Mitchell Shire Council has again put the community’s service and infrastructure needs on the agenda at a State level, meeting at Parliament House with members of the Opposition to discuss a range of issues including transport, health, education and jobs.
Mayor Rhonda Sanderson and CEO David Turnbull were joined by other Interface Mayors and CEOs earlier this month, as they led a discussion about the challenges facing outer Melbourne councils with Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and Shadow Minster for Local Government and Finance David Morris.
Items on the agenda included the service gaps and improvements needed regarding transport, health, education and jobs.
The Interface Council’s Liveability Project, population growth and the importance of the Growing Suburbs Fund in providing infrastructure to fast growing communities were also discussed.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said all Interface Councils were experiencing major challenges due to population growth and a lack of services and meetings like this were fantastic opportunities to paint a picture of what life is like on the ground in our communities.
“We’re committed to lobbying for better services for our community and we’ve been working really hard to seek funding and support for a whole host of our advocacy priorities at a State level,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Meetings like these are a great chance to put some of our community’s issues on the agenda and further lobby for action.
“It is important that we’re at the forefront of these kind of discussions with both those in Government and those in Opposition so that we can paint the picture of what is happening in our shire and get the ball rolling on ways that we can all work together on solutions to address these issues.”
Council held similar meetings recently with Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan and Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley.
Council has also met with several federal and state MPs and parliamentary representatives and is starting to meet with election candidates to outline our advocacy priorities.
Meanwhile, Council this week hosted Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) at Broadford Youth Room as they launched their action plan to improve the lives of young people in Victoria.
The plan identifies 9 key actions to make a difference, many of which align closely with Council’s advocacy priorities.
To learn more about Council’s advocacy priorities, click HERE or to view YACVic’s action plan visit www.vicyouth.org.au.