Mr Ron van Katwyk, GM Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), is reminding the community that closing dates for comment and involvement are fast approaching on several important issues that Council is seeking input on.
“Firstly, there is the review of the Local Environment Plan (LEP), a major project that is only undertaken infrequently. Submissions close on Friday 16 November. The LEP planning review provides the opportunity for people to have their say about how zoning, lot sizes and how dwellings are developed, and crucially, to help facilitate the growth of the Shire.
“Please have your say at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCOpenToChange. Further information is available on Council’s website www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, at Werris Creek and Quirindi Libraries, Council’s Administration Centre, The Plains Fitness Centre, or by phoning 6746 1755 for a questionnaire to be sent to you by post, email or direct to your mobile. We would greatly appreciate your contribution to help achieve the best outcomes,” he said.
“Secondly, Council wishes to determine the community’s views as to how up to $1 million of Federal Government funding, on offer for drought relief projects, can be best utilised in providing jobs, keeping money flowing through local businesses plus supporting drought relief activities.
“I encourage everyone to fill in Council’s questionnaire which can be found online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPSCweneedyourideasdroughtrelief. Your ideas are important, because the more input received the better the decision making process that will result. Hard copies of the questionnaire are also available at Council’s Administration Centre, Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and the Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree. It can also be requested through an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 6746 1755 during business hours.
“It would be appreciated if you take a few minutes to do this as soon as possible as decisions have to be made quickly and submitted to the Federal Government. Projects that are successful must be completed by the end of June 2019 so there are tight timetables to meet,” he continued.
“Effective community engagement depends upon and results from a strong partnership between the community and its Council. It allows for the consideration and development of alternative strategies, identification of preferred solutions, and prioritising projects on merit. The more feedback gathered the better towards providing a good representation of the of the community’s views and wishes,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.