Council developing strategy to shape community

The last five years has seen our region transformed.

While it’s the economic adjustment that usually gains headlines, closer to home our communities have also undergone changes.

With this in mind, council is developing a new Community Development Strategy to look at the needs and aspirations of people in our communities.

Community Engagement Committee chair Cr Fran Mann said now was an ideal time to look at what could be done to ensure our region remained a connected, thriving, healthy and resilient community.

“We want to help our communities in the Mackay region find their voice and we want to listen,” Cr Mann said.

“The strategy will help bring services and people together to look at solutions to local challenges and make the most of the opportunities we have within our region,” she said.

“We are calling for our communities’ input right from the start of this process so that we can build this strategy together.

“Our goal is to strengthen and connect our communities in ways that help to build cohesion and reduce inequality and disadvantage.

“So, if you have ideas and opinions about things that could be done to benefit your community, and the region as a whole, we want to hear from you.”

You can give your feedback at connectingmackay.com.au.

Further discussions with community leaders and other key stakeholders, services and businesses will follow the initial consultation period in March and April.

Release of the Community Development Strategy for public review and feedback is scheduled for mid-2017.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 09 Mar 2017