Council released the following statement today regarding the Strategic Community Plan – urging the community to have their say.
‘As part of the development of the Wattle Range Council’s “2020 Vision” Strategic Community Plan, residents are invited to have input in the future of their community through a recently released community survey.The survey encourages participants to share their thoughts on how Council should improve its services and facilities, as well as ideas and suggestions to develop the region and plan for the future. It covers issues such as Council’s current services and infrastructure, strengths and weaknesses, communication and consultation with the community and future initiatives for youth and aged services.
Mayor Peter Gandolfi encouraged all residents to take the time to complete the survey.
“It is important for everyone to have an opportunity to have their say,” he said. “Council wants to keep in touch with the aspirations of its local residents and determine their priorities so that Council can make the best decisions possible on behalf of its community.
“It’s important that Council undertakes continuous review of the services it provides to the community to meet the needs of the ever changing environment in which we live in. We need to secure a sustainable economic, social, environmental and cultural future for our area. The need to plan for changes in population, maintain ageing assets and balance community expectation on services and infrastructure provided with limited budgets is a challenge. The Strategic Community Plan is an important tool in ensuring the priorities and aspirations of the Community are considered in this process.”
When finalised, the 2020 Vision document will set out what Council aims to achieve over the next four year period and gives directions and targets in the future management of our region. This plan, will act as the blueprint for Council’s operations, and guides its annual financial and operational programming, ensuring that Council’s resources are used efficiently to deliver initiatives and projects that are important to the Wattle Range community.
Council requests that its residents and ratepayers complete the community survey by Friday, 26 February 2016.
It is available to complete online at www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au or a hard copy is available from one of Council’s Offices, Visitor Information Centres or the Millicent Library.
Council will also host a community consultation forum providing further opportunity for comment, the date of which will be advertised early in March.
Following completion of the community survey and public meeting, Council will develop the Draft 2016‐2020 Strategic Community Plan, which will be available to the public for comment prior to its formal adoption by Council.’
Source: Wattle Range Council