One of the biggest community engagement projects ever hosted by Greater Shepparton City Council will be launched today (Tuesday 3 July) at the Eastbank Centre from 4pm to 6pm.
Community members will have two months to share their ideas with Council staff at hundreds of community events, meetings and activities. The ideas will be collected and collated for presentation to the new Council after the October elections to help form a new four-year Council Plan for 2013 to 2017.
The ambitious program kicks off with a special Welcome to Country followed by a launch party featuring a didgeridoo performance as well as Murchison Primary School, Wanganui Flute Players, a youth performance and tunes from Kylie Tuhan and Cindy Doherty.
Council staff will be on hand to gather ideas from the community to help make Greater Shepparton even greater.
Greater Shepparton City Council Chief Executive Officer, Gavin Cator said he looked forward to the coming two months and encourage the community to take advantage of this chance to share what is important to them.
"I am looking forward hearing first-hand from our community about what they like about living in Greater Shepparton and what ideas they have to make the places where they live, work and play even greater.
"Council staff will be out and about in their bright green shirts and all sorts of community events, meetings and activities to encourage people from right across the municipality to share their ideas no matter how big or small.
"We want to hear from people from all sorts of backgrounds, with all sorts of interests and from right across the municipality to share their idea and help ensure the Council Plan represents a wide range of views."
Council staff will collect the data which will then be presented to the new Council to help inform further discussion with the community in early 2013 to shape the next four-year Council Plan.
"As well as the launch, Council staff will be visiting community events throughout the region during the months of July and August," Mr Cator said.
"There will also be a survey included with the next edition of the Council newsletter and a brand new online community discussion portal will be trialled for this project.
"I strongly urge everyone who lives and works in the City of Greater Shepparton to share their ideas through the many mechanisms available and to visit the portal at www.greatershepparton.com.au/together after the launch.
- Released 3 July 2012