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Have your say on the long-term plan for the future of the Tweed by joining our Community Conversation in Tweed Heads or online at Your Say Tweed.

As the community takes stock following the devastating flood, the thoughts of many are turning to the future and long-term plans for the Tweed.

Tweed residents are invited to attend a Community Conversation in Tweed Heads next week (Tuesday, 29 March), or go online in their own time to contribute to a plan that will set the vision and priorities for the Tweed for the next 5 years, and help shape the future of the Shire.

The community’s aspirations will then be embedded into a Community Strategic Plan (CSP) for the Shire.

Last drafted in 2017, Council is now reviewing the CSP to make sure it continues to reflect the community’s priorities.

The past few weeks stressful and devastating

Mayor of Tweed Chris Cherry encouraged as many residents as possible to have their say on the plan. ‘The past few weeks have been stressful and devastating for many in our community and caused many of us to reassess our priorities and consider what is most important to us,’ said Cr Cherry.

‘And while many residents may not be in a position to contribute to this plan right now, we would encourage everyone who can to have their say in a way that works best for them.

‘Once we have incorporated community feedback from this early stage of consultation into the draft plan, we will place it on public exhibition in late April, so people have another opportunity to make comment before it is finalised.’

Cr Cherry said the community has already been sharing their views of what is important to them in a range of ways, including through Council’s Be Our Best Resident Survey in December, Community Conversations, Stakeholder Forums, formal submissions, Advisory Committees and Project Reference Groups. These have all provided insight into what our community values and what they want Council to prioritise.

So far, the Tweed community has shared they want:

  • to be safe at home and in our community with reliable essential services and infrastructure
  • the Tweed’s people and places to thrive
  • to plan so the Tweed to grows and evolves sustainably
  • a healthy, natural environment that supports us.

Council uses the Community Strategic Plan to guide planning for its programs and services to ensure the community’s ambitions are met for the Tweed.

To register for the Community Conversation on Tuesday 29 March at Tweed Heads Auditorium from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, or have your say online, visit yoursaytweed.com.au/future-of-the-tweed.

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