Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has thanked the more than 600 people who made a direct contribution towards the formulation of the Community Strategic Plan. This Plan represents the highest level of strategic planning undertaken by Council. It identifies the main priorities and aspirations of the community, to provide a clear set of strategies towards achieving their vision of the future.
“Council organised a robust series of community events and a survey to allow residents to have their say. As a result we achieved good community participation at forums and/or pop up stalls held in 14 locations. Our major population centres, Wallabadah, Walhallow, Quirindi, Blackville, Werris Creek, Spring Ridge, Premer, Currabubula, Willow Tree, and Warrah Creek all hosted events.
“The top three priorities of those surveyed are, construction of roads and maintenance, water and sewer services and economic development. The respondents highlighted health services and attracting new residents as imperatives in ensuring a viable future. In light of this, good health and community facilities along with recreational amenities were considered essential by participants,” Councillor Hope said.
“In assessing the Shire, residents want a sustainable environment, consider our infrastructure as well planned and maintained and able to meet our needs now and into the future. It was recognised that we have access to affordable clean water supplies, actively manage the impact on our natural environment, that our local farming is sustainable and we actively foster renewable energy,” he continued.
“Participants listed our strengths, key priorities and what they value and desire as; a great rural lifestyle with access to quality services, our beautiful landscapes and appreciation for celebrating local events and festivals as a cohesive community. Their vision envisages dynamic towns/villages and safe communities, plus health and education services that can meet our needs and are available locally. They want improvements to our transport and telecommunications options to support our business and lifestyle. They wish for strong community, Council and business leadership. The importance of volunteers is recognised as is the need to build an effective, sustainable, volunteer base for the future. Also important is a desire to encourage our youth to become involved in the community and to evolve as the leaders of tomorrow,” he said.
“Residents obviously appreciate the need for economic development. Our economy is growing and there is a diverse range of job opportunities. As a community we foster new business development towards enhancing future prosperity. Town planning reflects the diversity of our towns and villages and we are seeing benefits from embracing tourism. “Residents indicated that in the event of Council receiving an increase in funding they would prefer it to be spent on roads and recreational facilities,” he continued.
|Ross Kingsley (centre standing) is Manager Corporate Strategy and Economic Development at LPSC’s sister city Blacktown City Council. Ross’s expertise was loaned to Council to assist in pulling together the results from community forums and the survey held to develop the Community Strategic Plan. Also pictured LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk (standing left) and Mayor Andrew Hope (standing right) and Councillors Virginia Black, Ian Lobsey and Paul Moules. Also present (not in picture) at this meeting were Councillors Doug Hawkins, Rob Webster and Ken Cudmore as well as LPSC Directors Greg Tory and Donna Ausling and forums’ facilitator Cate McMahon.|
“Councillors and Management held a meeting last Thursday to review the feedback from the community events and survey. We welcomed the assistance of our sister city’s, Blacktown City Council, Manager Corporate Strategy and Economic Development, Ross Kingsley, again highlighting the benefits of the relationship between both councils.
“The results from the community survey will be available on Council’s website, www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, from this Thursday 16 March.
“The Community Strategic Plan itself is still in the draft stages and it is scheduled to be put on public exhibition and encouraging feedback from late April,” he said. “It is gratifying to myself, fellow Councillors and management that the vast majority of respondents consider LPSC represents the community it serves. We look forward to continue working with the community to obtain the best outcomes for the Shire into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Congratulations to winners of LPSC prizepacks for completing surveys - Kathy Dodd – Pool seasons ticket (Werris Creek Pool), Tony Vereyken - $100 Royal Theatre voucher, Audrey Smith – 6 month Gym Membership.