24/10/2008 - Community Plan Discussions Starting
Residents of Warwick, Allora, Killarney and surrounding districts can outline their ideas and suggest action for the future of the community at upcoming local forums aimed at developing a “Futures Plan”.
Mayor Ron Bellingham said that the Plan will identify issues and actions to guide the long term development of community services and facilities, employment and business development, education and training, health care, as well as arts, culture and heritage.
“Having a long term plan that comes from the community itself will be vital not just to Council, but to other levels of government and the community as well,” Mayor Bellingham said.
“Maintaining and enhancing our economy, services and community depends on the community developing clear directions and actions.
This will build on the considerable work already happening,” he said.
Forums are being conducted with thirteen different sectors such as seniors, youth, business and primary producers and a number of community people are being invited to be contacts for the project within their sector. People can also fill out a feedback form available at all Council offices.
Community Development Manager, Sheila Stebbings said that the Futures Plan is about action.
“The forums are ‘kitchen-table’ discussions about issues that affect local people,” Ms Stebbings said.
“The discussions will be directed towards residents identifying actions that federal government, state government agencies, community organisations, business and Council have responsibility for.”
The Futures Plan has been initiated and funded by the Southern Downs Regional Council but the plan belongs to the community in partnership with Council.
Steering Committee member, Cr Denise Ingram is looking to allow local people to have a say with a minimum of public meetings.
“We are expecting that people will raise a broad range of issues and opportunities such as business development, enhancing tourism, community services, public transport, opportunities for youth and progressing education and learning,” Cr Ingram said.
The plan will be finalised by April 2009 and it will create a set of actions to guide activities by not just Council, but also business, community organisations, and state and federal government.
For more information on upcoming forums, please contact Sheila Stebbings, Community Development Manager on 4681 5520.
Upcoming forums are as follows:
|Killarney||Tuesday 28 October
7:30 - 9:30pm
|Rec Club Killarney|
|Indigenous Community||Wednesday 29 October
6:00 - 8:00pm
|RSL Board Room|
|Primary Industry||Thursday 30 October
|Environment||Saturday 1 November
2:00 - 5:00pm
|Allora||Wednesday 5 November
6:30 - 8:30pm
|People with Disabilities||Wednesday 12 November
2:00 - 4:00pm
|Warwick Community Training Centre. Cnr Tooth & Wood Streets|
|Business & Tourism||Wednesday 19 November
7:00 - 9:00pm
|Arts, Culture, Heritage||Wednseday 19 November
|Health & Wellbeing/Children & Families||TBC||TBC|
|Education & Learning||TBC||TBC|
|Sport & Recreating||Tuesday 16 December
6:00 - 8:00pm
|Warwick Cowboys Club House, Queens Park|
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