Bright future for CH

THE Central Highlands Regional Council is developing its community plan to map the future of the region.

Titled Central Highlands 2022 Creating Tomorrow Together, the project will be officially launched in May with targeted public engagement activities that will be held right across the region.

“The community plan is a key strategic document that will be guiding other council plans. It is required by legislation and is designed to be a long-term planning document that is driven by the community’s expressed aspirations for the region, as well as the local opportunities and challenges that we will face,” Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire said.

“It is a plan that has to be seen as more than just a council plan, but a road map for the future for our residents, businesses, community groups and everyone who has an interest in the continued prosperity and liveability of the Central Highlands.

“That is why it is so important we have a very comprehensive and inclusive consultation process, and the council’s Community Development Unit has developed exactly that.

“We have put significant resources into training a number of our staff in internationally recognised community engagement techniques. They will be applying that learning to ensure that all of our residents will have the opportunity to have their say on how they see the Central Highlands progress over the next 10 years.

“They will be meeting with key people across the region, attending small group meetings and undertaking one-on-one interviews and the like to get a broad cross-section of views from right across age groups, geographic areas and interest groups. These will be happening in May and June.

“Our councillors will also be involved in getting out and continuing our community consultations.”

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