The team at MidCoast Council will soon be visiting neighbourhoods around the region in their next set of Community Update meetings. Be sure to make time to go along and learn about what’s in store for the entire region, and your patch in it.
The community meetings kick off in Taree on Wednesday April 18, and continue across the MidCoast over the next four weeks.
“They’ve proven to be a popular forum for local residents to stay on top of what’s happening at Council in a more relaxed, closer-to-home environment”, Steve Embry, MidCoast Council’s acting general manager said.
Held in ten different locations, the sessions run for up to two hours and are designed to provide a progress report on Council's strategic priorities, what’s been undertaken in recent months, activities currently underway, and importantly an overview of what local communities can expect to see coming up in their local area.
“Hosting the meetings in different locations is invaluable in not only understanding the specific areas of concern for each community, but in acknowledging that while we’re all part of one local government area, each locality has a uniqueness that is important to retain as we move forward”, Mr Embry said.
In this round of meetings, members of council’s management team will provide an update on improvements to the way council interacts with its customers, explain the recruitment process for its new general manager, outline the gateway approach being used to assess the potential office relocation and discuss the draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan.
“Roads and bridges are always high on the agenda, having been identified early-on as the community’s number one priority”, Mr Embry said.
“We always aim to provide locals with a general update on where we’re headed strategically in improving our transport network, but also drill down to a local level with information relevant to each locality”.
The meetings are as follows:
- Taree Council Chambers, Wednesday April 18, 6pm
- Black Head Surf Lifesaving Club, Thursday April 19, 6pm
- Old Bar - Club Old Bar, Monday April 23, 6pm
- Wingham Services Club, Monday April 30, 6pm
- Forster Council Chambers, Tuesday May 1, 9am
- Tea Gardens Baptist Church, Monday May 7, 6pm
- Gloucester Senior Citizens, Wednesday May 9, 5.30pm
- Bulahdelah School of Arts, Thursday May 10, 6pm
- Harrington Function Centre, Monday May 14, 6pm
- Stroud School of Arts, Wednesday May 16, 6pm
"One of our objectives for these meetings is to meet and hear from a broad cross-section of our community, and those people who don't regularly interact with council. That's why we encourage people thinking about coming to grab a friend, a neighbour or a young person and bring them along too", Mr Embry said.
Find out more by visiting www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/communitymeetings where a video of one of the sessions will be uploaded for those who are unable to attend in person.