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Council seeks public comment on Strategic Plan

19 June 2017

The 2017 – 2021 Wattle Range Strategic Plan has been released for public comment following its presentation to the 13 June 2017 Council meeting.  

Mayor Peter Gandolfi stated that the Strategic Plan 2017 -2021 is an important guiding document for Council.

"It provides a blueprint of key strategies and actions that Council will undertake over the next four years,” Mr Gandolfi said. “The plan takes into consideration Council’s strategic planning framework and includes both the communities’ priorities and external considerations such as the State Strategic Plan.

“The development of the Plan has been an inclusive process and Council thanks the community for their input and passion in contributing to the development of the Plan.

“Council received more than 660 direct contributions to the Strategic Planning process through both the Community Survey and Youth Survey and considerable indirect contributions through the development of the individual Community Township Plans across the district.”

The Plan details Council’s vision over the next four years: To make Wattle Range a ‘Great Place to Live and Work’.

In achieving this vision, the community feedback helped shape five ‘Key Themes’, areas that Council will pursue:

  • Community Vibrancy and Presentation

  • Economic Prosperity

  • Environmentally Sustainable

  • Infrastructure & Asset Sustainability

  • Organisational Excellence

It was clear that from the consultation that the community wants the following:

  1. To create vibrancy and improve the visual amenity of the townships. Street lighting, car parking, street scaping, maintenance of key community services and enhanced public areas that cater for a broad demographic were common responses.

  2. To create a local economy that is thriving, supporting and growing local businesses, attracting new investment into the area that creates new jobs for our community.

  3. To protect our natural environment which is the very asset that makes Wattle Range unique.

  4. To maintain, improve and expand Council’s Infrastructure assets that will benefit the community for years to come. Assets such as an improved road network (both unsealed and sealed roads), and an improved footpath network that services the community more functionally were common responses.

  5. Provide an organisation that is effective and efficient that services the needs of the community.

In total there are 23 different strategies and numerous actions that underpin these themes and Council will monitor its success through to 2021.

“Council welcomes feedback and comments in relation to the plan and members of the public are invited to be involved in this important planning process by making written submissions to Council in relation the Strategic Plan 2017-2021,” Mr Gandolfi said.

“Interested parties are also invited to come along to one of a series of public meetings to be held as part of the consultation process.”

The schedule of public meetings includes:

- Monday 26 June, 6pm at the Beachport Visitor Information Centre
- Tuesday 27 June, 6pm at Penola Visitor Information Centre
- Wednesday 28 June, 6pm at Millicent Civic & Arts Centre

Written submissions marked “STRATEGIC PLAN 2017-2021” must be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Wattle Range Council, PO Box 27, MILLICENT, SA, 5280, or forwarded by email to council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au and must be received by COB on Friday, 14 July 2017.

Submissions will be considered at a meeting of Council prior to the formal adoption of the Plan.

Copies of Council’s Strategic Plan 2017-2021 are available from each of Council’s Offices and the Millicent Library, during normal office hours, or can be downloaded from Council's website at www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au/haveyoursay.



For further information please contact:

Ben Gower, Chief Executive Officer
Telephone:              (08) 8733 0900 or 0402 177 247
Email:                      bjg@wattlerange.sa.gov.au


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