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The Community Strategic Plan (CSP) identifies the Cootamundra-Gundagai region’s main priorities and expectations for the next 10 years and outlines strategies to achieve these goals.

While a Council has a custodial role in initiating, preparing and maintaining the CSP on behalf of the local government area, it is not wholly responsible for its implementation. Other partners, such as State agencies and community groups, are also engaged to deliver the long-term objectives of the plan.

Over the last few months Council has been out in the community listening to people’s views on the ten-year Community Strategic Plan for the Cootamundra-Gundagai region. Over 100 community members attended our Listening Session workshops, held in Gundagai and Cootamundra, which were designed to gather input into the creation of the Community Strategic Plan.

As would be expected, there were a range of views expressed at the workshops and many people had a different focus. However, several common themes also emerged. Issues such as, community spirit; our unique geographic location; living affordability and quality of life; excellent health, disability and aged care services; as well as a strong sporting, arts and cultural movement were often cited by workshop participants as assets of the region.

A strong sense emerged that the community want to see Council lead a dynamic and innovative approach to encouraging economic development and ensuring that the region is primed to capture new business opportunities. Many people saw the potential for better promotion of the region to make the most of the tourism and visitor opportunities. Participants noted the success of delivering the visions for the future is dependent on a collaborative approach, with Council, community members, businesses and other agencies needing to work together.

The long term strategic thinking that has already been undertaken will be carried on by the incoming Council after the September elections. Council will have a draft plan prepared to consider in September after which it will be put on public exhibition for comment and feedback before formal adoption.