Our vision

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We inspire people to create a better future

At the heart of our vision is an authentic desire to listen to our community and respond to their needs and aspirations. We are visible and communicate clearly and honestly.

In 2036 Yarra Ranges is a wonderful place to live, and also a world-class destination for visitors and investors who make a significant contribution to prosperity within the region.

Yarra Ranges’ natural beauty, stunning landscapes and reputation for exceptional local produce is enhanced, and has a significant influence on decisions made regarding growth and development in the region.

A focus on responsible eco-tourism projects, access to digital services/networks/infrastructure and balanced economic development has enhanced the region’s reputation and improved quality of life for all.

The look and feel of our commercial and industrial areas, and their environmental characteristics, has improved. Our roads, paths and other infrastructure are well maintained.

Advocacy for innovative and state of the art transport solutions has improved access to important community services, new and upgraded facilities and infrastructure and jobs.

‘Gateways’ into the municipality now strengthen our identity, our culture and heritage and create a sense of belonging for our community.

Educational facilities build the skills of our people and develop our leaders to strengthen communities and support local employment.

Our local planning approach enables us to recognise that each community is unique, and enables us to embrace the diversity and strength of local communities and support their health, safety and wellbeing needs.

Services are accessible in many ways and cater for children, youth, families and older people.

People actively participate in recreational and cultural activities using the facilities and activities developed for all ages and abilities.

Residents who are disadvantaged within the municipality are well supported by partnerships between government, business and community organisations.

Council resources are managed responsibly and principles of fairness and consistency are applied to avoid unnecessarily burdening rate payers.