Shoalhaven City Council is currently calling on local residents to have their say as part of the Community Strategic Plan review process.
Since its adoption in 2010 the first Community Strategic Plan (CSP) has been used to drive and inform Council’s Delivery Program and annual Operational Plan.
Given the substantial community input and Council direction reflected in the 2010 CSP Council will focus on a review, rather than a ‘blank canvas’ approach to the 2013-2023 CSP.
As part of the review Council is looking to properly engage with local residents, business and property owners along with other key stakeholders.
As part of the initial engagement process, Council has sent out pre paid postcards with the most recent rates notice.
The postcards carry a simple survey seeking input on what is great about the Shoalhaven and what could be done to make it a better place to live, work, stay and play.
These postcards have also been made available for pick up at both the Nowra and Ulladulla Council Administration Buildings and local libraries while separate postcards have also been widely distributed among the Aboriginal and Youth communities.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash said while the postcards made up only a small part of the engagement process, they played an important role in setting the agenda for the CSP review.
“It is extremely important that Council hears from as many people as possible in the early stages of the Community Strategic Plan review process,” said Clr Gash.
“The updated CSP will continue to provide the ‘vision’ and strategic direction in Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework making it vital that the entire community takes the time to have their say.
“Many residents will have already received their reply paid postcards in the mail. I would strongly encourage the entire community to fill out the cards out and make comment on the future direction of the Shoalhaven.”
Mayor Gash said residents can keep up to date with the CSP review by utilising Council’s specially created CSP website at www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/Shoalhaven2023.aspx.
The website provides residents with information regarding the current CSP, the review of the document, key engagement dates and further opportunities to make comment.