West Tamar Council plan to improve community engagement

COMMUNITY: Christina Holmdahl said the community plan was in alignment with the council's responsibilities. Picture: Neil Richardson
COMMUNITY: Christina Holmdahl said the community plan was in alignment with the council's responsibilities. Picture: Neil Richardson

A report outlining the West Tamar Council’s three-year community plan will be tabled at Tuesday’s council meeting. 

The West Tamar Council Community Plan 2018-20 outlines the key priorities for the community services department over this period. 

This includes five key goals for the department – showing stronger leadership for the community, promoting and supporting tourism and economic development, strengthening relationships with community groups and schools, encourage greater diversity and improve information sharing processes. 

Among the proposed actions in the plan is the creation of a destination action plan for the West Tamar region, a new Exeter community centre and creating a larger online presence through social media. 

Community development officer, and report author, Kaitlin Roach said it was important for ratepayers to be more familiar with the work of the community services department.

“Through our community consultation a few things keep popping up – people asking for school holiday programs, activities for young people and recreational programs,” she said.

“We’re actively doing all those things, but it was clear people didn’t know it was available.”

Ms Roach said social media would be instrumental in improving communication between the council and municipality residents. 

“Things like our [department’s] small project grant programs, community grant programs and things that anybody in the community who wants to hold an event can access will be heavily promoted through social media.

“If [people in the municipality] have an idea for an action or event you’d like in the community, we’re the people to come to.”

West Tamar mayor Christina Holmdahl emphasised the importance of having a set community plan in place for the council to fulfill its responsibilities. 

“You will find many synergies with [the council’s] responsibilities under the [Local Government] Act throughout the community plan,” she said.

“I would strongly encourage people to get in touch to find out more about council support for events, grants, clubs and organisations.”