As a community it is important for us to have a document that expresses how we want to develop into the future. It needs to bring together the whole community - individuals, businesses, community groups and government agencies; to work collaboratively towards a shared vision. This document is called MidCoast 2030: Shared Vision, Shared Responsibility.
What is MidCoast 2030 and why is it important?
Under legislation, NSW Councils are required to develop a Community Strategic Plan to create a whole of community vision so that council and the community are all working in the same direction. The plan also provides a way for Council to be accountable to the community and the NSW Government by reporting annually on how implementation is progressing. MidCoast 2030, is our Community Strategic Plan.
All of the components that make up the Community Strategic Plan framework are informed through meaningful communication with the community.
From this plan councils develop a four year Delivery Program that sets out the key strategies that council will use to deliver the plan over the following years, and then an annual Operational Plan and an annual budget that gives a much more detailed view of how the plan will be delivered during that period.
Although Council takes responsibility for leading the process by developing the Community Strategic Plan, and has a major role in delivering its objectives; the plan belongs to the whole community and everyone has a role to play in moving towards our vision.
How did the community have input into the plan?
The plan was developed from extensive consultation with the community between September 2016 and March 2018.
Early into the merger in 2016, we started a conversation with the community about what they valued most about living, working and visiting our region. The "What is MidCoast?" consultation directly influenced the overall vision and values within MidCoast 2030.
In the development of the draft plan, opportunities such as the community satisfaction survey and local community meetings were used to check in on emerging themes to ensure we were on the right track throughout its development.
In February 2018 Council agreed to place the draft MidCoast 2030 plan on public exhibition, which marked the start of an extensive seven week engagement program. This was an opportunity to gain feedback on whether we had got the plan right and how we could measure the plan to ensure we are on the right track. The engagement activities included online and hard copy surveys, formal submissions, quick polls, face to face pop ups at local markets, presentations and workshops, videos and a have your say webpage.
The feedback received throughout the process was collated and changes were made to ensure it reflected the community's vision and values. In April 2018 Council endorsed the final plan with the plan commencing from 1 July 2018.
The Engagement Outcomes Report link in the Related Information provides detailed information on how we engaged, who we engaged with and a summary of the feedback received.
As well as this, you can also read the complete responses from the survey, quick poll, formal submissions and workshops with hard to reach groups.
What's in MidCoast 2030: Shared Vision, Shared Responsibility?
The Plan expresses the vision and values for MidCoast and outlines how we must work together to make these become a reality.
Our vision for MidCoast is:
We strive to be recognised as a place of unique environmental and cultural significance.
Our strong community connection, coupled with our innovative development and growing economy, builds the quality of life we value.
There are 5 key values that set the tone and focus for the plan:
- We value our unique, diverse and culturally rich communities
- We value a connected community
- We value our environment
- We value our thriving and growing economy
- We value strong leadership and shared vision
Under these values we then outline where we want to be, how we will get there, who can help and how we will know once we have arrived.
You can view the final plan by clicking on the link in the related documents.