Residents invited to have say at forum

Hilltops Council is hosting a number of local forums to hear first-hand from residents about what they see as the growth opportunities for the region over the next decade.

Council Administrator Wendy Tuckerman explained that the ideas generated at the forums will be incorporated into a new ‘Economic Development and Tourism Strategy’ currently being put together by Hilltops Council.

“The ‘Economic Development and Tourism Strategy’ is all about setting out a blueprint for the future, to ensure the region fulfils its potential and continues to be a thriving growth centre that encourages enterprise and creates jobs,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“This is a document for the community, by the community. It will only be as good as the feedback and ideas that we get from local people who are best placed to advise on what’s working and what’s not in terms of economic growth.

“That’s why we’re urging everyone to attend and participate in developing this strategy; no idea is too big or too small. We want to hear from people about their vision, their needs and their priorities; What are the key factors driving growth? What infrastructure is needed to underscore future growth? What are our emerging industries? What are our barriers to growth?”

Mrs Tuckerman said when completed, the document will identify a clear future direction for economic growth, along with a workplan that identifies how to put the strategy into action.

“It’s all very well to have a vision, but you need to have a solid plan of action to make it a reality and that’s what this consultation and subsequent strategy development is all about, so we’re very much looking forward to the community feedback, including from our Village Progress Associations,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

The development of the ‘Economic Development and Tourism Strategy’ is made possible through funding from the Hilltops Council, and a combined Federal and State Government grant from the ‘Energise Enterprise’ Fund.

Hilltops Council has appointed AEC Group to work with the local community to undertake the development of the strategy.

Residents are invited to attend community forums on:

• Tuesday, May 23: 6-8pm – Mechanics Institute, 31 Neill Street, Harden.

• Wednesday, May 24: 6-8pm – Young Town Hall, 189 Boorowa Street, Young.

• Thursday, May 25: 6-7.30pm – Boorowa Ex-services Club, 55 Pudman Street, Boorowa.

More information on the strategy and the topics to be covered during the community forums can be found on the Hilltops Council website, along with a feedback form for those unable to attend the public meetings.