A comprehensive, nine-month community engagement campaign moves into its final stage next week, when the draft MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan goes on display for public comment.
“Through the MyCoffs campaign, our whole community has collaborated to develop a vision and strategic plan for our community,” Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight said.
“The Community Strategic Plan must serve as the foundation for everything that we do on behalf of our area going forward.”
“It may be the responsibility of Coffs Harbour City Council to facilitate the development of the Plan, but it has to be owned by the community”, Councillor Knight said. “That’s why it’s been a privilege to see thousands of local residents directly involved, sharing their aspirations and hopes, and prioritising our community objectives.”
Under the MyCoffs Community Vision of “connected, sustainable, thriving”, the plan sets out goals and priorities for the city over the next ten years and beyond. It centres on four themes: Community Wellbeing, Community Prosperity, A Place for Community and Sustainable Community Leadership.
The Community Strategic Plan is on public exhibition during May. “It’s important that the community read the draft plan,” Councillor Knight said. “We want to know peoples’ thoughts about the Vision and the objectives to help confirm that we’ve got it right.”
At the same time, Coffs Harbour City Council is seeking feedback on the Draft 2017-2021 Delivery Program, Draft 2017/18 Operational Plan, Draft Delivery Program Budgets 2017-2021 and Draft Fees and Charges 2017/18.
The Draft Delivery Program maps out the way Council will help to implement the Community Strategic Plan over the next four years. In delivering services during 2017/18, Council’s budget projection is for a General Fund surplus of $18.1m.
All of the draft documents will be on public exhibition from Monday, May 1 to Monday, May 29 2017. The draft documents, display locations of printed copies, and details on how to lodge a community submission can found on Council’s website www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/publicnotices from May 1. Submissions will close at 5pm on Monday, May 29 2017.