Join the discussion on our first Community Plan
  • Tuesday 08 February 2011

What are your big issues for the future—safe communities, protecting our waterways, supporting families, living sustainably?

Jump onto council’s website to let us know your thoughts and be one of the first to join the online discussion about the Draft Sunshine Coast Community Plan.

This is the first Community Plan for the Sunshine Coast and it outlines our hopes and aspirations for the future of our region—and now we need to know if we’ve got it right.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot said the Sunshine Coast Community Plan is very important and will inform council’s decision making over the next 20 years.

"Along with informing the new planning scheme, this plan also provides the basis for our community to articulate its vision, aspirations and priorities to all levels of government—local, state and federal," Cr Abbot said.

Preparing the plan has involved an extensive analysis of feedback obtained over the last five years from previous research and community consultation activities. Further information was derived from an independent survey of 800 people and a two day community conference.

Corporate Planning and Performance Portfolio Holder and Deputy Mayor Councillor Tim Dwyer said what emerged from this process was an agreement to the Sunshine Coast becoming Australia’s most sustainable region.

"This is great news because it means council’s vision and the community’s vision align," Cr Dwyer said.

"We are all working towards the same future understanding that to be more sustainable we need to protect our natural assets and lifestyle, build our economy, create a fairer society and seize new opportunities.

"We need everyone on board in order to realise our vision—which is why it’s important for the community to jump online and let us know their thoughts on the way the Coast moves forward to 2030."

Residents can provide their feedback via mail, email or join the online discussion.

Submissions close 31 March 2011. Visit one of council’s libraries, your local customer service centre or council’s website for a copy of the draft plan.