Community planning is about bringing people together to discuss and plan for the future of their communities. The result is a community action plan which aligns with Baw Baw 2050 community vision. The plan will reflect the local priorities and projects that the community wants to undertake.
A community action plan:
- is driven by the community
- is what the broader community wants
- links to the BawBaw 2050 community vision
- is a clear vision and plan for the future
- is an essential part of a community getting what it wants in the future
- highlights the key local priorities of the community and how they would like to achieve these priorities
- can be used by the community to seek funding and support for their activities and projects
- can be used by organisations and agencies to plan their resources and services
- can be reviewed and updated annually
The Community Planning Pilot Project 2013 invited towns and rural communities to undertake community planning with support and resources from Council and the State Government. Five towns including Aberfeldy, Darnum, Drouin, Ferndale/Seaview/Trida and Trafalgar embarked on a community led process.
Towns chose a facilitated and/or self -supported model. Capacity building for community leaders facilitation and engagement training was provided. Community workshops were held and each town developed a report and action project. More than 570 people participated. The project was evaluated locally and regionally. Town representatives presented their plans to Council for acknowledgement of achievements and learnings.