Over 750 people have already shared their views on the future of the Upper Hunter Shire, to help in creating the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) 2027.
Upper Hunter Shire Council is halfway through several months of intensive community engagement, and further opportunities to have a say are popping up in coming weeks.
Upcoming Pop-up Engagements to have your say:
• Merriwa Touch Football, Wednesday 1 March, 5.30pm, at Merriwa Central school Field 1
• Scone Men’s Shed, Thursday 2 March, 10am, behind Scone Senior Citizens Centre on Oxford Road
• Scone Men’s Probus, Wednesday 15 March, 10.40am, Scone Bowls Club
• Merriwa District Progress Association, Wednesday 22 March, 6pm at the Merriwa RSL
• Scone Ladies Probus, Monday 10 April, 1pm at Scone Bowling Club
Councillors and Council staff have already spoken to several hundred people at ten ‘pop up’ events and another 50 people have filled in surveys themselves and sent them to Council. Residents of all ages have shared their views on the Shire – what they liked, didn’t like, what changes they wanted and what they hoped for the future.
Mayor Wayne Bedggood said strong themes are emerging from the community and they are being incorporated into the draft CSP 2027. The first draft will be available on the 31 March 2017 with a revised draft on exhibition in April and the final CSP 2027 expected to be adopted by the end of June 2017.
The CSP 2027 is the highest level plan that a Council will prepare and its purpose is to identify the community’s main priorities. It is a shared vision of what the Upper Hunter Shire community values and aspires to for the next 10 years, and will provide a framework for Council's activities and programs over the next four years.
“The community is responding well to the pop-ups. speaking openly about what they believe to be the main priorities of the community and how things can be improved,” Mayor Bedggood said.
“The clear message is that the Upper Hunter Shire is a beautiful, safe and friendly place with great community spirit.
“The top improvements nominated to date are better roads, recreational and sporting facilities, more employment opportunities, local businesses to fill vacant shops, town beautification, maintenance of public areas, better signage and more activities for families.
“Emerging is a shared vision of the Upper Hunter Shire continuing to be a beautiful, quiet, rural environment with a country lifestyle, but with improved roads, facilities, services and economy.
“The challenge will be to find the balance between maintaining the country feel while making the improvements that the community very clearly wants,” Cr Bedggood said.
Find out more about the CSP 2027
Upper Hunter Shire Council
02 6540 1100
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.