8 October 2021

Eurobodalla citizens asked to share their vision for the region's future

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Amber Pollard

Eurobodalla Council’s Amber Pollard is encouraging residents to articulate how they see the shire’s future. Photo: ESC.

After a torrid few years of bushfires and pandemic, Eurobodalla citizens are being asked what they want for the shire’s future.

Eurobodalla Council is updating the Community Strategic Plan, which happens every council term, helping new councillors understand the community’s aspirations and encouraging a sense of common purpose and responsibility.

Council is seeking feedback through a dedicated website called Our Eurobodalla where citizens can share ideas and discuss what the Eurobodalla will look like in 20 years’ time.

Eurobodalla Council’s corporate analyst Amber Pollard said if the last few years had taught us anything, it’s that ratepayers and residents want to have a say about where they are headed as a community.

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“Our last Community Strategic Plan was prepared in 2017 and had four central vision statements – friendly, thriving, responsible and proud. Are these still relevant? What’s missing, and what are our priorities for the future?,” she said.

“We’re using community engagement specialists Bang the Table, and we’ve put together online tools so individuals and groups can easily share their views with council.

“We’re contacting the shire’s community and sporting groups directly to ask them to participate and there’s a special focus on getting young people to have their say.”

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Ms Pollard said while COVID-19 had delayed local government elections a second time, now scheduled for Saturday 4 December, seeking input to the Community Strategic Plan would go ahead as planned.

“In this way, Eurobodalla citizens have had an opportunity to provide their vision and priorities, ready for the new term of council,” she said.

“Telling us what you want for Eurobodalla long term will help make it a reality. This is a great time to get involved in the conversation.”

To participate head to the website before Sunday 31 October.

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