Youth space and transport for the elderly included in corporate plan

BOB RILEY

A DEDICATED youth space is just one of the long-term, major projects identified in the just-released Warwick Shire Council's 2006-2011 corporate plan. "It is a challenge to create a youth space that is manageable, appropriately located and attractive to the broader spectrum of youth in the shire", Mayor Ron Bellingham said. The need for a dedicated space has been identified by the Warwick Youth Network, the Young Ambassadors and by the shire's community youth worker Pam Burley who said she was very excited by its inclusion in the plan. It is just one of eight major projects identified in the shire's new corporate plan. Others include the development of a civic centre, a state equestrian centre at Morgan Park, the compiling of a definitive history of the shire, the Elbow Valley Dam project and transport services for the aged. The corporate plan is the shire's headline document and outlines the direction and strategy the shire will take over the next five years. "It is a long term strategy and if we were to receive significant external funding we would be in a position to proceed with projects like the equestrian centre or the civic centre, for example", Cr Bellingham said. The new plan also has eight key outcomes which Cr Bellingham expects are achievable over the next five years. These include the implementation of a new waste management strategic plan, the development of future planning for Morgan Park, the development of strategies for water storage and storage options, completion of an electoral review, One Shire promotion and the implementation of strategies for youth employment. The corporate plan was compiled after a series of focus group meetings with councillors, shire staff, business and community leaders and included a period of public consultation. It is based on four pillars of excellence; leadership, lifestyle, growth, and services and infrastructure, which will be the main drivers of the council's strategic direction during the plan's life. "I would like to see people pick up a copy of the new corporate plan, read it and start thinking about it contents. It is an invitation for every one to contribute to the future of their shire." The shire's new corporate plan is an easy to read, fold-out, high quality colour brochure, designed by Sue McIver and produced within the shire. Copies are available from the council's Fitzroy Street offices.



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