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Hepburn Together - Community Vision & Council Plan

Project Overview

During 2021 Hepburn Shire Council is embarking on a major strategic planning project; the Hepburn Together project.

The project encompasses the development of the following key strategic documents:

  • Our Community Engagement Policy.
  • Our 10-year Community Vision.
  • Our 4-year Council Plan (incorporating Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan).
  • Financial Plan and Asset Plan.

Through our engagement Council will build a comprehensive understanding of community aspirations, strengths, ideas, priorities and challenges. Together we will uncover the best way to engage with the community, create a shared community vision, and define strategic priorities to inform Council decision making while providing strong leadership and governance that is responsive, open, and accountable.

The Hepburn Together project is an opportunity to shape our future. It is important that we plan in partnership with our community to ensure that the direction we set is a shared one.

Our Community Engagement Policy

Council will work with the community to develop a Community Engagement Policy that guides the actions of Council staff in relation to how Council engages with the community and receives feedback to inform decision making. The policy will set the tone for when and how we engage with the community and outlines the roles of Councillors and staff when conducting engagement. The community engagement policy will apply to all strategies, plans or projects that require community engagement for their development.

For more information about the Community Engagement Policy and how you can have your say you can visit the Community Engagement Policy page (above).

Our Community Vision

Our Community Vision will be a long-term aspirational statement about our community’s goals and aspirations with an outlook of at least 10 years. It will describe what our community values and how our community hopes to live, work, and play in the future. The goals and aspirations outlined in the Community Vision provide direction for Council strategic decision making and assist with the development of other plans and strategies to ensure there is an integrated approach to strategic planning.

Our Council Plans - Council Plan, Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, Financial Plan & Asset Plan

Council Plan

A Council Plan is the strategic document that will guide the Councils focus and energy over the course of a 4 year Council term. It will consider the current strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and aspirations of the community through demographic analysis and community engagement findings to inform strategic direction and goals.

The Council Plan outline strategies and actions that will create a pathway for Council to achieve strategic objectives, major initiatives, and the goals, including those set out in the Community Vision. While the Council Plan focuses on Councils roles and responsibilities – it also recognises its role as an advocate and partner. The Council plan will also consider the resources available for the implementation of strategic objectives.

Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan

Council has an important role to play in improving the health and wellbeing of people living in the community. As a Council we acknowledge the impact health and wellbeing factors can have on people’s quality of life and will incorporate this Plan with the Council Plan.

Council will work with the community, health, and community organisations and the Department of Health and Human Services to undertake a review of current health and wellbeing indicators. This analysis will help us set goals and identify areas for improvement across the four-year plan. We will also consider the priorities set out in the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2019-2023 including family violence prevention and response, tackling climate change and its impact on health, increasing healthy eating, increasing active living, and reducing tobacco related harm.

Financial Plan

The Financial Plan has a 10 year outlook and outlines how the financial sustainability of Council will be maintained over the next ten years. It provides us with view to what resources will be available over the long term and medium term to achieve strategic goals and objectives set out in the Community Vision, Council Plan and other strategic plans. The Financial Plan covers a broad range of subject matter including all aspects of the Council’s role including services/operations and capital investment/assets.

Asset Plan

The Asset Plan has a ten year + outlook and addresses how the Council proposes to manage its portfolio of assets to ensure they are developed, renewed or maintained to facilitate the delivery of Council services. It will be strongly linked to the Financial Plan and is critical to the service planning and delivery along with the efficient use of available resources. The Plan informs the development of the Community Vision. Council Plan and other strategic plans by telling us what assets are available to achieve the strategic direction and goals.


Do you have any questions about the Hepburn Together project? We would love to hear from you! You can either:

We will be compiling and FAQ page as we go with information that will be helpful throughout the process!

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Hepburn Together
Phone 5348 2306