The community is being encouraged to begin preparing to get involved in an important consultation process as Livingstone shapes a vision for the region over the next 30 years.
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said this long-term strategic community planning project titled Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow, asks residents of today to consider the community's needs, aspirations, opportunities, and challenges over a thirty-year horizon.
“This resident-focussed project seeks community input and partnerships to develop a whole of community plan for the shire,” Mayor Bill Ludwig said.
Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said Council has engaged The Centre for Local Government at the University of Technology Sydney in the delivery of this project.
“Guided by the community, this project will enable Council to provide a comprehensive united vision for long-term sustainable growth and development in the Livingstone region; provide a foundation for consistent decision making over the long term and provide a basis for project and resource allocation priorities,” Cr Hutton said.
“It will also facilitate the understanding of Council’s role and responsibilities within the community to build stronger relationships, whilst also giving confidence to key stakeholders, investors and the public that Council and the region know where it is heading and how it intends to get there.”
The UTS Centre for Local Government (CLG) is the leading university-based Centre for the local government sector in Australia and is at the forefront of influencing local government policy and practice, in Australia and around the world.
As the only Centre of its kind in Australia, CLG promotes a collaborative approach with the local government sector and assists councils to think strategically about their role in intergovernmental relationships and how they deliver services to their communities’ changing needs.
Cr Hutton said residents will have the opportunity to take part in phone and online surveys commencing in the coming weeks, and encouraged the community to get involved and share their thoughts and ideas on our region’s future. In addition to these surveys, as the project progresses the community will also be invited to participate in pop-up engagements and consultation workshops.
“Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow will draw on consultation and engagement from stakeholders across the local community, not-for-profit community organisations, advocacy groups, non-government organisations, and government agencies to ensure a comprehensive vision for the future is achieved,” Cr Hutton said.
A webpage has been established that details important dates, frequently asked questions, and other contact information which can be viewed at http://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/1540/Livingstone-2050-Shaping-Our-Tomorrow