Your Council Plan 2021-2025

Working together for a healthy, connected shire

After the most extensive community engagement undertaken in the shire, Mount Alexander Shire Council is proud to present a draft Council Plan for 2021-2025.

What is a Council Plan?

All Victorian local government authorities must prepare a Council Plan to meet requirements of the Local Government Act 2020. The Council Plan outlines Council’s strategic direction, strategic objectives, strategies, indicators, initiatives and priorities for at least the next four financial years.

A Council Plan with your vision in mind

The draft Plan includes a finalised ten-year Community Vision. The Vision has been a central part of developing this Plan.

Our plan to work towards this vision has three central pillars:

Council Plan pillars

Your Community Vision

After nearly 1,000 contributions totaling over 70,000 words, as well as community forums and engagement with dozens of stakeholder groups and partner organisations, we are proud to present the new ten-year Community Vision for Mount Alexander Shire.

Thank you for your feedback! If you'd like, you can read the report on your engagement in developing this vision.

In 2031, our community is connected to each other, and comes together to build and celebrate an inclusive, creative shire.

We are a healthy community that values the natural beauty of the Djaara Country we live on.

We also know that preserving our natural environment means living sustainably and caring for country.

We are protecting our shire from the threat of climate change by working together at the local level.

We are a welcoming community where everybody has access to services and supports, and opportunities for housing, education, employment and creative and social pursuits.

We’re known as a vibrant place which draws upon its creative spirit and shared heritage.

We’re building a place where everyone can enjoy the beauty, history and friendliness of the shire.

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Tell us what you love

More to say?

16 May, 2021

kaytee says:

The slower pace. Caring, conscientious and passionate community. Heritage streetscapes, cafes, food, culture, events, parks and bushlands.

16 May, 2021

John_C says:

Rural work and farming. Native flora and fauna. Local communities caring. Good food, music, art and film a block away. Cycling. Night stars.

16 May, 2021

Genb says:

The culture of community, the bush and natural environment, open spaces, the arts, proximity to Melb/Bendigo, cafes, local creativity.

16 May, 2021

KeppelC says:

I love the friendly, creative and conscious community in which we live, the peaceful environment & living at a human scale close to nature.

16 May, 2021

ElizaTree says:

I love our Community: small, creative and expressive, with local villages. Living close to nature & the climate- with its dramatic seasons.

16 May, 2021

Kathryn says:

I'm a homeless 64 yo woman living with kind friends. I love this country and community, participating with and feeling the care of others

15 May, 2021

Hallmark says:

Connect community, vibrant arts scene, appreciation of heritage/history, national parks, Dja Dja Wurrung culture and country.

15 May, 2021

MrHistory says:

Uncongested roads, clean air, low crime, great hospital, open space ,clear night sky's, built history, community groups who engage encourage

15 May, 2021

MrHistory says:

Taking Cairn Curran Reservoir photos. Views from Mt Tarrengower & Mt Alexander. Muckleford and Fryerstown bushlands. Local historic groups.

15 May, 2021

MrHistory says:

Like minded people who value attractive open rural landscape. I enjoy studying the history of our early pastoral pioneers & mining settlers.

15 May, 2021

SarahLambert says:

We moved from Melbourne to live in a smaller community, where people know and care about each other. Also, more sun!

15 May, 2021

ArtistsAct says:

The untapped potential of an intelligent creative community. Castlemaine is the destination of Melbourne’s aging diverse bohemian community.

Share your shire story

Share your shire story

Do you have a personal story about living here in Mount Alexander Shire? Share it with your community!

The experiences of our community members tell us better than any survey about what they love about living here, and their hopes for the future. These stories will help us shape that future together.

Contact Us

Would you like to know more about the project, and how your contribution makes a difference? Get in touch.

Name Ed Butler, Manager of Communications and Customer Services
Phone 03 5471 1700

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