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Community Strategic Plan – New Vision for our Community

The success of creating a Community Strategic Plan is dependent on a collective approach between the members of our community and Council. The plan can only reflect the community’s aspirations for the future with the community’s direct participation and input.
Intensive community engagement was conducted during the first half of 2017, where a number of Community Listening Sessions were held. The level of community participation is summarised below:
• 12 separate workshops (11 Community Listening Sessions, and 1 All-Staff workshop)
• 109 people came along to the Community Listening Sessions held during May/June
• 87 staff participated in the All-Staff workshop held in February
• Over 20 hours of direct community conversation

The feedback received from the community has been collated, and a summary of the main themes is identified below:
• Pride in local community and assets
• Sense of strong and supportive community
• Concern over disharmony between the two main town communities
• Concern re employment opportunities
• Desire for greater diversity in industry and business
• Recognition of ageing population offering opportunities
• Desire to provide opportunities for young people
• Support for people with a disability
• Wish to promote the region from a tourism and residential perspective
• Call for good leadership, decision making and communication from Council
• Opportunities to take advantage of unique geographic location

Further, Council has made public a more detailed list of community feedback, which follows the format and structure of the Community Listening Sessions workshops. This document can be read here.

After reviewing the feedback received from the community, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council’s Administrator Stephen Sykes has resolved a new draft Vision Statement, strategic directions and the objectives for our community’s future at the August 2017 Council meeting.

The draft Vision Statement, strategic directions and objectives will form the basis of the draft Community Strategic Plan, which will be delivered to the newly elected Council after the election in September 2017. The new Council will place the draft Community Strategic Plan on public exhibition for community comment and feedback prior to endorsing the plan by 1 July 2018.

The draft Vision Statement is:

A vibrant region attracting people, investment and business through innovation, diversity and community spirit.

The draft four Strategic Directions for our community have been developed as below:

• A vibrant and supportive community: all members of our community are valued and connected
• A prosperous and resilient economy: we are innovative and ‘open for business’
• Sustainable natural and built environments: we connect with the places and spaces around us
• Good governance: an actively engaged community and strong leadership team

The draft Objectives of each of these Strategic Directions are:

  1. A vibrant and supportive community: all members of our community are valued

1.1 Our Community is inclusive and connected

1.2 Public spaces provide for a diversity of activity and strengthen our social connections

1.3 Our community members are healthy and safe

  1. A prosperous and resilient economy: we are innovative and ‘open for business’

2.1 The local economy is strong and diverse

2.2 Strategic land-use planning is co-ordinated and needs-based

2.3 Tourism opportunities are actively promoted

2.4 Our local workforce is skilled

  1. Sustainable natural and built environments: we connect with the places and spaces around us

3.1 The natural environment is valued and protected

3.2 Our built environments support and enhance liveability

  1. Good governance: an actively engaged community and strong leadership team

4.1. Decision-making is based on collaborative, transparent and accountable leadership

4.2 Active participation and engagement in local decision-making

4.3 CGRC is a premier local government Council