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Mayor appeals to community for new ideas

Mayor Ed Warren is urging residents to share their ideas for the future of the region at a round of community consultation forums next week.

Councillor Warren says the community should use the opportunity to share its ideas with Council.

“I really want to hear from more of our community about what matters to them” he told reporters. “Having these community forums twice a year is one of the most important things we do as Councillors. I know it’s important for people to hear from us, but I think it’s equally important we hear new ideas from them all the time.”

He said although the bi-annual forums attract a core group of regulars in each community, Council was looking for more people to take advantage of the opportunity.

“You do see the same people engaging with us each time around, and that’s great, but our communities are really diverse so it’s important we hear from as many different people as possible.”

Chief Executive Officer Ian Bodill said there is no limit to what can be discussed at the forums.

“They’re completely open” he explained. “Nothing is off the table, no idea is too big – in fact that’s what we’re looking for.”

Council says a number of its most successful projects have stemmed from ideas raised by the community. It cites the Longreach Wild Dog Exclusion Fence Scheme, Water Security Report and Reconciliation Action Plan as examples.

“John Te Kloot had a great idea with the fence scheme and he spoke up” Mayor Warren explained. “It’s so important for us to get ideas from our community.”

Mr Bodill agrees. “It’s no good sitting on an idea that could make a difference – we need people to show up and get involved.”

While Council says it helps them give a more immediate response, questions do not have to be submitted in advance; people can simply show up on the day. The Mayor says the forums should not just be about questions, though.

“People can ask us anything, of course, that’s important – but they can do that anytime, they don’t have to wait for the forums. We call these forums because they’re just that – a forum for ideas.”

The community consultation forums visit Ilfracombe, Yaraka, Isisford and Longreach from Tuesday next week. For more information, contact Council on (07) 4658 4111.





Ilfracombe Tuesday 20 March 6:30pm Martin Forrest Recreation Centre
Yaraka Wednesday 21 March 12 noon Yaraka Town Hall
Isisford Wednesday 21 March 5:30pm Isisford Town Hall
Longreach Thursday 22 March 5:30pm Longreach Civic Centre