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Locals are getting a chance to have their say and meet their elected representatives as Longreach Regional Council prepares for its annual Community Consultation Forums next week.

The forums, held in Yaraka, Isisford, Ilfracombe and Longreach, allow the Mayor, Councillors, CEO and staff to hear directly from each community on the issues that matter to them most.

Longreach Regional Council Chief Executive Officer, Ian Bodill, stressed the importance of conducting the forums.

“This is a really important opportunity not just for residents but for Council as well – for us to hear from people about what matters to them. We don’t always get to hear directly from the community, so these forums are really important to everyone at Council.”

“Hopefully they’re important to the community as well; we want to see lots of people turn up in each town.”

In addition to the traditional open floor sessions, this year the forums will feature presentations on disaster preparedness and Council’s annual report. The annual report has been completed early this year allowing Council to present it to the community at the forums.

The report contains financial statements and outcomes from the 2015/2016 financial year.

Each forum will conclude with a community workshop that provides input to Council’s Corporate Plan, which is currently under review. Consultant Sasha Lennon, who developed Council’s recently released Economic Development Strategy, is working on the plan and will be on hand to conduct the workshops. 

Mr. Lennon explained that the Corporate Plan is a community document. 

“The Corporate Plan is basically the people’s plan for Council. It sets out what the community wants Council to deliver.”

Longreach Regional Council Mayor, Cr Ed Warren, said it was important the community take advantage of the opportunity provided by the forums.

“Anyone who is interested in the future of our communities should really attend. It’s a unique opportunity to have your say and make your voice heard.”

Cr Warren said attendance was usually strong in the smaller communities, but less so in Longreach. 

“It’d be great to see a strong turn out in Longreach this time – we only had a few people turn up to the last one in May. Hopefully that was a one-off and we see people turn up to get behind the issues that are important to them.” 

The forums will take place in Longreach on the 22nd, Yaraka and Isisford on the 23rd, and Ilfracombe on the 24th of November. All community members are encouraged to attend.

Community Date Time Venue
Longreach Tuesday 22 November 6:00pm Civic Centre
Yaraka Wednesday 23 November 12 noon Town Hall
Isisford Wednesday 23 November 5:00pm Town Hall
Ilfracombe Thursday 24 November 6:30pm Recreation Centre