Have your say on coun­cil’s fu­ture di­rec­tion

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - REAL ESTATE -

Ed­ward River Coun­cil is call­ing on res­i­dents to have their say in the devel­op­ment of the first ten-year Com­mu­nity Strate­gic Plan by com­plet­ing a sur­vey aimed at iden­ti­fy­ing the com­mu­nity’s pri­or­i­ties for the re­gion.

Mayor Norm Bren­nan en­cour­aged all res­i­dents in­ter­ested in the fu­ture of the Ed­ward River re­gion to have their say by com­plet­ing the sur­vey.

‘‘While Coun­cil will be ramp­ing up our con­sul­ta­tion ef­forts through­out Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber, this sur­vey is an im­por­tant first step in iden­ti­fy­ing what peo­ple value about the Ed­ward River re­gion, as well as what they per­ceive to be the long-term chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties fac­ing our com­mu­nity,’’ Cr Bren­nan said.

‘‘The Com­mu­nity Strate­gic Plan will in­form Coun­cil’s De­liv­ery Pro­gram and an­nual Op­er­a­tional Plans over the next decade, and will be used by coun­cil to ad­vo­cate on be­half of our com­mu­nity to state and fed­eral govern­ments and in­flu­ence gov­ern­ment-led pro­grams and projects in the Ed­ward River re­gion.

‘‘While coun­cil is lead­ing the devel­op­ment of our Com­mu­nity Strate­gic Plan, it’s im­por­tant to note that this is a com­mu­ni­ty­owned doc­u­ment, and its de­liv­ery and im­ple­men­ta­tion will be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of both gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­ment stake­hold­ers.’’

Cr Bren­nan said a va­ri­ety of other con­sul­ta­tion tools, in­clud­ing stake­holder work­shops and com­mu­nity fo­rums, would be used in pre­par­ing the Com­mu­nity Strate­gic Plan.

‘‘We want as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to par­tic­i­pate in this process, and through­out Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber, we will be con­tin­u­ing to en­gage the pub­lic and make sure we pro­duce a well-in­formed Com­mu­nity Strate­gic Plan which is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the feed­back we re­ceive,’’ he said.

‘‘Due to the very strong re­cep­tion we have had to Project HQ at 42 Napier Street, we will have a space there ded­i­cated to our Com­mu­nity Strate­gic Plan, mean­ing res­i­dents and vis­i­tors can eas­ily drop in and put pen to pa­per and make sure their ideas are in­cor­po­rated into the plan.’’

The sur­vey can be com­pleted on­line at www.our­say.org/Ed­wardRiver.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the devel­op­ment of the Com­mu­nity Strate­gic Plan, con­tact coun­cil’s cus­tomer ser­vice cen­tre on (03) 5898 3000 or via email at coun­cil@ed­wardriver.nsw.gov.au.

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