Tallygaroopna community highlights priorities in five year plan review

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Tallygaroopna residents have highlighted a number of key priorities for their town’s future prosperity during a five-year plan review.

Greater Shepparton City councillors presented and endorsed the review at last week’s ordinary meeting.

In the past 10 months, the Tallygaroopna Community Plan Committee worked with council to renew the 2013 community plan as a means of identifying new opportunities and actions for the town.

Consultation began with a survey, followed by an event where residents discussed and reviewed the initial draft.

Once the draft was released, another survey was organised before the Tallygaroopna Community Plan Committee provided further comments.

More than 44 individuals contributed their thoughts and ideas to the plan review, which represents 16.6 per cent of the town’s population.

A walking/cycling track, increased community communication, improved drainage and more events were identified as the key priorities for the town.

During a post-council meeting conversation, City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said it was important to engage with small communities to help with council’s future direction.

‘‘It is important because they can guide us in what their needs are within that community,’’ she said.

‘‘Often your smaller town communities are the big voices.’’

‘‘The five-year plan shows their aspirations for the community and council will certainly work hard to meet some of those.’’

The Tallygaroopna Community Plan is available to view on the council website.