Planning for 2030—community representatives required
  • Friday 13 August 2010

Council is inviting community members from all walks of Sunshine Coast life to help plan and shape the next 20 years at a community conference, 6 - 7 October 2010.

The community conference is the second of its kind to be held since the council amalgamation in 2008 and is a crucial stage in developing the Sunshine Coast’s first ever Community Plan.

The deadline for nominations is 27 August and forms are available from council libraries, customer service centres, council’s website or by calling council on 5475 7272.

Because places are limited, participants will be selected on their ability to collectively represent the entire community.

Delegates will identify key priorities, values, and performance indicators for the Community Plan as well as selecting the winners of the Zooming into 2030 imagery competition, held through August and September.

Corporate planning and performance portfolio holder Cr Tim Dwyer said the Sunshine Coast has a uniquely involved and inspirational community.

"We need input from each and every sector of the community, because this document will ultimately guide all other planning processes for council over the next 20 years," he said.

"We’ll be reviewing the nominations and selecting participants on their ability to represent the community in interest areas as varied as seniors and young people to business, sport, the environment and health.

"Every group that goes into making up the Coast community is important and is therefore important to the community planning process.

"The Community Plan will be around for 20 years and while it may change over time, we need to make sure from the start, that it is a community plan not a carbon copy of council’s corporate plan.

"Following the community conference we are hoping to develop a draft of the community plan by November 2010.

"Council will then seek public comment from the community and other levels of government before endorsing the plan in March or April 2011."