Budget process proves popular

Published on 23 January 2018


People power will provide the driving force throughout the Northern Grampians Shire Council’s 2018/19 budget process following the success of Council’s first series of EngagiNG sessions around the shire.

More than 100 local ratepayers headed along to last week’s sessions in St Arnaud, Great Western, Halls Gap and Stawell to engage with Councillors and NGSC staff, with the aim of gauging support for a myriad of major Council projects and services.

Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Cr Tony Driscoll said he believed the process had provided major dividends for both council and the community.

“It was fantastic to see so many people keen to engage with Council and give us their feedback on not only the projects we’re discussing for the future, but also on our budget and our performance in general,” Cr Driscoll said.

“This is a Council which is committed to engaging with its community and letting the community guide us in making these key decisions, which could have wide-ranging impacts upon our future direction, so this sort of feedback is absolutely crucial.

“It was great to have the chance to speak to the community face-to-face and hear about any queries or concerns they may have, as well as being able to provide some insight into the budget process.”

More live sessions are set to be held in St Arnaud and Stawell over the coming months, and Cr Driscoll said he encouraged more people to attend.

“This really is a whole-of-community process, so the more feedback we can get, the better informed we are on what the people of the Northern Grampians Shire really want,” he said.

“I’m sure those people who attended the first round of sessions would say that it was a beneficial process.”

For those community members who can’t make it to the face-to-face sessions, there is a chance to deliver your feedback online via Council’s budget simulator. To access this feature, simply visit https://ngshire.budgetsimulator.com to develop your online budget and then hit submit. This online data will then be collated and used as part of the budget process.