Local Community Planning

Local people are the experts when it comes to their own communities, which is why local planning at a grass-roots level is so effective.

It’s a process that sees local residents come together to explore what’s important for the future of their community, to set out what projects and initiatives they want to see come to life, and to develop a plan that sets priorities for progress.

While the plan is owned and driven by the local community, we lend our support and guidance through the development process. Once in place, community plans help us understand your local priorities, and can support funding applications for specific projects.

We value our unique, diverse and culturally rich communities. Local community planning is part of our commitment to supporting communities to retain and celebrate their unique identities. Find out more about our approach to local community planning, the planning process and roles and responsibilities by reading our Local Community Planning Framework(PDF, 734KB).

Right now, local community planning is taking place in:

North Arm Cove / Carrington

Community planning is about you and where you live, so if you’re a North Arm Cove / Carrington local we need your input. In this first phase of the local planning process, we’re inviting everyone to have their say and identify what’s important for the future of your area.

Get involved before the survey closes on Tuesday 20 October:

  1. Complete the short survey: North Arm Cove/Carrington Local Community Planning (hard copies are also available at the North Arm Cove hall) 

  2. Hold a “kitchen table” conversation and complete the survey as a group. This is a great opportunity to share and build on your big ideas with others, whether that’s at the kitchen table, over the fence, or at a regular social get-together like garden club or bowls. Download the “Kitchen Table Conversations Kit(PDF, 104KB)” for more information about how you can work with friends and neighbours to provide joint feedback.

    Please note: Participating in a group discussion must be done in accordance with the NSW Government’s current social distancing requirements.

To make sure we receive a broad range of input and ideas we’re looking for both individual and group feedback – if you’ve already done the survey yourself, get together with others to discuss and provide collaborative feedback.

Community Plan Steering Group - Expression of Interest

If you’re interested in being involved in the Steering Group to drive this project forward we are currently seeking nominations. Review the Charter to find out more about what's involved and complete the nomination form before 4pm on Tuesday 20 October.


We are currently working with the Steering Group to develop Wingham's Local Community Plan.

The Steering Group members are:

Kev Ellis - Kev moved to Wingham in 2013 and quickly developed a strong attachment to the area. He is excited about this opportunity to to help shape the community's vision for the future and would love to hear any suggestions from community members. You can contact Kev on 0418 375 491 to discuss the plan.

Donna Ballard - Donna was born in the Manning and completed her schooling here. She has always had an interest and involvement in community development, music and cultural events, and joined the steering group to assist in creating a shared future vision for Wingham that reflects the community.

Grahame Nash -  Grahame is a chartered accountant and financial planner who was born and raised in the 'Valley'. He has been an active small business advocate for over 30 years with a strong interest in the future wellbeing and amenity of Wingham and the region.

James Pearson - 

Peter Axisa - 

Belinda Robertson - 

Jennifer Granger - 


Community planning is about you and where you live, so thank you Gloucester locals for your input when you attended a think tank session, or completed the survey, to share your vision for the future. Information from the two think tank sessions, and the survey responses, has been collated and shared with the Steering Group which has now been established.

An initial training session with Steering Group members was held in Gloucester in December last year and the group is now progressing with the plan.

Please check back here soon where we will provide details of your new Steering Group.

Local community plans are already in place in:

Coolongolook, Wang Wauk and Wallingat Rivers Catchment

Coolongolook, Wang Wauk and Wallingat Rivers Catchment Community Plan(PDF, 670KB)


Coomba Community Plan(PDF, 733KB)


Nabiac Community Plan(PDF, 1MB)


Wootton Community Plan 2017-2021(PDF, 699KB)

How can my community get involved?

Some of our 196 towns and villages already have community plans in place, some are currently in the development phase, and others are yet to start.

If you’d like to see the community planning process considered for where you live, tell us by choosing a location from the list below. This information will be used to gauge the level of interest in each community, helping us to understand where to focus our efforts in the future.

Click here to view form.