Time to put on thinking caps and share your 2019/20 budget ideas
Does your local playground need jazzing up? Perhaps you know of a sporting facility that needs an upgrade, a local road that needs some attention or a service you’d like to see provided or improved?
Now is the time to put on your thinking caps and let Council know what you’d like to see included in the 2019/20 budget.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said Council was taking a different approach this year, throwing it open to the community to share their ideas much earlier in the budget process.
“This year we’re doing things a little bit differently. Rather than waiting to hear from our community once we’ve developed a draft budget in April, we’re calling for ideas now, Cr Sanderson said.
“We know our community is really insightful and has some fantastic thoughts on how we can improve our shire and we know there are some great projects being planned throughout our community.
“By getting in early and collating these ideas, it will give us enough time to investigate and prioritise them and hopefully include some in the 2019/20 budget.”
Cr Sanderson said the community would also continue to have a legislated opportunity to provide feedback once the draft budget is created next year.
“As always, residents and community groups will still be able to make formal submissions after the draft budget is released for the legislated consultation period in April. However, hearing from our community now will give us much more time to consider what we can include in the budget as the consultation period in April really doesn’t give us very much time to fully explore projects in depth,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Over the coming weeks, we’ll be at a range of community events where you can let us know your ideas.”
You can also have your say on our Engaging Mitchell website or grab a hard copy from our Customer and Library Services Centres in Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan.
Submissions close on Monday 8 October 2018.