Shaping the Pyrenees

Published on 01 January 2021

In the first half of 2021, Pyrenees Shire Council will be working with its community to establish three important strategic documents: our Community Vision, Council Plan and Financial Plan.

The following is a brief overview of what each plan entails:

  • Community Vision The Community Vision plan will describe the aspirations for the Pyrenees Shire community for the next ten years up until 2031. It will lay out what the Shire region will be like for residents and visitors. The vision will identify the priorities for achieving these aspirations.
  • Council Plan The Council Plan, which covers the next four years, is closely related to the Community Vision, and will set goals and measures for how to achieve the vision.
  • Financial Plan The Financial Plan articulates what services and initiatives will be developed and implemented over the next ten years by Council to work towards achieving the objectives set out in the Council Plan.

These three plans will guide the ways in which Council plans and delivers services that affect every person who lives, visits, plays or works in the Pyrenees Shire Council. This includes how Council manages things like:

  • Services From community care to waste collection.
  • Infrastructure From roads to sporting facilities.
  • Amenity From parks to the look and feel of the Shire’s towns and places.

An essential part of developing these three plan includes getting community feedback. Which leads us to:

How can you get involved?
In the next month we will be reaching out to the community, seeking feedback from residents about how you envision the future of the Pyrenees Shire. You can start by filling out our survey below. Postcards will also be sent out to all residents with the same set of questions. If you would like a paper copy of the postcard, please call us 1300 797 363, pick one up from our counters or download the postcard from this page. 

Deliberative Engagement in the Pyrenees Shire
As part of the consultation process, Victorian councils are required by the Local Government Act 2020 to include a process of 'deliberative engagement'. If you're not familiar with the concept, it involves recruiting a representative sample of the community and giving them the opportunity to consider an issue in detail and work together to develop solutions. (If you're interested in learning more, A Short Guide to Deliberative Engagement for Victorian Councils is an excellent resource.)

Over January and February this year, the Pyrenees Shire will be recruiting 30 participants to form a representative community panel and work through the deliberative engagement process in relation to the Community Vision, Council Plan and Financial Plan between March and June.

If you would like to express interest in being involved, or hear more about the project, please contact Community Engagement Officer, Ember Parkin