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Community planning for the future

Monday, 1st March, 2010

* 2030: Broken Hill the major financial centre? Perhaps not, but what could the future hold? The future depicted in this manipulated photograph might be unlikely and unpopular, so to be sure there is a common approach, Council is asking residents what they want. * 2030: Broken Hill the major financial centre? Perhaps not, but what could the future hold? The future depicted in this manipulated photograph might be unlikely and unpopular, so to be sure there is a common approach, Council is asking residents what they want.

Council has invited a futurist to help begin development of a longterm community plan and it wants to know what residents think the city should be like in 2030. A workshop to be conducted by the futurist in March will launch a City Council community consultation program to guide community and Council activities over the next 20 years. Mayor Wincen Cuy said the Broken Hill 2030 Community Strategic Plan would build on the community and social planning work that has already been undertaken.

"The first event to launch this community planning process is a Visioning Workshop facilitated by Jason Clarke, a well regarded futurist," Mayor Cuy said. "Community members will be asked to consider what they would like Broken Hill to be like in 20 years time - what sort of services the community wants, the type of surrounding environment, what sort of economy we will have," Mayor Cuy said.

"The Broken Hill 2030 Community Strategic Plan is the community's plan so it's important to hear from as many people as possible to ensure we get a true representation of the community's vision for the future. "During March, there will be a series of workshops held to make sure people have a real opportunity to have a say about the future of Broken Hill and to help shape the place we want to be a part of in 20 years time," Mayor Cuy said.

Throughout the consultation program, the community will be asked to think about a number of themes that have emerged through previous community social planning exercises, together with the requirements outlined in the Local Government Guidelines for developing Community Strategic Plans.

Broadly, these themes include: Our Community, Our Economy, Our Environment, Our Services and Our Leadership. "We want to know what the community sees as the major challenges under each of these themes over the next 20 years so we can start developing the strategies and actions we need to deliver to overcome those challenges," Mayor Cuy said. "I encourage all members of the community to participate in the consultation process - attend a community workshop, look at the information on the Council website, complete a community survey or participate in our online forum."

Community workshops will be held on March 18 at the Aged Persons Rest Centre and on March 19 at the Whitehouse Convention Centre. In addition to the community workshops, a number of specialist forums will be held with members of the business and tourism community, arts, heritage and environmental groups and representatives of state and federal government departments. "This is an exciting time for Broken Hill and we want everyone to take part in thinking about how we want our community to develop over the next 20 years," Mayor Cuy said.

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