A Message from our Mayors
A partnership between Albury and Wodonga is not a new idea. But it is the right time.
In talking with our communities while developing the Albury 2030 community strategic plan and Wodonga 2033 vision, we heard a clear message that the councils should work more closely together to achieve community aspirations and ambitions, deliver value for money and to adopt a regional perspective.
Albury and Wodonga are intrinsically linked but interdependent, functioning separately and working together.
Our community does not necessarily see a border. They cross a river to share facilities, venues, infrastructure and services. They expect community leaders to adopt a regional perspective and advocate to state and federal governments on issues that impact their day to day lives.
Our councils already collaborate on a range of projects including the regional waste contract and Halve Waste initiative; destination marketing through Visit Albury Wodonga; the digital economy strategy; Hume passenger rail study; ongoing advocacy; and, joint event attraction.
This is a unique opportunity to develop a way forward that benefits our community as whole with the aim of improving integration, productivity and social and economic development. It will focus on future growth that will continue to add value to both cities.
Our partnership will allow us to consider how programs being delivered in the two cities can be pooled and consolidated to enable greater community impact.
This collaborative approach will ensure the two councils are well positioned to take advantage of future government funding opportunities to improve infrastructure and growth.
Through a combined focus on four key pillars; leadership, economy, environment and community, we will unleash our potential and drive innovation for the benefit of the region and the nation.
Combining the visions and common priorities of our people, the Two Cities One Community Strategic Plan sets out long-term goals and actions to guide the collaboration of our councils for the next few years, to realise opportunities that benefit our community and to continue to build on an enduring partnership.
We will report back to you on progress against the goals of this plan on a regular basis and review and update your priorities as required.
We will celebrate the successes, monitor and adapt areas that need change, and together we will achieve the goals of our one community.
Because we are stronger together.
Cr Kevin Mack
Cr Anna Speedie
City of Wodonga Mayor
The Councils agree to work cooperatively to deliver on the objectives set out in this agreement and the achievement of the ‘One Community’ vision.
The Councils will act in accordance with the spirit of the agreement and commit to the following:
- Honesty, openness and decisiveness in all dealings;
- Respect for each Councils’ objectives and operational requirements;
- Sharing of information, expertise and resources where appropriate;
- Encouragement and support;
- Provision of timely and accurate information; and
- Recognition of team work and cooperation in achieving goals.
- Maintaining confidentiality where required
- Jointly promoting activities and initiatives
Variations to this agreement can only be made in writing by agreement between the Councils.
Our two councils, through an historic partnership agreement, have pledged to work more closely together to plan, grow and develop the region. We’ve agreed to work cooperatively to deliver the Two Cities One Community mission.