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Community plan needs tweaking

Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.

BARBARA SUNGAILA April 19, 2014 3:10am

Last month’s community plan forum has been hailed as a success by organisers.

It was organised to discuss the importance of Heathcote’s community plan and to revisit the aims of the 2012 Revised Heathcote Community Plan.

Eighty residents gathered to network and find out about grant opportunities and local/regional services.

The evening was facilitated by La Trobe Rural Health School’s Associate Professor Amanda Kenny and began with a review of the current plan’s five themes.

The consensus was they were still applicable, but needed a bit of tweaking to make them more ‘‘Heathcote relevant’’.

Heathcote Partnership Group member Sherrie Coote said presentations from Heathcote Community Pool Project president Liz Spillane and Lions club president Daryl Dedman about the community pool and skate park precinct projects respectively were motivational.

‘‘We felt inspired by their achievements,’’ she said.

Attendees were invited to select a discussion table on one of the plan’s themes then start reviewing the plan’s achievements and the relevance of outstanding actions/projects, as well as discussing existing community needs and gaps, and identifying new projects for the next plan.

Ms Coote said one of the evening’s important achievements was the identification of champions to take responsibility to co-ordinate the plan’s five themes:

arts, culture, history and events;

built and natural environment;

education, training and employment;

health and wellbeing; and

infrastructure and economic development.

The Heathcote Partnership Group and theme champions will take responsibility for developing a structure to drive the community plan forward and keep it active so it achieves all the good ideas and improvements that have been identified for Heathcote.

‘‘The forum was a night of lively discussion and great ideas and certainty achieved the aims of the community plan forum,’’ Ms Coote said.

Residents who were unable to attend but have ideas for the plan, or would like to receive information about the plan as it develops, contact Heathcote Community House at

There is still time to get your ideas considered by the community plan working groups.

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