Moyston identifies key priorities for new Community Action Plan

Picture: THE AGE

Picture: THE AGE

THE Moyston community has a number of key priorities in developing its new Community Action Plan for 2014.

In a report, Ararat Rural City Council was told that the key priorities within the plan include maintaining the infrastructure in Moyston, with some emphasis on projects that involve improving health and physical activity, which will identify with the Ararat Active, Ararat on the Move Project and Stage One of the Leaps and Bounds Project set to be completed in August 2014.

The information for the new plan is being collated by the Moyston Progress Association, which is gathered from the community, and the plan is a living document that is revised and updated annually.

The Moyston community holds a monthly dinner, where community groups have the opportunity to cater for and raise funds for their groups and organisations, which is well attended and also provides an opportunity for people to get together and discuss their community vision and the projects in the Community Action Plan.

The projects currently in the draft 2014 Community Action Plan are as follows, and projects that were not completed in 2013 have been carried forward to the 2014 plan:

Upgrade of netball/tennis courts (Responsible community group - Moyston/Willaura Football Netball Club and Public Parks): Current status as at June 2014 - Community Facilities Funding Program (Minors) 2014/15, granted and awaiting implementation by ARCC with a completion aim of April 2015; Exercise paths/stations for community use (Public Parks/Progress Association): ARCC Project, Leaps and Bounds, stage one to be completed in August 2014; Upgrade of toilets in Moyston Hall to accommodate those with a disability (Hall Committee, Progress Association and ARCC): Discussion to be held with ARCC for 2015 project; Development of a Public Arts policy and the establishment of a community art space building (Moyston Arts Group, Progress Association): Arts Group formed and incorporated; Safer walking path from township to post office, especially at bridge (Progress Association and ARCC): ARCC - Ararat on the Move Strategy; Walking track at Moyston beside Avenue of Honour to eliminate need to walk on busy tourist road (Progress Association): Ararat on the Move Strategy; Avenue of Honour tree replacement due to safety issues (Progress Association/ARCC/VicRoads): To be completed; Upgrade of lighting at the football oval (Moyston/Willaura Football Netball Club and Public Parks and ARCC): Has commenced but is moving slowly; More planting to beautify the town (Land Care, Progress Association and ARCC): To be completed; Painting and repairs at the rotunda (Progress Association): To be completed; External lighting at the public toilets (Public Parks and ARCC): Discussions with ARCC; Raising cricket pitch (Moyston/Rhymney Cricket Club, Public Parks): To be completed; Waste Management Study to resolve continuing septic tank permit problems (Progress Association/ARCC Environmental Health Officer): To be completed.

Manager community development and client services Angela Hunt said that once priorities have been decided, council officers will assist to determine appropriate and available support via the grant applications, community development, planning, Sport and Recreation, Parks and Gardens areas of the Infrastructure department.

"The Moyston Progress Association, Hall Committee, primary school, Arts Group, sporting groups and other community members are to be congratulated for their time in planning, seeking funding opportunities and continually working on their projects to see them through to completion to enhance Moyston's community facilities and community health and wellbeing," Ms Hunt said.

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