Residents, businesses and community organisations can help shape the future of the Mansfield Shire through a Brumby Labor Government-funded project.
Visiting Mansfield, Member for Northern Victoria Region, Candy Broad today announced the Brumby Labor Government would provide $170,000 to the Mansfield Shire Capable and Cohesive Communities Project.
“Strong families need strong communities and that’s why the Brumby Labor Government is pleased to support communities get involved in the development of eight local action plans,” Ms Broad said.
“These action plans will look at issues such as how to deal with the growing influx of holiday homemakers and ‘tree-changers’ making a new life in this beautiful part of Victoria while balancing the needs of local young people and other permanent residents.
“Mansfield’s population is growing by about 400 people each year so it’s important that everyone has a say in how the towns grow and develop.
“These plans are a chance for locals to have a say in the sorts of community facilities and services they might need in the future.”
A community development officer will establish “Connected Community Groups” in eight townships to map out what people want and to get projects started.
The communities involved are Barjarg, Goughs Bay, Kevington, Maindample, Mansfield, Merrijig, Sawmill Settlement and Tolmie.
“Local people will receive training and support to develop the skills they need to sustain the project,” Ms Broad said.
“Through this project the community will have more involvement in local planning and
In addition to the $170,000 Victorian Community Support Grant, Mansfield Shire Council will contribute $91,000 and Mansfield and District Community Bank will contribute $16,000.
Community Development Minister Peter Batchelor said Victorian Community Support Grants were available from the Community Support Fund.
“From the development of plans and priorities for the future, to building new community infrastructure, Victorian Community Support Grants provide funding to deliver projects that improve communities,” he said.
Since 2004, the Victorian Community Support Grants program has supported more than 520 projects worth almost $88 million.