Shoalhaven City Council is seeking feedback on the priorities that the community would like to set for the next ten years to form part of Council’s Community Strategic Plan. The Community Strategic Plan outlines the community’s aspirations and long-term vision for the City. It is prepared by Council in collaboration with and on behalf of residents, businesses, all levels of government and local agencies, to help build and maintain a vibrant and sustainable future for the local community.
The purpose of the plan is to identify the community’s main priorities for the future. It will shape Council’s four year delivery program and annual operational plan. Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said the community strategic planning process provides an opportunity for us all to reflect on where we are and where we want to be in the next 10 years.
“Council currently has a Community Strategic Plan which over the last four years has continually been used to evaluate Council’s work against the priorities set and feedback provided from the community. With a new Council in place, it is now time to review this plan and seek further feedback from the community about their priorities to determine the key community needs.”
“The recurring themes we have been hearing from the community for Council are about listening to the community and finding that important balance between supporting a vibrant, prosperous, community life, creating jobs, maintaining infrastructure and protecting the environment.”
“This community consultation process is being used to test the proposed priorities which have been created and to confirm whether Council is heading in the right direction or if we need to focus on other areas,”
“Achieving the priorities of the Community Strategic Plan is everyone’s responsibility and we are asking the community to provide us with their top priorities for our City and how they as community members can help us achieve that plan.”
Shoalhaven City Council has a custodial role in initiating, preparing and maintaining the plan on behalf of the Shoalhaven community, but it is not wholly responsible for its implementation. Other partners such as State agencies and community groups will help contribute to deliver the Shoalhaven community’s long-term goals.
“Each level of government has a key role to play and Council is the custodian of the plan. We must build and sustain productive partnerships with local businesses, community organisations and many others to ensure everyone is on the same page in moving the Shoalhaven forward.
“It is you, our community, who can provide us with the grass roots knowledge as we plan for and deliver the outcomes described in this Plan and we encourage you to have your say.” Mayor Findley continued, “Our City, our plan depends on all of our input. Everyone of our voices contribute to a wealth of knowledge and understanding about our future direction. Please be involved and encourage your friends and family to contribute too.”
Feedback on the draft Plan can be submitted via Council’s website at www.getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/csp, via telephone on 4429 3111 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, the community can get actively involved in the process face to face at a number of drop in sessions and workshops held throughout the Shoalhaven.
Drop in sessions have been held in Nowra and Ulladulla and will be held at:
12 April 2017 - Bay and Basin:
· 10am-11am at Bay and Basin Leisure Centre
· 2pm-3pm at Vincentia Marketplace
13 April 2017 - Berry:
· 10am-11am at Berry Town Square
Workshops will be held at:
- Bay & Basin Leisure Centre, Wool Road, Vincentia on Thursday, 27 April at 6.00pm
- Ulladulla Leisure Centre, 139 Warden Street, Ulladulla on Tuesday, 2 May at 6.00pm
- City Administrative Centre, Seven Mile Room, Bridge Rd Nowra on Thursday, 4 May at 6.00pm