Over 33,000 ideas and opinions from residents have been distilled into seven key themes that Central Coast Council will use to shape the new Council’s first Community Strategic Plan.
The Community Strategic Plan is designed to capture the community’s vision for the Coast and identify key social, economic and environmental priorities, as well as long-term strategies for the Coast for the next 10 years.
Central Coast Mayor, Clr Jane Smith, said the plan was the overarching guide that Council would use to determine how, where and what it spends its funds on to meet the wants and needs of our growing community.
“Council spent three months talking with the community about what they love about the Central Coast and what could be done to make it even better,” Clr Smith said.
“We went directly to the community and captured a record 33,000 separate ideas and opinions about what would make the Central Coast an even better place to live from face to face conversations, online surveys, commuter surveys and meetings with hard to reach communities.”
The ideas have been distilled into seven key themes: natural environment; lifestyle and community; built environment; services and facilities; activities and entertainment; transport and movement around the local government area; and, economy.
Council’s Connected Communities Group Leader, Ms Julie Vaughan, said the initial phase of developing the Community Strategic Plan had been a success.
“The community responded enthusiastically to the first phase of data collection and we would now like to invite individuals, community groups, business groups, state agencies and non-government agencies to join us at a Community Workshop to explore the themes in detail, as part of the next phase of the project,” Ms Vaughan said.
“This next phase is crucial as we start to drill into the detail of how we, along with our stakeholders and other partners, will deliver our community’s aspirations for the Coast over the next ten years.”
To register for a community workshop, visit yourvoiceourcoast.com and select the venue you wish to attend.
Copies of the Community Strategic Plan Engagement Report Phase One Report are also on the website.
The workshops will be held at the Erina Centre on Saturday, November 18, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and on Tuesday, November 21, at the Smartwork Hub in Gosford, from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Media release, Oct 30
Central Coast Council media