THE Derwent Valley Council is inviting members of the community to share their vision for the future as part of a review of its 10-year plan to shape the region. Council is required under the Local Government Act to review its strategic plan every four years.
The current plan, Our Valley 2030, was developed in 2018 and has set the agenda for some big projects in recent years including:
• Playground improvements at Tynwald Park and the Esplanade;
• Sporting infrastructure upgrades at Tynwald Park and a masterplan for the New Norfolk Community Sporting Precinct;
• The creation of the Derwent Valley brand;
• The activation of Willow Court with new partnerships;
• A masterplan for High Street and completion of Stage 1 works; • Town signage along major tourist routes;
• New public amenities at Westerway;
• The review of Council’s special committees and establishment of strategic advisory bodies; and
• Support for the tourism, arts, and events sectors.
Derwent Valley Mayor Michelle Dracoulis said the Strategic Plan was Council’s highest-level policy document that guided Council’s operations, long-term priorities and decision making. ‘We are a diverse community with different interests, needs and hopes for the future,’’ Mrs Dracoulis said.
“Council’s Strategic Plan needs to reflect the community’s aspirations so that our work and efforts can focus on helping to achieve these. That’s why we are asking for your input into this process. “We’re developing the new Strategic Plan in-house to keep cost down and capture the ‘local voice’ with integrity. I ask that you please get involved as this is your chance to have your voice heard and guide the future of our remarkable region.’’
There are several stages of community engagement planned over the coming months. The first of these is a community survey that is now open. Also planned later this year are some local area listening posts and a large stakeholder workshop dubbed ‘Derwent Valley’s Big Conversation’ to be held in early 2023.
The community is invited to share their ideas and vision for the future of the Derwent Valley by completing the Stage 1 Community survey at yoursay.derwentvalley.as.gov.au/future.
Printed copies are also available from Council’s customer service desk.