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Shaping Southern Downs: Community to share their vision for the future!

Residents are invited to take the future of the region into their own hands by sharing their vision for a bigger and better Southern Downs!

Southern Downs Regional Council is looking ahead with a new plan for the future, Shaping Southern Downs, and is inviting all residents to take part in the community engagement process.

Shaping Southern Downs will encourage investment in the region and aims to grow the population to 50,000. The region’s growth will support a wider range of businesses, industries and services in the area and provide a range of jobs for locals and support infrastructure improvements.

The plan will also form a foundation for SDRC’s Corporate Plan and new Southern Downs Planning Scheme. 

Southern Downs Mayor, Tracy Dobie said Shaping Southern Downs is an opportunity to develop a plan for the whole region while continuing to celebrate each village and town’s unique identity.

 “We live in a wonderful region and the Southern Downs is in an excellent position to welcome growth and population diversity given its rural lifestyle, temperate climate, existing infrastructure and connection to South East Queensland’s services and facilities,” Cr Dobie said.

“We are a diverse region and each community is different and we want to hear from each and every town about what they want for their community that will contribute to making us who we are as the Southern Downs region.”

 “We want to understand what people value about living in the area and their vision and aspirations for their townships and the wider region.”

Cr Dobie encouraged all residents to take part in the community engagement process.

“Council is committed to working alongside the community to develop a shared vision for the Southern Downs.

“I urge everyone in the community to provide feedback and share their input and ideas; have your say about what are the most important priorities for our region’s future.

The consultation period will be undertaken by consultants Ethos Urban from Saturday 9 June and will include community workshops, focus groups, pop-up events and consultation sessions.

Community members are invited to complete the online survey when it launches on 9 June through the Shaping Southern Downs webpage. Copies of Shaping Southern Downs will be available online and at Council service centres and facilities.

The community are invited to participate at community consultation workshops which will be held in Warwick, Stanthorpe, Allora and Killarney. Visit the Shaping Southern Downs webpage for a full list of workshop times and locations.

Registration to the events will be available via Council’s website from Saturday 9 June 2018.

For more information or to have your say visit www.sdrc.qld.gov.au or call 1300 MY SDRC (100 697 372).

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