Mia Mia has a new community plan outlining key goals for both the tiny town and the broader Mia Mia district.BARBARA SUNGAILA February 13, 2014 1:39pm
Mia Mia Fire Brigade captain and Mechanics’ Institute president Anthony Ryan said the consultation process began with a community dinner at the town’s hall attended by about 50 people.
‘‘Our first goal was to reduce the number of items in the old plan, one of which was ‘improve parking at Mia Mia’,’’ he said.
‘‘That item, and many others, got the flick and we had many new ideas from community members.’’
While some, such as ‘‘build a bike track around Lake Eppalock’’ were abandoned because of lack of practical support, others gained momentum.
‘‘By the middle of 2013, after two more meetings, we had general agreement about what was needed (and) we now have just 10 items in the revised plan,’’ Mr Ryan said.
‘‘We are well under way with a Mia Mia and district history book project, the Mia Mia Muster project, a local newsletter (the Mia Mia Messenger) that has had five issues to date, a new website and new hall and event signage.
‘‘Several other worthwhile projects, such as a new residents’ kit, are on our radar but we need some more volunteers to make them happen.
‘‘Community plans are endorsed by local government across Victoria and we are very grateful for the support we have received from City of Greater Bendigo, which includes the Mia Mia township and the parish of Langworner.
‘‘Quite a few of our district residents are in Glenhope and Spring Plains, which are now in Mitchell Shire, and Mitchell helped us by distributing the plan to its ratepayers.
‘‘We have a growing number of current and past residents who now receive our newsletter, many of whom are contributing to our history project.
‘‘We combined the launch of the community plan with our annual Australia Day breakfast which always attracts a large community gathering, including local government representatives from both Mitchell and Bendigo.’’
Mr Ryan said the new website, www.miamiavic.com, had images from the district, along with information about events, and would be used to update the community on progress with the history project.
He encouraged people to subscribe to the Mia Mia Messenger by either emailing email@example.com or writing to PO Box 724, Heathcote VIC 3523.
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