Community planner Jim Cavaye with Mayor Ron Dyne at Gympie Town Hall yesterday. Mr Cavaye introduced himself to councillors and senior staff.
Community planner Jim Cavaye with Mayor Ron Dyne at Gympie Town Hall yesterday. Mr Cavaye introduced himself to councillors and senior staff. Renee Pilcher

Get involved in Gympie's future

WE’RE all in the driver’s seat for planning the Gympie region’s future.

Mayor Ron Dyne and community planning consultant Jim Cavaye say they want everyone involved.

Mr Cavaye introduced Gympie region councillors and senior staff to his strategies for helping the community take control of its destiny, through involvement in a new kind of planning process.

Cr Dyne yesterday described the information session as a successful start in the process of developing a statutory plan for community development across the whole Gympie region.

Mr Cavaye, whose consultancy business Cavaye Community Development has worked successfully with a range of councils, government departments and businesses in Queensland and elsewhere, said it was important for people to participate so the plan would reflect what we all want for the future.

“It’s not something for council to impose on the community.

“We’re looking for an overall plan for how people see the future of their region.

“We’ve called it Your Voice, Your Future, and that’s what it has to be.

“If we just leave the future of the region up to fate, we may well end up with a region that isn’t economically competitive, and not the kind of community that people value.

“It’s not about council deciding what will happen, it’s about looking for how people see the future.

“It belongs to the community and council is just the steward,” he said.

“The plan will have to interlock with council’s Corporate and Operational Plans and some of it will relate directly to council plans for roads, land use planning, and sport and recreation facilities.

“It will also require negotiation with government departments and will link with the state’s Wide Bay Burnett plan,” he said.

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