Strategy ready for next budget

GYMPIE Regional Council is making progress with the development of the region’s first Community Plan.

Council’s Economic Development Officer Lynne Wilbraham said the Community Plan would help council with future planning and understanding residents’ needs and vision for the region’s future.

The plan’s development will focus on economy, environmental management, governance and social wellbeing.

Ms Wilbraham said residents would be kept informed about the progress of the plan and how they can be involved.

GRC has adopted a Community Engagement Policy and formed a Project Management Workgroup to help drive the development of the Community Plan.

The Project Management Workgroup comprises “a good balance” between councillors and staff to ensure a whole of council approach, she said.

Dr Jim Cavaye of Cavaye Community Development has been appointed consultant to work with council on the “very significant and important plan” for the region’s future.

Ms Wilbraham said Dr Cavaye held a PhD in Community Development and was widely regarded in his field, having been directly involved in the design, development and/or facilitation of a broad range of community planning projects across Queensland, Australia, and internationally.

She said the Project Management Workgroup was “keenly” looking forward to working with Dr Cavaye to develop a project plan methodology and community engagement strategy to provide the best results for the plan.

During the process of developing the plan council will also engage with a wide cross section of the community.

Council hopes to have a draft plan prepared and available for review around mid-February next year, with the final Community Plan adopted in March 2011 prior to Council’s 2011/2012 Budget.

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