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Community confirms direction

Monday 13 March 2017 Focus groups in action on Friday and Saturday

A dynamic two days of discussion has wrapped up with Bega Valley Shire Council inviting further community comment on the organisation’s vison and strategies for the next 20 years.

Around 90 local residents and a range of government, community and commercial agencies gathered over Friday and Saturday at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre.

General Manager, Leanne Barnes explained that this is the next step in developing the Shire’s Community Strategic Plan.

“Two and half thousand local people have already had input into the draft plan, this latest round of consultation adds depth and allows Council to ‘check in’ with the community to make sure we have heard them correctly,” Ms Barnes said.

The people and agencies involved are expert in their field and cover health, transport, education, sustainable living and communications.

“If we are going to have a plan that is meaningful then local people need to drive the process,” Ms Barnes said.

“The level of commitment and interest from participants has been inspiring, thank you to everyone who has taken part.”

The feedback and guidance collected over Friday and Saturday will be used to refine the next stage of the process, with the updated draft plan on public exhibition in May.

“One of the real strengths of the process, is the chance to check our language and make sure we all understand each other,” Ms Barnes said.

The “Understanding Our Place” report as it stands now can be viewed on Council’s website and is part of a framework set down by the NSW Government.

Photographs: Focus groups in action on Friday and Saturday

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