Everyone is concerned about the health, education, employment and housing opportunities for our youth and our whole community.
But what are our first priorities and what actions should we take?
Northern rivers residents now have an opportunity to make their views known.
Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC) and Regional Development Australia (RDA) – Northern Rivers are working together to develop a social plan for our region, and are inviting the public to have a say through a number of community forums.
Trish Evans, development and innovation manager at Northern Rivers Social Development Council, said, ‘the Census and our research have given us a snapshot of our region, but that doesn’t tell us if we are enjoying a happy and satisfying life or, if we aren’t, what the reasons are for this’.
‘And it doesn’t tell us what we need to change and how.’
Ms Evans said number of activities are being held to get people’s views, including a series of community forums in Lismore, Grafton, Brunswick Heads and Kyogle to help identify our regional priorities.
For those who can’t make it to a community forum, NRSDC has created an online submission form that will be open until Friday May 17.
The Social Plan will be publicly available from August 2013 and can be used to support new projects and services, measure changes in our region over time and to communicate what we need to change in our region for a better future for everyone.
Lismore: Monday 22 April, 4–6.30pm, St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 188 Keen Street
Grafton: Wednesday 1 May, 4–6.30pm, Grafton Community Centre, 59 Duke Street
Brunswick Heads: Thursday 2 May, 12–2.30pm, Brunswick Memorial Hall, Fingal Street
Kyogle: Wednesday 15 May, 4–6.30pm, KMI Hall Banquet Room, Stratheden Street