Community consulted on 2020 Corporate Plan
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.