Round two of community conversations

Published on 08 October 2019

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MidCoast Council is heading back around the region to report to communities on how priorities identified at the Community Conversations held earlier in the year are being delivered.

Council staff will again visit local communities from Harrington in the north, down to Tea Gardens in the south, to provide information and progress updates on town-specific priorities that were discussed at the Community Conversations earlier in the year.

The first round of forums gave participants the opportunity to identify the things that matter in their communities through a facilitated process. Now, as promised, Council is going to pick the conversation back up and check in on each place’s priorities for the coming year.

These workshops are also a great opportunity for community members to ask the leadership team any questions they might have about what Council is up to in their area.

“Our first round of community conversations were really well received and it was great to get out and hear about the different priorities for our different areas,” explained Adrian Panuccio, MidCoast Council’s General Manager.

“This second round of forums are an opportunity for us to drill down with each community, plan for next year and identify things we’ve already been working to achieve for them.”

The Council team will visit 12 communities from 17 October to 28 November, including Old Bar, Nabiac, Stroud, Hallidays Point, Taree, Forster, Gloucester, Harrington, Bulahdelah, Pacific Palms, Wingham and Tea Gardens.

To ensure key issues for each community can be addressed, locals can register a question or specific area of interest before the forum in their area if they wish. This can be done by visiting www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/questionsforcouncil

This is a great way for those who can’t attend to be involved, or for people to ask questions without having to stand up in front of a crowd. Questions are also very welcome on the night.

Each session will run no longer than two hours, and no RSVP is required.

Community conversations being held this month include:

·         Pacific Palms on 17 October

·         Forster on 22 October

·         Bulahdelah on 24 October

·         Old Bar on 29 October

“We’ve been working on community-specific action lists since our conversations earlier in the year and I’m looking forward to being able to present these to the community and work together to finalise how these are rolled out, to see that the individual focus and priorities for each town or village is achieved.”

To find out more, and to view the full schedule of locations and dates, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/conversations