Pub­lic urged for plan say

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

THE pub­lic is in­vited to pro­vide feed­back on the Shire of Man­jimup Strate­gic Com­mu­nity Plan 20172027.

Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei said the 10-year draft plan is an over­ar­ch­ing guide for the fu­ture of the re­gion, high­light­ing the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to achiev­ing the long-term as­pi­ra­tions of the com­mu­nity.

“The plan out­lines the com­mu­nity’s goals and pri­ori­tises the strate­gies that will achieve pros­per­ous and sus­tain­able growth over the next 10 years, both for our peo­ple and our econ­omy,” he said.

More than 730 res­i­dents and ratepay­ers took part in the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, which in­volved sur­veys, work­shops and meet­ings.

Re­sults re­veal that the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment is the at­tribute the com­mu­nity con­sid­ers most valu­able, with the low­est level of sat­is­fac­tion be­ing lo­cal roads, whether they are man­aged by the coun­cil or not.

“While there was a whole shire ap­proach to the con­sul­ta­tion, in the re­sults and pri­or­i­ties we have re­con­signed that whilst our four towns and set­tle­ments have their sim­i­lar­i­ties, they are all unique and have needs and op­por­tu­ni­ties that set them apart from one an­other,” Cr Omodei said.

This ma­jor re­view is the first since the plan was de­vel­oped in 2013 and has re­sulted in some changes, in­clud­ing sim­pli­fi­ca­tion to make it eas­ier to read and ex­pan­sion of coun­cil’s re­source pro­file.

The coun­cil is now de­vel­op­ing a Cor­po­rate Busi­ness Plan to out­line how it will con­trib­ute to the achieve­ment of de­sired com­mu­nity out­comes and com­mu­nity strate­gies.

Cr Omodei said the goals de­tailed in the plan were not just for the shire and re­lied on con­tin­ued con­tri­bu­tion from the com­mu­nity, State and Fed­eral Govern­ment agen­cies and com­mer­cial providers.

“We en­cour­age lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­ness, ser­vice providers, com­mu­nity ser­vices and govern­ment de­part­ments to de­velop their own action plan to con­trib­ute to the achieve­ment of our com­mu­nity’s vi­sion,” Cr Omodei said.

The pub­lic is in­vited to pro­vide feed­back on the new plan and make a sub­mis­sion to the shire by Wed­nes­day, 7 June.

Copies of the plan can be ac­cessed at li­braries, col­lected from the coun­cil’s ad­min­is­tra­tion cen­tre or down­loaded from www.man­jimup.wa.gov.au.

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