Upper Hunter Shire Council has commenced the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) 2027, a review of its 10 year strategic plan. Council is launching a six month intensive community engagement to help initiate and progress the review of the CSP 2027.
Council is required to be working within the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) requirements, which places a greater emphasis on longer term planning and the preparation of a 10 year Community Strategic Plan every four years.
Mayor Wayne Bedggood said the Community Strategic Plan 2027 is the highest level plan that Council will prepare and encouraged the community to get involved.
“The purpose is to identify the community’s main priorities,” he said.
“It is a shared vision of what the Upper Hunter Shire community aspires to for the next 10 years.
“This opens the way for Council and the community to discuss funding priorities, service levels and local identity and to plan in partnership.
“Community engagement is critical to help frame the conversation, set direction and to identify what issues need to be explored.”
In 2013 and 2015 Council conducted Community Research prepared by Micromex Research as part of the Community Engagement for the CSP 2027. Those results will be used as the basis of discussions with the community about the priorities for the Upper Hunter Shire.
“The results of Community Research to date is that Council needs an increased focus on engaging the hard-to-reach groups, including individuals aged 25 to 49 years and people living in villages and rural areas,” Cr Bedggood said.
“Council is changing our engagement focus to encourage greater participation from these hard-to-reach groups.
“Council will be going out into the Community and using a variety of methods to start conversations about what the community wants for the Upper Hunter Shire.
“The community will be provided with many ways to get involved, including online and face-to-face options and we want to speak with as many people as possible of all ages, background and interests.”
More details about Upper Hunter Shire CSP 2027 will be available soon. You can register now to participate in upcoming activities and to have your say online or in person at one of our events.
Upper Hunter Shire Council
Phone: 02 6540 1100
Fax: 02 6545 2671
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.