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Planning ahead for the Gloucester community

Gloucester residents are encouraged to get involved in planning for the community's future, as stage one of a community-led planning process gets underway.

Local people are the experts when it comes to their own communities, which is why local planning at a grassroots level is so effective. To help kick-start the process, MidCoast Council is inviting Gloucester residents to come together at a think tank session, to explore what's important for the future of their community.

"This first stage of the community planning process for Gloucester is vitally important, to capture the needs and desires of as many local people as possible," council's director of liveable communities, Paul De Szell explained.

"It is the first step in developing a road map for Gloucester's future, which will outline and prioritise projects that are important to the local community, and what's needed to get there."

The sessions will explore what makes Gloucester unique, and the elements that contribute to its appeal as a place to live, work and visit. Known as the gateway to Barrington Tops, the township is surrounded by natural beauty and its charming streetscapes reflect a rich heritage. Gloucester's friendly central business district and public spaces, its local businesses and events, are all underpinned by a strong community spirit.

The Gloucester Community Plan will ultimately be owned and driven by the community, with support and guidance provided by council throughout the process. Once in place, community plans not only assist in identifying local priorities, but can support funding applications for specific projects.

During this first phase, Gloucester residents are encouraged to come along and share their ideas at a family-friendly think tank session. Two sessions will be held at Gloucester Council Chambers on Tuesday September 24. The daytime session will run from 10am - 12pm, and an evening session from 6pm - 8pm on Tuesday.

For those who can't make it, a short survey is available to complete online at www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/LCP and hard copies are available at Council's customer service centre in Gloucester, or at Gloucester library. The feedback phase closes on Friday September 27.

For more information about the development of the Gloucester Community Plan, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/LCP where information will be provided about next steps and how to stay involved.