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Council sets its direction for the next four years
07 June 2013
Council has committed to a new four-year plan that aims to preserve Yarra’s unique identity while managing the impacts of rapid growth and change.
The Council Plan 2013–17 provides a long-term road map to help Council respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the municipality.
The plan was adopted at Council’s meeting this week following extensive consultation with the Yarra community.
It is based on five key objectives: Celebrating Yarra’s Uniqueness; Supporting Yarra’s Community; Making Yarra More Liveable; Ensuring a Sustainable Yarra and Leading Local Government.
Yarra Mayor Cr Jackie Fristacky said developing the plan provided an opportunity to take a fresh look at how Council can best meet the evolving needs of the community.
“Yarra is undergoing a period of significant change. In the five years up to 2011, our population grew by 14% and employment grew by 18%. This growth, coupled with the rise in high-density apartment-style living, continues to shift the social and physical landscape of our city,” Cr Fristacky said.
“Council’s new plan steers a strategic direction to adapt to these changes, while at the same time maintaining the distinct character that sets Yarra apart from any other municipality in Australia,” she said.
“Yarra is socially and culturally diverse, nurturing a thriving creative scene, a booming local economy and a proud history of social, political and environmental activism. We have an important Aboriginal history to share, as well as unique natural and architectural heritage.
“We want to preserve these characteristics, as well as supporting our community – especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged - through providing relevant services, facilities and infrastructure.
“Our commitment to sustainability will underlie our work, along with our aim to respond to the needs of our community in ways that are efficient, financially responsible and innovative.”
The Council Plan reaffirms a number of key projects for Council, including establishing:
- A child care centre in Abbotsford
- A new indoor sports centre (subject to funding and identifying a suitable site)
- The North Fitzroy library and community hub
- A community facility at the former Channel 9 site in Richmond
- A charitable trust that will that will generate funds to help local artists and arts organisations stay in Yarra
- More parks and open spaces
- New economic and tourism strategies that reflect and celebrate Yarra’s uniqueness.
Council’s plan also sets a course for continued advocacy around key issues including public transport improvements (particularly the Doncaster Rail project) and social justice, including the protection of green spaces on public housing estates.
To read the Council Plan, visit the Council Plan webpage.
Acting Senior Communications Officer
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