Council Plan coming back to community
Bass Coast Shire Council’s draft Council Plan and Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21 will be out for community comment by mid-May this year.
Council is still currently working on the development of the draft Plan, having undertaken significant community consultation throughout the month of January.
Whilst it was originally intended to release the draft Plan for comment in March, Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said it is essential that Council doesn’t rush the process.
“It’s an incredibly involved document that will form the basis of our decisions over the next four years,” Cr Rothfield said.
“We have to be absolutely sure it accurately represents the desires of the Bass Coast community.
“A Strategic Resource Plan also needs to be completed, and we just can’t rush it.”
With less than eight months between Councillors being elected and developing and adopting a four year plan, Cr Rothfield said extending the original 30 June deadline was being reviewed as an alteration to the Local Government Act due to be adopted later this year.
“To be able to have the time to find our feet in our new roles and go out and speak with as many members of our community as possible, to then categorise and analyse thousands of comments to feed into a Council Plan is a monumental task,” Cr Rothfield said.
“We received an overwhelming amount of information from our community, and processing it all takes time. We want to meet the expectations of our community and make sure that when we present our draft Plan to the community, we get it right.”
More information on the Council Plan 2017-21 can be found at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/abetterbasscoast.