other ways you can have your say:

Residents who submit feedback are invited to register to present at a Submitters Committee Meeting on Wednesday 13 October 2021 (time to be confirmed closer to the date). If you would like to do this, please make sure you indicate this as part of your submission.