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Residents wanted for Community Strategic Plan review

16 December, 2016Posted in: Community
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Wingecarribee Shire Council General Manager Ann Prendergast is seeking interest from people within the community who would like to have their say about the long-term future of the Shire.

To do this a temporary panel of citizens reflective of the diversity found in our Shire will be formed to help Council review the Shire’s Community Strategic Plan Wingecarribee 2031+.

“Council’s Community Strategic Plan is one of our Shire’s most important documents,” Ms Prendergast said.

“It details our community’s vision for the future and identifies goals and strategies to achieve this long-term vision.”

Wingecarribee 2031+ was adopted in 2010 following extensive community engagement as the first community strategic plan for the Shire.  While Council is responsible for developing and reviewing the Plan, its implementation is a shared responsibility.

“Other partners such as State agencies and community groups have a role in delivering the long-term objectives of the Plan,” the General Manager said.

Volunteers are currently being sought for a Community Reference Panel which will participate in three workshops being held in February and March 2017.  Nomination forms for the Community Reference Panel can be completed online at www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au/CSP-review or collected from Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre or Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale libraries.

“Community input into this review is vital and we’d love to hear back from a diverse group of residents,” Ms Prendergast said.

“It’s important that the Community Strategic Plan represents the priorities of our whole community, therefore we want people from a range of age groups, employment status, income earnings, family compositions and cultural backgrounds to be a part of this group.”

The Reference Panel is part of a broader engagement program to review the Community Strategic Plan.

“We’ve already undertaken a telephone and on-line survey, workshops with Council staff and have further activities planned for early 2017,” Ms Prendergast added.

“It’s only with feedback from our Shire’s residents, community groups and other agencies that we’ll get a genuine picture of the priorities and aspirations that matter most to our community.”

For more information on how you can take part in shaping our Shire’s future, visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/integrated-planning-and-reporting, phone 4868 0888 or email danielle.lidgard@wsc.nsw.gov.au.