Have Your Say - Draft Community Vision 2036

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Public submissions are invited on the Council’s draft Benalla Rural City Community Vision 2036.

In 2015, we undertook an engagement process to develop a long-term Community Plan with more than 700 community members and guided by 11 independent community representatives from across Benalla Rural City.

This long-term Community Plan has been reviewed with community representatives and the long-term vision content has been updated to form the Council’s proposed Community Vision 2036.

Our Vision

Benalla Rural City is welcoming and friendly, thriving and prosperous, sustainable, innovative and industrious, caring and supportive and engaging for all residents and visitors – a place where people want to continue to live, move to and are proud to call home.

To achieve this vision, individuals, communities, organisations and businesses must continue to work together for the common good and prosperity of all people who live, visit, work and invest in Benalla Rural City.

The Benalla Rural City Community Vision 2036 incorporates seven guiding themes:

Community wellbeing and sense of place

In 2036 we will be a vibrant, activated, inclusive, cohesive rural city celebrating our valued and progressive lifestyle, diversity, and cultural heritage. All our communities will be working together in partnership to strengthen our overall wellbeing and sense of place.

A well-planned, connected and accessible community

In 2036 we will be a well-planned, connected and accessible community with quality, well-maintained and utilised infrastructure, including integrated transport and advanced telecommunications.

A vibrant, thriving and progressive economy

In 2036 Benalla Rural City will boast a diverse, robust and resilient economy attracting ongoing investment, offering a diverse range of tourism experiences and providing a destination of choice for new industries and job opportunities in a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Planning for population growth

In 2036 Benalla Rural City will have an increased population with ample job opportunities, exceptional services, facilities and infrastructure and a strong, skilled and innovative workforce. Diversity will be embraced and the welcoming community feel of Benalla Rural City will be maintained with sustainable and planned growth.

A sustainable environment

In 2036 we will have beautiful scenic landscapes, healthy waterways and excellent air quality. We will responsibly manage our valued natural resources with innovative practices, sustainable planning and living and strengthened community education and partnerships.

A destination of choice

In 2036 Benalla Rural City will be a destination of choice with a diverse range of tourism experiences, arts, sport and cultural initiatives, programs and events. These will present a range of participation and employment opportunities for visitors and the local community.

Leadership and community spirit

In 2036 Benalla Rural City will have a strong and distinctive spirit and character. Our community will be recognised for its strong leadership, collaborative partnerships, extensive networks, and high level of community engagement and participation.

The objectives, themes and future vision statements of the Community Vision 2036 have informed the strategic framework for the Council Plan 2021-2025 and ensure that Council’s objectives and strategies are aligned to the long-term vision of the community.

For more information on the public exhibition process visit our public notices

Use the form below to provide feedback on the Community Vision 2036 by 5pm Thursday 30 September 2021.


Have Your Say
Would you like to speak at a Council meeting on Wednesday 6 October 2021