The Gwydir community is being invited to ‘Join the Conversation’ and have their say on the future of the Shire, as Council kicks off the review of its Community Strategic Plan.
The Community Strategic Plan is Council’s ten-year plan which outlines the long-term vision and goals of the community. The creation of the Community Strategic Plan was led by the Mayor and Councillors through engagement and consultation with the community. It also directs both short-term projects and a longer-term program of works to be delivered by Council by serving as a roadmap to prioritise initiatives, goals and projects.
Council is reviewing its 2017-2027 Community Strategic Plan to ensure the communities vision captured in the plan is as relevant today, as it was five years ago when the document was first endorsed. Mayor John Coulton said as the plan spans a 10-year period, it is important that the document remains relevant to the community and identifies the community’s main priorities and aspirations for the future.
“By joining the conversation community members can have their say on the types of services, projects and initiatives Council delivers. It is the community’s chance to shape our community by letting Council know what is important to them and highlight any local opportunities,” he said.
Council is inviting the community to take part in the community engagement process by completing the 2022 community survey. The survey, which only takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, aims to gather information about quality of life in the Shire, the importance of various facilities and services and opportunities for their improvement, and satisfaction of Council’s performance and level of communication.
Alternatively, many local businesses will also have the QR code displayed in their shops, allowing community members to complete the survey while waiting at the hairdressers or doctors, or enjoying a cup of coffee.
Submissions of general ideas or comments about the Shire can also be made online via the ‘Make a Suggestion’ form on the Council website.
“The Community Strategic Plan becomes our road map for both short-term projects and a longer-term program of works to be delivered across our Local Government Area, so we can’t stress enough how important it is that community members take part in this survey.”
Anyone without internet access or who requires assistance to complete the survey is welcome to attend Warialda or Bingara libraries for assistance. The survey is currently live and will be available to complete until the end of February.