Errinundra to Snowy District Community Plan

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Residents of  the Errinundra to Snowy district at the launch of the Red Sunday Documentary in 2014

The Errinundra to Snowy District Community Plan (Plan) gives community members, East Gippsland Shire Council (Council) and partner agencies an understanding of:

  • The people who live in this district and their needs
  • The vision the community has for itself and what it values
  • How the community currently operates and support services
  • The assets, resources and strengths available in this community
  • The top priorities the community wants to work on over the next five years
  • The roles and responsibilities of community, Council, and partner agencies in making the plan happen
  • An Ideas Bank, that community can draw on throughout the life of the District Community Plan

Between August 2018 and April 2019 Council worked in partnership with the community to gather information to inform the Plan. Through a community survey and a series of workshops, the community reflected on how their place was and what they saw in the future. The process focused on creating and strengthening connections between Council, Council officers, and the community.

The Errinundra to Snowy District Community Plan 2019 was endorsed by Council on 17 December 2019. The digital version of the Plan is available here, printed copies of the final Plan, and the visual summary of the Plan, will be available in early 2020.

The final Plan incorporates the feedback received following release of the draft Plan in September 2019. An Engagement Report detailing how the final Plan responds to the community feedback received is available to view here.

Sign up to receive Errinundra to Snowy Connect email updates from Council to stay in the loop about this project as well as other activities happening in the district.


This project was funded by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and is being run across the Cann Valley District, Errinundra to Snowy District and Twin Rivers District.

The Errinundra to Snowy District Community Plan (Plan) gives community members, East Gippsland Shire Council (Council) and partner agencies an understanding of:

  • The people who live in this district and their needs
  • The vision the community has for itself and what it values
  • How the community currently operates and support services
  • The assets, resources and strengths available in this community
  • The top priorities the community wants to work on over the next five years
  • The roles and responsibilities of community, Council, and partner agencies in making the plan happen
  • An Ideas Bank, that community can draw on throughout the life of the District Community Plan

Between August 2018 and April 2019 Council worked in partnership with the community to gather information to inform the Plan. Through a community survey and a series of workshops, the community reflected on how their place was and what they saw in the future. The process focused on creating and strengthening connections between Council, Council officers, and the community.

The Errinundra to Snowy District Community Plan 2019 was endorsed by Council on 17 December 2019. The digital version of the Plan is available here, printed copies of the final Plan, and the visual summary of the Plan, will be available in early 2020.

The final Plan incorporates the feedback received following release of the draft Plan in September 2019. An Engagement Report detailing how the final Plan responds to the community feedback received is available to view here.

Sign up to receive Errinundra to Snowy Connect email updates from Council to stay in the loop about this project as well as other activities happening in the district.


This project was funded by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and is being run across the Cann Valley District, Errinundra to Snowy District and Twin Rivers District.

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  • Community plans: have your say in September

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    04 Sep 2019

    District community plans developed by residents in conjunction with East Gippsland Shire Council will be open for public comment this month.

    Mayor Cr Natalie O’Connell said residents of the Twin Rivers, Cann Valley and Errinundra to Snowy communities have worked with Council officers over the past 12 months to establish their vision and values, understand their community’s needs, identify existing assets and refine their priorities.

    “The draft plans have been created from community input and ideas collected from a community survey and the 26 workshops held across the three districts,” Cr O’Connell said.

    “Council thanks the community members of each district who have been integral to the creation of the plans and who have shown such dedication and passion for their ‘place’.

    “Now, it’s time for community members to read their draft plans and provide feedback.”

    More than 1,400 hours of community members’ time was committed across the three districts, including 153 people who attended a workshop, 236 people who completed a survey and 85 primary school students who took part in an activity.

    Residents are invited to review the plans either online via the Your Say East Gippsland website, at a Customer Service Centre, or by visiting the mobile library service in remote communities. The plans will be open for comment throughout September.

    Following the public consultation period, the final plans will be reviewed and go to Council for formal consideration.

    To register for updates on the project you can visit the Your Say East Gippsland website and sign up to the ‘Council Connect’ newsletter for the district you live in.

    This project is funded by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and is being run across the Cann Valley District, Errinundra to Snowy and Twin Rivers districts.

  • Community Survey - win a fuel or grocery voucher

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    16 Nov 2018

    East Gippsland Shire Council is calling all community members who live in Bendoc, Tubbut, Bonang, Cabanadra, Deddick Valley, Haydens Bog, Delegate River, Dellicknora and surrounds to participate in a community survey to support the development of a district community plan.

    Council staff are working in partnership with communities and key agencies to create five-year (2019-24), district level community plan to reflect how it is now, what are the changes, challenges and opportunities occurring in the district and what the district could look like in the future.

    Council’s Director Community Strategy Kate Nelson said carrying out the community survey is the next important step in the district community planning process to help to build an understanding of who makes up the community.

    “The survey gives community members the opportunity to tell us about their experience of living in their district and community, what is important to them and what they want for the future of your district and community,” Ms Nelson said.

    “The survey ensures residents who can’t participate in the upcoming workshops in December an opportunity to have input into the planning process and to have their voice heard.”

    Residents can complete the survey online at http://bit.ly/SurveyErinSnowy or can obtain a paper copy by contacting Council’s community planning team on (03) 5153 9500 or online via the Your Say East Gippsland website. The survey closes on November 28.

    The survey follows on from conversations Council has already had with the Mountain Rivers (Errinundra to Snowy) District to understand how the communities work, live, play and connect. A workshop was held in Bendoc on November 1 to continue to develop the community profile, and as an opportunity for community to have input into the questions that need to be included in the community survey. Activities were also conducted as part of the Big Bonang Arvo on October 31. Asset mapping was undertaken at workshop in August workshop.

    The One Place, One Plan project is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment Stream and is being trialed in the Cann River, Mountain Rivers (Errinundra to Snowy) and Twin Rivers districts.

  • Mountain Rivers - Errinundra to Snowy community planning activities

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    16 Oct 2018

    Residents of Goongerah, Bendoc, Tubbut, Bonang, Cabanadra, Deddick Valley, Haydens Bog, Delegate River, Dellicknora and surrounds are invited to get involved in updating their five-year Community District Plan 2019–24 with East Gippsland Shire Council.

    Council is working in partnership with the communities of the Mountain Rivers (Errinundra to Snowy) Districts along with key agencies.

    East Gippsland Shire Council Director Community Strategy Kate Nelson said The One Place One Plan project was a different way of working together to plan and make decisions as a district.

    “There were a number of achievements from the Mountain Rivers Community Plan 2012–17 and that will be built on for the next plan,” Ms Nelson said.

    “Council has been working with members of the district to understand how the communities across the district work, live, play and connect. The first phase was undertaken in August at a well-attended asset mapping workshop, which identified the environmental, built, cultural, social, human and economic assets of the district. The next phase is a survey of residents and landowners and a reaffirmation of the vision, values and goals for the district’s community plan.”

    Council’s community planning team will be attending the Big Bonang Arvo on October 31 and holding a workshop in Bendoc on November 1.

    “Both events will be an opportunity to discuss who lives in the community and the assets that make up the district across the six themes: environmental, built, cultural, social, human and economic,” Ms Nelson said.

    “The team will be asking community members to participate in the survey and activities to reaffirm the community vision and values from the previous community planning activities in 2012 and 2017. This will provide the basis for a series of workshops to inform the future Mountain Rivers (Errinundra to Snowy) District Community Plan.”

    Registrations to attend the Bendoc event can be made by contacting Council on (03) 5153 9500 and asking to speak to Eleni McIlroy or online via the Your Say East Gippsland website.

    The project is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment Stream and is being trialed in Cann River District, Mountain Rivers (Errinundra to Snowy) District and Twin Rivers District.