Council launches a think-tank for community involvement in reform and action

Council's general manager Craig Bennett sayd the community has asked for greater collaboration and consultation.
Council's general manager Craig Bennett sayd the community has asked for greater collaboration and consultation.

A new think tank will give locals the chance to have a say as Glen Innes Severn Council delivers its plans for the future direction of the community.

People can now register to be directly involved in the delivery of the Glen Innes Highlands Economic Development Strategy 2020-2040 and Action Plan 2020-2025 (EDS&AP).

"Council adopted the final EDS&AP in March 2021 and this initiative is central to the place-based approach we endorsed," mayor Carol Sparks said.

GROW Glen Innes Think Tank will be an opportunity for people who are interested in collaborating, providing their experience, education and ideas across key elements of the 2020-2025 Economic Development Action Plan.

While the council will facilitate the set-up and workshops of the think tank, it will not be a formal committee of council to allow greater flexibility.

Participants can register for a variety of subjects, linked to delivering the action plan of the economic development strategy and action plan.

A statement from the council said it would allow the community to collaborate with the council on how the actions are delivered.

"Our community has asked for greater collaboration and consultation and this is one of the steps we're taking to achieve that," council's general manager Craig Bennett said.

Council's Manager Economic Development, Margot Davis, will facilitate workshops to provide research, information, data or other information to set up the GGITT session and then facilitate open discussion on ideas, challenges, actions, implementation and further participation.

"We had two rounds of community consultation for the EDS&AP which generated changes from the draft to the final EDS&AP," Margot Davis said.

"It's critical to continue this open relationship and collaboration with the community and the GGITT provides the mechanism and opportunity."

To register, complete the registration form online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GROWGI.

The registration form includes a list of workshop projects from Housing to Liveability to Youth and Tourism projects and initiatives which you select. Once the workshop date is set registrants will be contacted via email to confirm their participation.