Council calls for comment on plan
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.