WORKING alongside a strong, co-operative council is the key to a prosperous region, according to Golden Plains Shire mayor Jenny Blake.
Cr Blake said issues related to population growth, agriculture, and infrastructure in the shire could only be addressed by a cohesive team.
“Nobody should think they can do it alone without a strong, co-operative and open council supported by an equally strong management team and CEO,” she said.
“It’s about developing a cohesive team that works together. Every staff member and volunteer in Golden Plains matters.”
Cr Blake was re-appointed last month as Golden Plains mayor.
She said the council would strengthen its relationships with the state and federal governments and surrounding councils.
“One thing we are very keen to see is the Central Highlands region working together as a group of mayors and CEOs and with other business organisations such as the Committee for Ballarat,” Cr Blake said.
The federal government last week announced it would honour rounds two, three and four of the previous government’s Regional Development Australia Fund commitments, which included funding for a water delivery system for the Golden Plains Food Production and Employment Precinct in Lethbridge and a family services and community hub in Meredith.
But Cr Blake said infrastructure funding would remain an issue for the shire especially with the demands of population growth.