Would you like to be involved in our community engagement program to develop a 10 year plan for Esperance?
The Shire of Esperance is commencing a major review and update of the Shire of Esperance Strategic Community Plan 2012-2022. Our Strategic Community Plan is a legislative requirement to ensure that we appropriately plan for the future of the Esperance region. Every four years a major review is undertaken to make sure the plan remains relevant and reflective of community requirements.
Our Strategic Community Plan identifies our vision, aspirations and priorities. It provides guidance on potential allocation of resources to achieve this vision while balancing aspirations and capacity. Our Plan will not be limited to local government service responsibilities as the desired outcomes will be the goal for all contributors to our community. Most importantly our Strategic Community Plan should provide inspiration, reflecting our values, our goals - our community.
Our Council is responsible for developing and reviewing the plan, one of the most important documents for our Shire, but its implementation is a shared responsibility with other partners such as State agencies and community groups. While Council has a custodial role in initiating, preparing and maintaining the plan on behalf of the community, it is not wholly responsible for its implementation. The aim of the plan is to encourage council, the community and other agencies to work together as one community to deliver on our vision for the future. For this to occur it is vital that community goals and aspirations are accurately captured, detailed demographics of the region incorporated and future challenges and opportunities identified.
We’re keen to actively involve the whole community in a review and update of the plan. In coming months there will be a range of opportunities for locals to have their say including:
- Short Surveys - both online and hard copy
- Community forums - to be held in Esperance, Cascade, Condingup and Grass Patch
- Council Corners - an opportunity to discuss Esperance's future with your elected members, these will be at the Esperance Markets, Condingup Fair and Post Office square.
- Community Conversations - Shire officers will meet with various community groups to hear their views (would your group be interested in discussing creating our future for Esperance)
In addition to the above engagement opportunities the Shire would also like to set up a Strategic Community Engagement Program. The program needs interested and passionate community members to subscribe to a direct email list. This would then allow us to contact members directly through email on upcoming events or ask for one on one responses to specific questions. If you would like to be involved in the Strategic Community Engagement Program please complete the attached link.