Coun­cil’s aim for re­gion

Five year cor­po­rate plan just one part of the process

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Coquerand

THE North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil re­leased a draft copy of its five-year cor­po­rate plan for the Bur­nett’s fu­ture.

It’s an im­por­tant document that holds the coun­cil ac­count­able for its ac­tions and en­sures the re­gion is in ca­pa­ble hands.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said the coun­cil had a few ar­eas in which it would like to im­prove.

“We need to at­tract and re­tain peo­ple to live and work in the re­gion and di­ver­sify our econ­omy to as­sist re­gional sus­tain­abil­ity into the fu­ture,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“Choos­ing to live re­gion­ally shouldn’t limit our abil­ity to ac­cess qual­ity health­care, ed­u­ca­tion, trans­porta­tion and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions.

“We need to lobby and be in­no­va­tive to find so­lu­tions.”

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the no­tion that ac­tions speak louder than words, the mayor re­it­er­ated it was just the first step of the process.

“As with all thoughts they are only turned into out­comes via ac­tions, so we also have an­other document called the op­er­a­tional plan,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“The op­er­a­tional plan is a 12-month document where we clearly set a yearly list of out­comes we want to achieve and then set a mon­e­tary value be­side each out­come which be­comes our an­nual bud­get.

“So all up we will have five op­er­a­tional plans for the life of this cor­po­rate plan.”

A united re­gion is also on the list for the Bur­nett’s fu­ture, Cr Cham­bers said.

“A united re­gion is a strong re­gion. Yes, we are six main town­ships and mul­ti­ple vil­lages who all have their own his­to­ries and fu­tures, how­ever, to­gether we are one dy­namic re­gion,” she said.

“We need to bring our staff, com­mu­ni­ties and town­ships to­gether to work to­wards com­mon goals.

“En­sur­ing the coun­cil pro­vides value for money ser­vices, is cus­tomer fo­cused and re­spon­sive to com­mu­nity need en­sures good com­mu­nity out­comes.”

The North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil en­cour­ages your in­put.

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