Fraser Coast social plan to set a new course

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Today’s launch of a new social plan for the Fraser Coast will strengthen community participation and economic opportunity for the Wide Bay region.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt, who joined today’s launch in Hervey Bay, said the plan has assessed the various demographic, social and economic issues of the Fraser Coast region to inform future social programs.

“This plan will be the bedrock of future decisions by government agencies, not-for-profits and local organisations to help them in not only engaging with the community but also to understand who their community is and what its needs are,” Mr Pitt said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberal and Nationals’ Government’s $15,000 investment will improve economic opportunities for the Fraser Coast.

“The first rule of any business is to know your market, which has been laid out in detail here. We expect improvements in the local tourism infrastructure, a promotion of the Council’s ‘buy local’ policy and a greater community voice in local economic decision-making,” Mr McCormack said.

Mayor of Fraser Coast George Seymour said the plan will connect and empower local communities, increasing community involvement in decision-making and planning.

“After undertaking eight community capacity workshops, 16 community engagement activities and the redevelopment of the ‘Our Fraser Coast’ website, we have taken every step possible to bring the community on board with us and we look forward to what the future brings,” Cr Seymour said.

Chief Executive Officer of the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Tanya Stevenson said since the consultation phase of the project, agencies have begun looking for ways in which to work together to address some of the identified needs in our region such as youth engagement and ageing.

“This plan covers all community sectors and I invite everyone to look at the information and decide how they can engage with us as we implement the recommendations,” Ms Stevenson said.

This project was jointly funded with the Liberal and Nationals’ Government investing $15,000, Fraser Coast Regional Council $10,000 and Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre $5,000.

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