The Understanding Our Place report was prepared in accordance with Phase 1 of Council’s adopted Community Engagement Strategy for the upcoming Bega Valley Community Strategic Plan 2040.
Understanding Our Place has been prepared to understand what people currently love about the Bega Valley Shire, what they find challenging, and how they imagine the future. It provides a snapshot in time; to give our community a better understanding of who we are, where we live and the direction we would like to head in by providing insights into the ambitions and issues of our community. Through this consultation, around 2,000 members of our community provided their views, with over 24,500 detailed comments.
We hope you enjoy reading about Our Place
The feedback shows the things we like best about living in the Bega Valley Shire are our local community and the natural environment. Our major challenges include distance, employment opportunities and lack of public transport, medical and other services.
Some of us want the Shire or the place where we live to stay the same as it is now, but for others the main areas we would like to see changes are: employment opportunities; economic growth and diversification; public transport options; bike paths, roads, parking and footpaths; recreation facilities and spaces; community facilities, libraries, waste services and appearance of towns; town planning and land use controls; and Council’s decision making and consultation.
From listening to your views , we have drafted Community Ambitions for the upcoming Community Strategic Plan, these Community Ambitions are aspirational statements for us all to work towards over the next 20 years. These draft Community Ambition statements reflect what we have heard through our consultation.
What you told us you want By 2040...
Community Strategic Plan 2040 Engagement Strategy - This Strategy outlines how Council is going to engage individuals, community groups, Government agencies and other organisations in both community engagement phases of development of the Bega Valley Community Strategic Plan.