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City Council hits the streets

Friday, 12th April, 2013

Council Operations Manager Peter Schindler with Tim Crampton marking his Council priorities. Council Operations Manager Peter Schindler with Tim Crampton marking his Council priorities.

By Erica Visser

City Council was out and about yesterday determining what residents believe is its biggest priority.

Council's 'Think Tank Thursday' featured satellite stations at popular locations around the city, as well as stalls at the Civic Centre.

It is part of a Council consultation week to gather input for an update of community Council representatives visited several of the city's hotspots including the Broken Hill Airport, town square, Centro Plaza, Bell's Milkbar and the hospital.

There they handed out stickers to residents who then placed them on what they thought were the top priorities for Council.

Road and footpaths, unsurprisingly, ranked number one on most charts, with economic sustainability also marked a priority.

Population growth and tourism were also considered important.

Council's Operations Manager Peter Schindler said that the stations had been a success.

"We've had a really good response," he said.

"There's no real surprising results. Generally roads and footpaths have come in as most important.

"We've so far been pleased and I've got a funny feeling the rest of the day will prove successful as well."

Mayor Wincen Cuy said that the satellite stations had proved a great resource to reach parts of the community that would not have attended workshops.

"I believe the satellite ones have been exceptionally successful with people that wouldn't normally have their say," he said.

"We're really trying to engage with people that live busy lifestyles and don't have time to come to a workshop.

"While I think most of the reflections are about roads and footpaths that is probably thinking about the short-term and there's been some really
positive stuff in regards to public input."

Blackadder Associates, the company that was paid to manage the three-day consultation, will now collate the results and include them in an update for the community strategic plan.

The draft report will be completed within a month and on public display before it is adopted.

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