Mayor pleased with summit

The Central Highlands council’s vision for the future was discussed at a Mayoral forum in Emerald.
The Central Highlands council’s vision for the future was discussed at a Mayoral forum in Emerald.

THE first Mayoral summit held in the Central Highlands has been hailed an outstanding success, heralding a new path for open governance and community engagement at a regional level.

More than 40 residents were at Emerald's McIndoe Park on Saturday to hear and discuss issues related to the draft 10-year Community Plan - Central Highlands 2022.

Community planning and engagement manager Janice Moriarty outlined the process used in developing the draft Community Plan and key findings from the survey.

Participants heard from Professor Peter Bycroft about global and national trends that may impact on the economic and social fabric of the Central Highlands in years to come.

"We asked people to talk about possible future projects in the areas of the built environment, natural environment, social and economic that would help us to continue on the path of creating a prosperous, liveable and diverse Central Highlands into the future," Mayor Peter Maguire said.

"The projects they have asked council to consider were very interesting and they will all be considered when we finalise the plan and continue to develop the implementation plans.

"The feedback we had about the process we used, as well as the quality of information and speakers was great. People appreciated the chance to come together and work collectively on this important document.

"I think that it was a very useful and productive day and I hope we can do it again, to review the plan and hear how the various projects are progressing.

I would think a minimum of once every two years would be of benefit, not just for residents, but the council also."

Feedback on the draft Community Plan closes on November 16.

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