Projects in the Blueprint for Timboon will be kick started with Corangamite Shire Council providing $40,000 to implement the top 12 priorities.
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Mayor Matt Makin made the surprise announcement last night at the launch of the community plan.

The funding includes $10,000 for stage one of a new footbridge/boardwalk in the railway precinct, $2000 to purchase tools for a Men’s Shed, $2000 for the planning phase of a central town garden, $10,000 for new township entry signs, $1000 to develop food trail signage, $5000 to develop the outdoor amphitheatre on the railway green and $5000 for a publication promoting the area’s assets.

Cr Makin said the launch was one of the most important and celebrated occasions he had experienced as the ward councillor for the Timboon and district community.

“This project is all about putting decision-making back in the hands of our community members and recognising that they are best placed to shape our towns’ futures,” he said.

Cr Makin said further financial contributions to the implementation of the Timboon plan would be considered in the council’s imminent 2012-2013 budget deliberations.

“All these plans, as they come on line, will shape a bigger and bigger slice of Corangamite Shire’s annual budgets,” he said.

“It is important that funding is allocated where communities want it allocated.

“There will be projects in these plans that don’t sit with the council and there will be projects we don’t think stack up and that’s OK because the council isn’t implementing them.

“These are plans by the community for the community and where possible and appropriate Corangamite Shire, like it has tonight in Timboon, will invest in their implementation as a matter of priority.”

The Blueprint for Timboon project follows the completion of the Cobden Twenty20 Vision project last year.

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