THE Mortlake community has taken another step towards updating the plan for the township.
About 20 residents and community members met at the Mortlake Returned and Services League (RSL) hall on Tuesday night to put forward about 35 ideas for projects and initiatives for the draft plan.
Moyne Shire Council small towns community planning officer Fiona Davey convened the meeting and said the plan was the responsibility of those who lived in the town.
“It’s not my plan, it’s not the council’s plan, it’s the community’s plan,” she said.
“There is no such thing as a bad idea.”
Divided into groups of about five on each table, the attendees spent most of the meeting thinking of specific projects or initiatives the community could aim to achieve over the coming years.
Ms Davey said the focus of the meeting was to realise how the town could use its existing assets to its advantage.
One of the other key focal points of the meeting was advocating for better youth services.
Moyne Shire Youth Council member Jackson Boyden addressed the meeting about a number of youth issues in need of further support, including recreation facilities and sporting opportunities.
“We need a place to hang out,” he said.
“Mental health was another issue that was brought up as well.
“They (young people) feel like they are isolated.”
Jackson said the Mortlake community should also strive to host a unique event.
“Mortlake has just been putting on events other towns have done before,” he said.
Ms Davey then asked the meeting attendees to vote on their five favourite ideas.
Projects or initiatives which received the most votes included:
• A soldier settlement project to celebrate and honour all who have served Australia in conflict (12 votes);
• Finishing the skate park project at the Tea Tree Lake reserve (nine votes);
• Creating an after-school program involving alternative activities outside of organised sport (eight votes);
• Hosting another buskers festival or a similar unique event (eight votes); and
• Creating a display detailing the area’s volcanic history (six votes).
Ms Davey said “some really interesting ideas” came out during the meeting.
She said she would now create a draft community plan using the ideas put forward and the voting.
“Over the next two weeks, I’ll put some structure around it,” Ms Davey said.
She said a final community workshop would be held before the end of September to finalise the plan.