Developing a community plan for the future

Published on 12 September 2019


Wingham and Gloucester residents are currently being asked to share local knowledge and ideas for the future of their communities, as a series of think-tank sessions kick off next week.

The two-hour think tank sessions are part of the first stage of a community-led planning process, aimed at bringing people together to start a conversation about how they would like to see their communities evolve into the future, and identify and prioritise the activities that will help them to get there.

The Community Planning process is currently being undertaken in Wingham and Gloucester, and while the plans will ultimately be owned and driven by the local community, support and guidance will be provided by MidCoast Council’s engagement team along the way.

“Local people are the experts when it comes to their own communities, so in this first stage it’s important for everyone to come together and collaborate on what’s important for the future of their home town,” explained Paul De Szell, MidCoast Council’s Director of Liveable Communities.

The initial phase commences for the Wingham Community with two family-friendly think tank sessions, to be held at Wingham Services Club on Monday 16 September (10am – 12pm) and Tuesday 17 September (6pm – 8pm).

For Gloucester, locals are encouraged to participate in one of two think tank sessions at Gloucester’s council chambers on Tuesday 24 September (10am – 12pm, and 6pm – 8pm).

For those who can’t make it, a short survey is available to complete online at

Local Community planning is part of MidCoast Council’s commitment to supporting communities to retain and celebrate their unique identities. Visit the website to find out more, and to register your interest in undertaking the process in your community.