Dubbo Regional Council rolls out 2040 Community Strategic Plan summits

Dubbo Regional Council administrator Michael Kneipp and city strategy services manager Steven Jennings review the month-long program for the 2040 Community Strategic Plan consultation. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo Regional Council administrator Michael Kneipp and city strategy services manager Steven Jennings review the month-long program for the 2040 Community Strategic Plan consultation. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Sharing ideas about how to make the region prosper is on the agenda as Dubbo Regional Council gears up for a big weekend of community consultation.

The council has issued an open invitation for residents to attend summits at either Wellington on Saturday or Dubbo on Sunday.

The sessions are part of a month of gathering ideas that will feed into the new draft 2040 Community Strategic Plan.

The plan will be the council’s overarching document from which major capital works, long-term actions and annual priorities are established.

The community consultation began on Tuesday, with the council taking to social media to invite participation.

Two rounds of summits, to be held at the weekend and on July 1 and 2, will be facilitated by Place Focus director Andrew Hammonds.

People are asked to register for catering purposes by calling 6801 4000 or going to the council’s website.

As well as two rounds of summits, there are other ways people can take part.

The 2040 team has developed a community questionnaire and a qualitative survey.

Council administrator Michael Kneipp said the new plan would build on Dubbo 2036 and Wellington 2025, plans put in place by the former councils before they were merged in 2016 to form Dubbo Regional Council.

“Dubbo Regional Council is a totally new entity so that’s why we’re going out to the consultation…,” he said.

“But there is certainly a lot of good work that had been done with the previous separate community strategic plans that if people in the community believe are the things that should be taken forward, then certainly they’ll be incorporated.”

Council staff will also host meetings in the region’s villages, starting with Eumungerie on June 20.

A Wellington CBD Ideas Parklet is also on the consultation program.

Council staff will be available at the ‘parklet’ on Saturday June 17 from 9.30am to 11.30am on the corner of Swift and Percy streets to discuss the engagement process and to seek ideas and priorities for the future.

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