In March 2013, OurSay worked with Hepburn Shire Council to help residents put forward their Big Ideas for the next four-year Council Plan. After weeks of community workshops and the OurSay forum engaging 10% of households in the shire, the councillors and council officers responded to the top 10 Big Ideas at the Daylesford Town Hall on March 26. Watch this video to find out what they had to say.
“Can Council complete the Daylesford ARC by supporting a community based initiate to build and maintain an INDOOR POOL & GYM similar to the Kyneton facility ? Initial "indicative" funding by the public pledging (only pay when the project approved) similar to the Community Bank Model to aqssist in gaining Federal/State grant support. Council to provide financial support via a commitment to sell the existing pool site with the proceed to go to the development when funding is approved. Ongoing operating expenses to be reduced to sustainable levels through heating via alternate methods, integrating the staffing into an expanded total community ARC facility, ongoing sponsorship support and community health benefits.”
“A coordinated approach to creating a more family friendly shire using the term 'connections' as the driving theme. In each of the towns, lets develop an identifiable pathway network that allows children to safely walk / ride to school / kinder / childcare. Where there are no paths, lets put them in. If there are no zebra crossings, lets paint them. In more rural areas, work with institutions, familes and of course the children to identify their needs. What infrastructure will engage our children? Support the development of a shire-wide educator network that connects all agencies involved with our children. Set the goal of being the leading regional shire in terms of support for children and educator development. Children are the indicator species for a healthy community. If children are not seen in the community, then its a sign that people are not engaging in the community. ”
“Vote for RATE EQUITY across the shire. Many ratepayers have small property lots which have been effected by water authorities and planning policy which prohibits building a dwelling or sheds thus devaluing their landholding. Effected land is valued and taxes collected as if a person can build. Review ALL rates for ALL properties not connected to CHW sewer system.”
“Lets fast-track the development of the Daylesford Community Park (as outlined in Masterplan 2003). Include much needed playground shading, refitting skate park to make it safer, family BBQ & shelter for local gatherings, more seating & community exercise area for all ages and abilities, native vegetation & edible garden, basketball half-court and wetlands restoration project. A place for us to be together!”