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Residents Urged to Work Together for the Future

Residents from San Remo, Newhaven and Cape Woolamai will be asked at a public meeting if they accept a project that would see the community produce an action plan for the area

By Bass Coast Shire Council - 13th August 2001 - Back to News

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Residents from San Remo, Newhaven and Cape Woolamai will be asked at a public meeting next Friday (17 August) if they accept a project that would see the community produce an action plan for the area. The meeting will take place at the Newhaven Hall in Cleeland Street at 8pm.

The project is one of three funded by the Gippsland Local Government Group’s (GLGN) "Partners in Community Building Gippsland Program". These "community building projects" aim to help revitalise small rural communities by community members coming together and work out their vision for the future and an action plan to achieve this vision.

A flyer inviting residents to attend Friday’s meeting to hear more about the project has been delivered to all houses in the San Remo, Newhaven and Cape Woolamai area.

"If the community accepts this one-year project it will be the beginning of a process that will see individuals, community groups and local businesses work together for the area’s future," said Carol Blair, Director of Council Services at Bass Coast Shire Council.

Ms. Blair explained that a facilitator would work with individuals and groups in a number of different forums, workshops and one to one meetings to develop the action plan. This would include agreeing on projects (such as new industries/businesses, additional services or facilities) that could be developed by government, private industry and the community working together

She said that the action plan could include any number and type of projects and outline how the community can achieve these projects.

Ms. Blair emphasised that the action plan and subsequent projects would be "very much based on what the community sees as the most important issues and activities to take place."

"It is important that the diverse issues and needs of the area are taken into account so we’re hoping everyone will get involved with project and have their say," said Ms. Blair.

"There is already a strong sense of community in these areas and many active community groups," said Ms. Blair. "This project will tap into this strength, involve these groups and get the community working together for the future."

This project is one of three funded by GLGN. Seven Gippsland Shire Councils make up the membership of GLGN and work together to share information and collaborate on projects.

Bass Coast Shire Council nominated San Remo, Newhaven and Cape Woolamai as an area that could work together on a community building project. Two other Gippsland towns, Korumburra and Trafalgar will also embark on similar projects.

If accepted, the project will also feed into the Phillip Island and San Remo Design Framework that is currently underway.

For more information about the project or the meeting, contact Deb Linkins at Bass Coast Shire Council on 5671 2211 or 5951 3311.


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