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Benalla Rural City Council has released a draft review of its Council Plan 2013-2017 that shows good progress on achieving the community’s priorities. The Council’s Strategic Resource Plan has also been reviewed.

Members of the public are being asked to comment on the reviews and have until Wednesday 28 May to make a written submission.

The draft review is required each year by the Local Government Act and reports progress around all the activities outlined in the plan which was adopted last year, as well as suggesting any necessary adjustments to it and the Strategic Resource Plan.

The draft review can be downloaded from the link below, or a copy obtained from the Customer Service Centre at 1 Bridge Street East, Benalla.People can put their submission in writing to Benalla Rural City Council, PO Box 227 Benalla, 3671, or via email: council@benalla.vic.gov.au.
 
Highlights of the draft review include:
 Significant progress on delivering the $4.6 million Civic Precinct Revitalisation Project and completion of improvements to the Benalla Town Hall.
 Partnering with the Swanpool and Tatong communities to upgrade key local facilities, after securing significant State Government funding.
 $150,000 of State Government funding secured for the Business Growth (Enterprise Park) Project study to facilitate the long-term development of the Enterprise Park industrial estate.
 A trial of 360 litre recycling bins and the introduction of free television and computer recycling at the Benalla Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre.
 Adoption of the Information Communication and Technology Strategy 2013-2017.
 

Proposed new actions to be added to the Council Plan include:
 Establishing a Council Youth Advisory Committee.
 Developing plans and strategies that encourage people to walk and cycle to work and for social and recreational purposes.
 Establishing a strategic approach for the ongoing development of the Benalla Art Gallery, and preparing a Benalla Art Gallery Master Plan.
 

In order to meet these objectives as identified by the community, the Strategic Resource Plan has been updated. Forecast revenue from rates and charges remains unchanged at a maximum increase of 5% per year for the life of the Council Plan 2013-2017. However, the Council has resolved that as the 2014/15 Budget has yet to be determined, the proposed increase in 2014/15 rates and charges revenue may be reduced.

“As well as all of the exciting things that have happened, the Council is also on track to develop projects to ‘shovel-ready’ status by the end of the Council Plan, such as the redevelopment of the Aquatic Centre and the Visitor Information Centre” said Mayor of Benalla Rural City Council, Cr Barbara Alexander. “The Council is very proud of what it has been able to achieve so far, and how proactive it has been in securing funding for important capital projects.”

Cr Alexander said that she hoped that people in the community would take this opportunity to have their say on how the Council Plan was progressing.

“We are keen to hear any feedback that the community has about the review of both the Council Plan and Strategic Resource Plan,” she said. “When we send out a document for consultation, it isn’t the finished product. People’s comments are welcome and will be considered.”
 


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 Public Notice: Council Plan 2013-17 (2014 Review) schedule
 Public Notice: Council Plan 2013-17 (2014 Review) and Budget meeting schedule
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