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Latrobe StreetLife is currently conducting extensive community consultation through Township Development Program

By Latrobe City Council - 21st March 2001 - Back to News

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Latrobe StreetLife is currently conducting extensive community consultation through Township Development Program meetings being held in Tyers, Yinnar, Yallourn North, Newborough, Toongabbie and Churchill.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins, said the StreetLife program was part of a unique program to assist township development, designed to develop a marketing theme and image for an initial six townships within the region.

“This is a grass roots approach which invites communities to participate in identifying images for their town. These images are then utilised to develop branding and marketing strategies for each town,” Cr Jenkins said.

“The program is part of an overall strategy to raise the tourism and business profile of Latrobe City; for visitors coming to the region, and also citizens living in Gippsland and Latrobe.

“No-one knows the townships like the people who reside and work in them. This program seeks to provide a sense of ownership within the community on the direction and future planning within each town. It also assists Council to identify opportunities and needs within the town based on community input,” Cr Jenkins said.

Latrobe StreetLife Coordinator, Ashley Creighton, said Council had extended an open invitation to all residents, community members and business owners in each of the townships to attend the StreetLife community gatherings.

“Those attending are being asked to complete a survey and share thoughts and ideas on their particular town. A free sausage sizzle and free drinks have been provided to ensure the gatherings are as informal and enjoyable as possible,” Mr Creighton said.

“Each community is also being asked to undertake a photographic assignment aimed at identifying positive images of their town as well as identifying areas with scope for improvement within the town,” Mr Creighton explained.

“The assignments call for each community group to source and recruit community members from a diverse range of backgrounds and interests to take the photographs. These will including a young person aged 12 to 25, a new resident, a business owner, a citizen over the age of 60, a person with a disability, a person of an Indigenous or ethnic background, and a parent with young children.

“Each participant will be asked to take a total of twelve photos identifying six positive images within their town and six areas identified for improvement within the town.

“The results of the photographic assignments will provide us with a catalogue of photos and images based on a diverse range of interests and views from within the community. They will help us to form an image and strategic plan for each of the six towns,” Mr Creighton said.

Township meetings will be held at Newborough Town Hall, Thursday 22 March; Toongabbie Mechanics Institute, Wednesday 28 March; and Churchill Town Hall, Thursday 29 March. Meetings commence at 6pm.

Citizens who have missed the Tyers, Yinnar or Yallourn North meetings, or who are unable to attend the forthcoming meetings within their townships; and who would like a copy of the survey or information on participating in the program, can telephone Ashley Creighton at Latrobe City on 1300 367 700.

Media Enquiries:

Cr. Brendan Jenkins, Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 374 590

Cr. Tony Hanning, Deputy Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 373 577

Ms. Penny Holloway, Chief Executive Officer,
tel. 5173 1401 or 0417 557 103

Jeremy Bein, Public Relations and Communications Officer,
tel. 5173 1468


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