19 August 2020

Care Factor survey to inform future planning for Eurobodalla

| Sharon Kelley
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Man and two kids walking with bikes at shops in Narooma.

A community survey is asking Moruya, Narooma, Bodalla and Central Tilba residents what they value about their villages. Photo: Supplied.

Residents of Moruya, Narooma, Bodalla and Central Tilba will be contacted by data consultant Place Score in coming weeks to find out how they feel about their town or village.

Funded by the NSW Government, the Eurobodalla Shire Council project is the first step in understanding community values, which can be used to prioritise future town planning and investment for the whole shire.

Council’s strategic planner, Nathan Farnell, said Moruya, Narooma, Bodalla and Central Tilba were selected because they had been directly or indirectly impacted by the past summer’s bushfires, and community data from the shire’s north was already collected in 2020 through other projects.

“This project has been made possible through bushfire recovery funding received from the state government, and it is an important step in building community resilience and strengthening the local economies of Moruya, Narooma, Bodalla and Central Tilba,” said Mr Farnell.

“We have recently collected community data for Batemans Bay and Mogo through other projects – including the Batemans Bay waterfront masterplan and activation strategy, and Mogo Village Rebuild project – and we have less data on the values from communities in the south of the shire to guide future work.”

Residents can take part by completing a brief Care Factor survey online. Consultants will also visit the Moruya, Narooma, Bodalla and Central Tilba townships from 27-29 August to conduct in-person street surveys.

Once collected, the data will be added to the information gathered from the shire’s northern communities to inform the review of council’s Community Strategic Plan and guide the preparation of future town and village planning strategies.

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