Strong advocacy focus for election
Mitchell Shire Council’s new advocacy approach has reached a major milestone with the endorsement of core priorities for 2018 including roads, public transport, access to services, infrastructure, education, jobs and investment, environment and policy.
For the upcoming State Election, Council will focus its public advocacy on roads, public transport, youth mental health and homelessness.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the priorities included a mix of shorter and longer term priorities that needed government support to help ensure the current and future liveability of our community.
“We are one of the fastest growing municipalities in Victoria and we’re planning for our population to increase from 45,000 people to 230,000 people,” Cr Sanderson said.
“A critical role of Council is to advocate to State and Federal governments and work with industry, business and community leaders to ensure our community can access high quality services, programs and infrastructure.
“This growth presents a new dynamic and urgency to our advocacy efforts. By formally endorsing these priorities, we hope to help current and future government representatives and decision makers better understand the critical needs in our community.”
Cr Sanderson said the priorities had been developed based on input from a wide range of sources including the recent Council Plan, various Council strategies and action plans, consultation with the community, service providers, organisations and business representatives.
“It’s been very hard to get the list down to a manageable level, but we think we’ve got a good mix of projects and initiatives that have a critical need for progress over the next 12 months or so to ensure they can be delivered in the future,” Cr Sanderson said.
“We’re sending our priorities to all Ministers and Shadow Ministers and we’ll be discussing them in more detail at every opportunity. We’ll also be providing the list and more detailed information to our local candidates in the lead up to the State and Federal elections and asking them to confirm their position on them.
“We’ll also be providing the list to community members, service providers and organisations to help them present a united voice on behalf of our community and to discuss ideas on ways to progress our three core priority areas for the state election – roads, public transport and access to services for youth mental health and homelessness.”