Contribution wanted for tomorrow

Central Highlands Regional Council depicts its plans to develop the Central Highlands 2022 – creating tomorrow together project.
Central Highlands Regional Council depicts its plans to develop the Central Highlands 2022 – creating tomorrow together project.

THE Central Highlands 2022 – creating tomorrow together project encourages every resident in the Central Highlands to voice their opinions and aspirations for the region.

Not only will the plan reflect the needs of the community, the winner of the competition will also receive $2000.

Officially launched last week, the Community Plan project is relying on residents to develop the framework for the region’s future, which Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire said the council would use to design the blueprint.

“Understanding the opportunities and challenges facing the Central Highlands is an important first step of the Community Plan process,” Cr Maguire said.

“We want to hear what you think about your town or rural locality, what you like or don’t like about it, how it could be improved over the long-term and what the future priorities should be for our region.”

Although the Community Plan is required by law, the CHRC is responsible for the strategic planning process resulting in a 10-year road map.

It aims to form a consistent vision and associated strategies that will maintain and improve liveability in towns, including Emerald.

It also aims to maintain the regional and local identity of towns, assist with future planning infrastructure needs and outline effective environmental and community-based management and leadership.

But arguably the biggest benefit is the stimulation of regional economic growth through the development of opportunities targeted toward attracting resources and investment.

The winner will receive $2000 to spend at any eligible business or organisation in the Central Highlands.

“For example, the winner may choose to use their voucher to buy goods from a local business or even credit the prize toward a local service,” Cr Maguire said

The survey is available online at

Printed copies are available at all council service centres and libraries in Blackwater, Capella, Duaringa, Emerald and Springsure. Surveys will also be delivered to homes this month.

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