Social Infrastructure Plan

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Horsham Rural City Council is developing its first Social Infrastructure Plan. The plan will provide evidence-based strategic directions to determine priorities for the planning, provision and development of social infrastructure over the next 20 years.

A community survey and a provider survey have been conducted and a draft plan is now being prepared.  

The purpose of the project is to:

Establish a short-term (0-5 years), medium-term (6-10 years) and long-term (11-20 years) vision and direction for social infrastructure, in line with Council and community needs and in line with Council’s guiding principles and guiding practices for the project.

What is social infrastructure?

Social infrastructure is a broad term describing facilities that accommodate and deliver services for general community benefit. Sometimes the term is used to refer to both the facility and the service.

Social infrastructure includes libraries, community halls, arts and cultural facilities, parks and sportsgrounds, aquatic centres, and public toilets. This survey focuses on the social infrastructure that Council delivers.

The purpose of social infrastructure is to improve standards of living and the quality of life of residents, by delivering services, facilitating the creation of diverse social networks, and responding to specific social challenges such as social isolation of seniors, health and wellbeing of children, etc.

The social infrastructure considered in the study includes a broad range of education, community, health, emergency, arts and culture, and recreation and open space facilities.

The study area for the project is the entire Municipality. This has been broken down into smaller areas in order to ensure equitable access to social infrastructure throughout the region. Some consideration of the broader Wimmera Region will also be needed as a number of the social infrastructure facilities in the Horsham LGA serve a wider regional population.