Strathbogie Shire Council

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Calling State Political Parties to improve liveability

Wednesday, 1 August, 2018

Local government is calling on political parties to commit to actions that will improve liveability for all Victorians in the lead up to November’s state election.

Cr Mary Lalios, President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) said councils had identified solutions to address growing challenges such as congestion, homelessness and population growth.

“We want to help the State achieve better connected communities. This requires a long-term plan to guide delivery of more reliable and connected transport options in response to growing traffic congestion.”

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Strathbogie, like other small rural shires, face challenges to deliver acceptable levels of service to residents while remaining financially sustainable, despite significantly reducing operating expenditure over the last five years through efficiency initiatives.

Cr McClaren said Strathbogie has introduced an innovative approach to attracting new residents, by introducing a two year rates exemption for first home buyers who purchase in the shire.

“House prices in the Strathbogie Shire are very affordable; we have a great climate and vibrant communities.”

“We want to attract new residents to grow the shire, but we need greater funding to support this growth to ensure the liveability of regional Victoria now and into the future,” Mayor McClaren said.



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