Heywood 2040

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This page is for members of the Community Reference Group for Heywood and its surrounds (Condah, Hotspur, Drik Drik, Drumborg, Dartmoor, Mumbannar, Homerton, Wallacedale) as we work together to develop the Glenelg 2040 Community Plan and Vision.

This portal can be used as a discussion tool to connect with other members of the Heywood group, share ideas and to access information. All of the relevant documents that are available from the document library.

Please feel free to contact the Project Team if you have any queries or require assistance.

About Heywood:

Situated on the Fitzroy River, part way between Portland

This page is for members of the Community Reference Group for Heywood and its surrounds (Condah, Hotspur, Drik Drik, Drumborg, Dartmoor, Mumbannar, Homerton, Wallacedale) as we work together to develop the Glenelg 2040 Community Plan and Vision.

This portal can be used as a discussion tool to connect with other members of the Heywood group, share ideas and to access information. All of the relevant documents that are available from the document library.

Please feel free to contact the Project Team if you have any queries or require assistance.

About Heywood:

Situated on the Fitzroy River, part way between Portland and Casterton on the Princes Highway, Heywood is a place of cultural importance. In 2018 Heywood had a recorded of population 1,738.

Heywood is a popular hub for tourists that come to explore the surrounding natural areas. Nearby is the 6,600 year old Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape where for thousands of years Gunditjmara people engineered and constructed an extensive aquaculture system. It has recently been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

As well as a strong tourism trade, Heywood has large farming populations and sawmills operated until well into the twentieth century, when pine plantations were established.

Emerging trends in Heywood:

  • 18% of employed residents work in agriculture, forestry or fishing trade and 14% work in retail.
  • Heywood is said to have the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Victoria (8% of population)
  • The majority of the population are aged 45-64 years
  • The population of Heywood in recent years has been stable
  • There are fewer young people and families live in the area than ever before
  • There has been a recent increase in the number of people over the age of 65


  • Meeting 2 - Developing a vision

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    10 days ago

    A big thank you to all that attended the meeting on Wednesday 20 May.

    We had a lot to cover and and had some detailed conversations over the future of the area. Key things we heard included a love for your community and a desire to work towards the following:

    • Building on opportunities for youth in areas such as recreation, education and employment
    • Maximising the potential of the area's natural assets to attract outside visitors and permanent residents
    • Expanding the already strong culture of volunteerism within the community.
    • Growing infrastructure to support more tourists and encourage new residents.

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    A big thank you to all that attended the meeting on Wednesday 20 May.

    We had a lot to cover and and had some detailed conversations over the future of the area. Key things we heard included a love for your community and a desire to work towards the following:

    • Building on opportunities for youth in areas such as recreation, education and employment
    • Maximising the potential of the area's natural assets to attract outside visitors and permanent residents
    • Expanding the already strong culture of volunteerism within the community.
    • Growing infrastructure to support more tourists and encourage new residents.

    View the meeting minutes, presentation and recording of the meeting for more information on what was discussed.

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  • Understanding Council Processes

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    18 days ago


    Not sure what will happen with the Community Plan after it's finalised? This video will give you an overview of Council's planning cycle and how the Glenelg Shire 2040 community plan will be used into the future.

    Click here to view the video


    Not sure what will happen with the Community Plan after it's finalised? This video will give you an overview of Council's planning cycle and how the Glenelg Shire 2040 community plan will be used into the future.

    Click here to view the video

  • Task 1 - to be completed by 13 May

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    18 days ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    This task is about reviewing the data from the consultation and identifying priorities for your township. This is where you can dream big and look towards 2040!

    After everyone has answered the questions, we will be able to identify priorities for the area. This might include projects the community can deliver, as well as larger projects that government agencies (like the Shire Council) will need to advocate for or directly deliver.

    Responses must be submitted by midnight Wednesday 13 May 2020.

    This task is about reviewing the data from the consultation and identifying priorities for your township. This is where you can dream big and look towards 2040!

    After everyone has answered the questions, we will be able to identify priorities for the area. This might include projects the community can deliver, as well as larger projects that government agencies (like the Shire Council) will need to advocate for or directly deliver.

    Responses must be submitted by midnight Wednesday 13 May 2020.