Com­mu­nity con­sulted on 2020 Cor­po­rate Plan

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A TO­TAL of 562 lo­cal res­i­dents have voiced an opin­ion about Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil’s 2020 Cor­po­rate Plan as part of ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion con­ducted over the past few months.

Mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment process in­volved on­line and phone sur­veys, com­mu­nity fo­rums in each of the four town­ships, two staff fo­rums and a chil­dren’s pic­ture draw­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

She said the feed­back showed that the key pri­or­ity for Coun­cil over the next five years was re­spon­si­ble gov­er­nance, fi­nan­cial plan­ning and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

In gen­eral, res­i­dents agreed that lo­cal agri­cul­ture, hor­ti­cul­ture and tourism in­dus­tries pre­sented the re­gion with enor­mous op­por­tu­ni­ties in the com­ing years.

Cr Whit­ney said there were con­struc­tive dis­cus­sions around how these in­dus­tries could be de­vel­oped, in­clud­ing in­creas­ing ac­cess to wa­ter sup­ply and ex­pand­ing ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties through the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port and Ab­bot Point.

“The de­vel­op­ment of the Uran­nah dam and the en­ergy cor­ri­dor in the Bowen re­gion were also iden­ti­fied as pri­or­i­ties,” she said.

Cr Whit­ney de­scribed the 2020 Cor­po­rate Plan as an im­por­tant piece of gov­er­nance work that would in­form Coun­cil's di­rec­tions and pri­or­i­ties over the next five years.

She said it was also a way of mea­sur­ing Coun­cil's progress in achiev­ing key strate­gies.

The draft Cor­po­rate Plan is sched­uled to be re­leased for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in May and a fi­nal re­port will be com­piled and re­leased fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod.

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