Strategic plan out for public consultation

It's time for Northern Areas Council residents to give their opinions towards council's seven-year strategic plan.

It's time for Northern Areas Council residents to give their opinions towards council's seven-year strategic plan.

Northern Areas Council's seven year strategic plan is now ready for public consultation.

Following an initial community survey, council wants to hear from members of the public as to what their thoughts are for its roadmap to the future.

The strategic plan is the guiding document for any council, which sets direction for the core responsibilities for the council across what in this case will be a seven year period.

The plan is the centrepiece from which other key council documents are formed, which include the Annual Business Plan and Budget, the Long Term Financial Plan and Asset Management Plans.

NAC mayor Denis Clark said the strategic plan was the most important document for any council.

"This plan will set the pathway for the Northern Areas Council for the next seven years," Mayor Clark said.

"We've taken a lot of information from the local residents through the recent community survey, which has helped us form the plan."

Mayor Clark said the next stage was hearing from local residents and rate payers as to what their thoughts are on the draft plan and if they think there is anything that needs to be added.

"We strongly encourage people to get involved and have their say," he said.

Public consultation meetings will be held at the Gladstone Memorial Hall on Tuesday, July 30 from 7pm and at the Council Chambers in Jamestown on Wednesday, July 31, from 7pm.

Members of the public are strongly encouraged to come along and have their voice heard on the direction they wish the Northern Areas to take across the next seven years.

"We had our best attendance for many years at the recently public meeting regarding the council budget and it was excellent to hear from the local community. We're quite hopeful that we can again have a strong attendance at both meetings, given that this is the plan for the next seven years," Mayor Clark said.

Copies of the plan are available on the Northern Areas Council website www.nacouncil.sa.gov.au or at the Jamestown, Gladstone and Spalding Council offices.