Coun­cil calls for com­ment on plan

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News - Karen Hunt

BRIDGETOWN-Green­bushes Shire Coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to com­ment on its 10-year draft Strate­gic Com­mu­nity Plan by the end of the month.

All lo­cal gov­ern­ments are re­quired to de­velop a com­mu­nity strat­egy un­der the WA De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment’s in­te­grated plan­ning and re­port­ing frame­work. Com­mu­nity in­put is de­signed to help coun­cils make bet­ter de­ci­sions as they de­velop their busi­ness plans and make bud­get de­ci­sions which af­fect ser­vices.

This fi­nal round of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion fol­lows a com­mu­nity sur­vey, work­shops and a re­view of plans re­lat­ing to sport and recre­ation, se­niors and youth.

About 750 peo­ple have given feed­back so far, but shire pres­i­dent John Ni­cholas said ide­ally more of the area’s 4670 res­i­dents would have taken part.

“It’s an in­ter­pre­ta­tion, but the sig­nal to me is that the com­mu­nity is happy,” he said.

“There’s no rag­ing is­sues that peo­ple are go­ing to leave their homes and come to meet­ings to say, we want to change the way you’re do­ing X, Y, or Z.”

Even so, if there were any ar­eas that could be im­proved, he urged peo­ple to have their say.

One “hardy an­nual” which has cropped up again is the is­sue of heavy traf­fic on Hamp­ton Street, but di­vert­ing trucks out of town might also dis­cour­age tourism, Cr Ni­cholas said.

Sup­port­ing the town’s econ­omy and its small busi­nesses – which rely on tourism – is a key goal and pri­or­ity un­der the com­mu­nity strat­egy. Pro­tect­ing the nat­u­ral and built en­vi­ron­ments, in­clud­ing roads and her­itage build­ings, are also im­por­tant.

Two other goals or pri­or­i­ties are en­cour­ag­ing a friendly and wel­com­ing com­mu­nity and “vi­sion­ary” lead­er­ship which is col­lab­o­ra­tive and ac­count­able.

The dead­line for com­ment on the draft plan, which has been posted on­line, is June 1.

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