Postcard project captures community views
Published on 06 December 2021
Residents encouraged to ‘write a postcard’ to contribute to the new Uralla Shire Community Strategic Plan
From Bundarra to Kentucky, from Kingstown to Invergowrie, postcards have popped up across the region, inviting residents to share their priorities and aspirations to feed into a new Uralla Shire Community Strategic Plan.
“The postcards are a quick and easy way for residents, wherever they are, to share their unique perspective on what is important to them,” said Uralla Shire’s retiring Mayor Michael Pearce.
“The goal is to reach as many people as we can to build a combined community vision based on individual and shared experiences of living in this beautiful part of NSW,” said Mayor Pearce.
With a new Council soon to be elected, the process of reviewing the existing Community Strategic Plan has begun.
The Community Strategic Plan is a high-level plan that identifies the community’s main priorities and aspirations for the future, along with strategies for achieving these objectives. From this, Council’s key operational documents and resourcing strategies are developed.
While a council has a custodial role in initiating, preparing and maintaining the Community Strategic Plan on behalf of the local government area, its implementation is a collaborative, community, effort. Other partners, such as state agencies, non-government organisations, business and industry, joint organisations and community groups also contribute to delivering the strategies of the Plan.
Stage 1 of the consultation for the Community Strategic Plan has included collating the themes and ideas contributed by residents at listening posts and drop-in sessions co-ordinated by Council over 2021. It also includes feedback received through over 1200 submissions received in response to other related consultations, such as the Local Strategic Planning Statement.
“Council is fortunate to have engaged community members who are passionate about their part of the world, along with the incredibly valuable hubs that are our general stores,” said General Manager Ms Jessep.
“Even if a person is time-poor, and living in one of the far reaches of the Shire, they will be able to have their say.”
Residents can find the postcards at:
• Bundarra Library
• Bundarra Store
• Invergowrie Store
• Kentucky Store
• Kingstown Store
• Uralla Customer Service Centre
• Uralla Library
Submissions can also be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or handed to the Customer Service Centre.
The consultation is open until 14 January 2022.
Image 1: Natalie Swan and Barney Knight from the Invergowrie General Store collect postcards from retiring Mayor Michael Pearce and General Manager Kate Jessep.
Image 2: Postcards are located at general stores around the Shire, along with Bundarra Library, Uralla Library and Customer Service Centre.
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