Community development

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Local government plays an important role in fostering community development.

Gannawarra Shire Council has developed a range of strategies, plans and initiatives to help ensure the prosperity and wellbeing of our communities.

Services that assist with developing our communities include:

  • Development of community plans.
  • Implementation of community grants programs. For more information, please click here.
  • Community engagement through working groups, meetings and committees. For more information regarding current and previous community engagement campaigns, please click here.
  • Support for community groups, including networking, advice and skills workshops.
  • Prevention of violence against women planning and support programs. For more information, please click here.
  • Aboriginal development and reconciliation support.

Connecting Gannawarra project

Residents living in six communities spent 2023 working with Council to develop community plans that reflect their uniqueness and priorities.

Funded by the Victorian Government through the Agricultural-Dependent Community Building Initiative as part of the Victorian Government’s Smarter Safer Farms Strategy, the Connecting Gannawarra project built on community planning work undertaken since 2008 and will empower communities to plan for their future whilst building resilience.

Project facilitators worked with residents from the Lakes District, Lalbert, Leitchville, Macorna/Tragowel, Murrabit/Myall/Benjeroop, and Quambatook to develop these community plans.

The six community plans will be launched in each community between March and May 2024, and placed on this page once presented to their respective community. To view any of the launched community plans, please click on any the images below:

Murrabit Plan.JPG(PDF, 1MB) Quambatook plan.JPG(PDF, 1MB)


Residents wanting to learn more about their community’s plan are encouraged to attend any of the following meetings:  

Lalbert & District – Details to be confirmed 

Macorna/Tragowel & District – Details to be confirmed