Queanbeyan-Palerang – Our Vision, Our Future
Published on 30 October 2017
A place offering a wonderful lifestyle for families, a lifestyle created in large part by passive and active enjoyment of the natural and built environment. The lifestyle is friendly, safe and relaxed – the result of living in an environmental haven, with clean and pristine waterways and bushland, a well maintained urban public realm and a commitment to sustainable energy and waste.
In 2016 and early 2017, the community was asked what their aspirations were for their local area. Using these comments, a draft vision statement for the region has been developed and incorporated into Queanbeyan-Palerang's first draft Community Strategic Plan.
Council is now seeking comment from the community on the draft Community Strategic Plan, including the vision statement, priorities highlighted throughout the engagement process and the goals and outcomes contained in the document.
"Over the past year, Council has engaged heavily with the local Queanbeyan-Palerang community to get an understanding of the community's aspirations, priorities and concerns," Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said.
"All of this data and comments have been combined into the draft Community Strategic Plan, which is a document that is owned by the community. We have asked the community to tell us their aspirations and now we want to ensure the vision and priorities are truly reflective of the community.”
The six priorities highlighted during the engagement processes were:
- Maintenance of road infrastructure to allow safe and easy travelling through the region, and advocacy for improved public transport.
- Provision and maintenance of public realm, including pedestrian and bike paths.
- Protection of the natural environment.
- Adoption of sustainable and renewable energy and management of waste.
- A fair, transparent and accountable Council that creates opportunities for engagement and responds to the community’s aspirations.
- Land use planning that responds to local needs.
The draft Community Strategic Plan sets the aspirations and priorities of the community. The elected Council is required to consider the Community Strategic Plan in developing its three-year Delivery Program, which is considered Council's contract with the community. The Delivery Program, which outlines Council services, projects and activities for its term in office, will be developed with councillors over the coming four months, prior to community engagement in early 2018.
The draft Community Strategic Plan is on public exhibition until Friday 1 December. The draft document can be viewed electronically at yourvoice.qprc.nsw.gov.au while hard copies can be obtained from Council's customer service centres and libraries at Bungendore, Braidwood and Queanbeyan.
During the exhibition phase, Council will be holding community meetings at Braidwood, Bungendore and Queanbeyan where the draft Community Strategic Plan will be discussed. The community meetings will run from 6-8pm on the following dates:
- Queanbeyan - 7 November in the Council Chambers
- Bungendore - 9 November in the Council Chambers
- Braidwood - 14 November in the Old Library, Park Lane