What is a Community Vision?
A Community Vision is an important document that describes the community's aspirations for the future of the municipality, and helps to guide decision making. Development of a Vision asks the community to imagine an inclusive, prosperous and vibrant future, as well as mapping out the aspirations and priorities that will help to get there.
Why do we need a Community Vision?
A Community Vision helps councils to understand their community's key priorities, and helps to make sure that the community priorities represent the wider Shire community. It is a legislative requirement of the Local Government Act 2020 that every Council in Victoria develops a Community Vision for at least the next ten years.
What is a Community Vision used for?
A Community Vision helps to guide key activities over the next ten years and beyond. Community Visions are developed by the community and inform the work of Council, inspire community partners, and advocate to State and Federal Governments for change. The Community Vision will help to inform the Council Plan 2022-2026, Long Term Financial Plan, Asset Plan, and the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan.
How is a community vision formed?
Under the Local Government Act 2020, a Vision must be developed using deliberative engagement practices. Deliberation means careful consideration or discussion in order to come to a decision. In the development of the South Gippsland 2040 Community Vision, community members were randomly selected from across the Shire to form a Community Panel, which deliberated on feedback from the community to form the draft Community Vision.