Friday 15 April 2016
If you’ve ever thought about where you would like your local community to be in the next 10 or 20 years then you will soon have the chance to be part of a massive effort to build a better future for the Shire.
Bega Valley Shire Council is beginning the process of reviewing its Community Strategic Plan and it’s calling on everyone from preschool kids to local businesses and visitors to take part in the organisation’s biggest public consultation yet.
Mayor, Michael Britten said the review is will paint a collective picture of the community’s values, challenges and ambitions.
“The information we gather over the next two months will help us develop two major community documents: Understanding our Place 2040, and the updated Community Strategic Plan.
“Understanding our Place 2040 will collect the thoughts and opinions of everyone who participates, providing a document for the whole community to access and discover more about our collective thoughts and aspirations.
“From this document we will develop the Community Strategic Plan in partnership with key stakeholders. The Community Strategic Plan will identify long term community goals which stem from the community values and visions.
“Public consultation will begin on Monday 18 April with an online survey that asks some thought provoking questions about our lives in the Shire.
“In addition we will be holding a wide range of listening posts across the Shire and some targeted consultations with a variety of groups that include preschool-aged children, local chambers and community advocates.
“Our intention is to discover from everyone who lives here, what things you like, what you would change and how you imagine the Shire’s future.
“It’s a massive undertaking for everyone involved, but the results will give us the best insight into this place we call home,” Cr Britten said.
The online survey will be available from Monday 18 April at www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au Hard copies of the survey will also be available from the 18th at each of the Shire’s libraries.
The first listening post will be held at the Nethercote Markets on Saturday 23 April. For a full list of listening post dates and locations go to the Have Your Say page or call Bega Valley Shire Council on 6499 2222.