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Council will often have publications, documents or policies on public exhibition that outline the goals and approaches for Council service delivery and community planning. These documents can be reviewed at the Council offices or alternatively, on this page.

Draft Budget 2020/21

In accordance with Section 129 of the Local Government Act 1989, the Southern Grampians Shire Council, at its meeting held on 13 May 2020, resolved that the Draft Budget 20/21 presented to that meeting be prepared.

Make a Submission

Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 provides that any person may make a submission on any proposal contained in the Budget or the declaration of rates and charges must do so in writing by 5.00pm on Monday 15 June 2020. Submissions, should be addressed to:
Chief Executive Officer
Southern Grampians Shire Council
111 Brown Street
(Locked Bag 685)
Hamilton Vic 3300

Digital submission forms are available for this purpose or by contacting Council’s customer services on (03) 5573 0444.

Persons making submissions are requested to indicate whether they wish to be heard in support of their submission.
Any submissions received will be heard at a Committee of the whole of Council at a meeting on Wednesday 24 June 2020 commencing at 5.30pm.

Following this meeting, all submissions received in writing and in person, will be considered by Council.
Adoption of the 2020/2021 Budget and declaration of rates and charges for 2020/2021 will be considered at an Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on Wednesday 8 July 2020.

Submitters should note that Council is required to make available for public inspection submissions received in accordance with section 223 for a period of 12 months.

Any person requiring further information concerning the Budget, the declaration of rates and charges, the making of a written submission or the meeting on Wednesday 24 June 2020 is invited to contact Belinda Johnson, Council’s Manager Finance on 5573 0402.

Draft Budget 2020/21
Draft Strategic Resource Plan 2020/21
Draft Pricing Register 2020/21
Budget Infographic-What are we spending?

Planning Scheme Amendment GC112

This Amendment amends the Southern Grampians Planning Scheme to recognise the Infrastructure Design Manual in the Municipal Strategic Statements and introduces the Infrastructure Design Manual as a background document in the Schedule to Clause 72.08 of the Planning Scheme.

Planning Scheme Amendment Documents

Community Vision Framework 2041 (CVF 2041)

The Community Vision Framework 2041 (CVF2041) is a Council led initiative that seeks to create excitement and optimism within Council and the community about the future of the Southern Grampians Shire and the opportunities that can be realised. It will help shape strategic community planning for the next two decades, providing a foundation for all other work delivered by Council.

It seeks to encourage innovation by industry and the delivery of community led initiatives and build dynamic partnerships with others for the future vision beyond the traditional responsibilities of “roads, rates and rubbish”.

Council recognises that community and industry’ wants and needs have changed significantly over time and will continue to evolve at a rapid rate, and that technology and climate change may deliver a range of both opportunities and challenges. Council has a strong desire to improve the long term sustainability of the Shire’s towns, businesses, community groups and services and is driving efforts to sustain the population base of the Shire and develop new and innovative local industries.



Council will develop CVF 2041 in three key phases. Engagement began prior to COVID-19 and will continue (in different forms) during COVID-19 and will be finalised post COVID-19.

A comprehensive program of engagement that respects social distancing requirements under COVID-19 will be delivered in 2020.

Opportunities to comment

Comments on the draft discussion paper should be sent to Andrew Goodsell, Director Planning and Development via email or to Locked Bag 685 Hamilton VIC 3300.

Southern Grampians Shire Council is committed to obtaining detailed community input into the CVF 2041 and vision for the Shire. The campaign will include online engagement and workshop activities at phases two and three. Further details of this engagement will be provided in due course.

CVF 2041 Summary Document
CVF 2041 Draft Discussion Paper

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