Vi­sion for fu­ture

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IF YOU’RE not ex­hausted by mas­ter plans, con­sul­ta­tions and sur­veys, you can check out what the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil thinks the lo­cal com­mu­nity wants the lo­cal com­mu­nity to look like in 20 years time.

The draft com­mu­nity plan, ti­tled “Imag­ine To­mor­row”, will be un­veiled at a pub­lic meet­ing at the coun­cil of­fice in Moss­man next Fri­day, April 15.

Coun­cil is cur­rently run­ning through the “com­mu­nity val­i­da­tion” phase of a 20-year plan to re­flect the as­pi­ra­tions of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The State Gov­ern­ment in­structed all coun­cils across the state to de­velop the 20-year plans with much pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, re­sult­ing in the cur­rent draft from coun­cil.

The draft com­mu­nity plan has iden­ti­fied three prin­ci­ples and 12 el­e­ments which lo­cals think are im­por­tant to them.

Those guid­ing prin­ci­ples are ’char­ac­ter and spirit’, ’re­silient peo­ple’ and ’ func­tion­ing com­mu­ni­ties’.

When com­plete, the com­mu­nity plan will be­come the of­fi­cial guid­ing vi­sion for coun­cil plan­ning for the next 20 years.

“I would en­cour­age peo­ple to come along to the pub­lic meet­ing,” divi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu said.

“It is im­por­tant that we make sure we give coun­cil ideas for di­rect­ing re­sources.

“I am com­mit­ted to achiev­ing a strong com­mu­nity plan to di­rect coun­cil plans.”

If you can’t make it to coun­cil’s Moss­man of­fice next Fri­day, you can al­ways have your say on the coun­cil web­site http://your­say.

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