COMMUNITY members and business representatives from Raymond Terrace, Heatherbrae and Medowie are being called on to play an active role in driving progress in their local communities.
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Port Stephens Council is calling for nominations from people who want to keep Council accountable and drive action by sitting on implementation panels for the Raymond Terrace and Heatherbrae Strategy, as well as the Medowie Strategy.
Two community members and two business representatives will be selected for each panel. The panels will meet quarterly and will be responsible for ensuring Council is on track to deliver key actions from each strategy.
Steve Peart, Council’s Strategy and Environment Section Manager, says Council is looking for people with an interest in driving progress in their community.
“Raymond Terrace and Heatherbrae has long been identified as a centre of strategic importance for the Hunter region,” Mr Peart said.
“Council adopted the Raymond Terrace and Heatherbrae Strategy in 2015 and while some actions have been implemented we’re now looking to establish a panel to ensure the community has oversight of what we’re trying to achieve,” he said.
“This includes a walking path along the Hunter river, encouraging shop-top housing within the town centre and identifying land for open space within the town centre.”
“Equally, Medowie is an important town centre that Council is keen to see flourish. We’ve identified that a new library facility is desired, while street tree planting, public amenities and town square improvements are key for this growing community.”
Mr Peart says implementation panels are an important tool for ensuring the actions identified in strategies are put into practice.
“We don’t write strategies so that they can sit on a shelf. Council wants to ensure the key actions identified for our town centres are implemented, and these panels are a great way to do just that.
“I would encourage any community member or business person who is passionate about their community to put up their hand and get involved. If you live or work in Medowie, Raymond Terrace or Heatherbrae, fill in the nomination form today.”