Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Council has completed the first round of community consultation forums to hear what its residents and ratepayers have to say about the future of our local Palerang area.

Those taking part are being asked to comment on what they value most about the Palerang area now, what they see as challenges facing Palerang and how these may be addressed to make Palerang a better place to live in the future.

The information gained from the forums will be used to develop the Palerang Community Strategic Plan, which will guide Council’s program of activities during the next 20 years. The Plan will be continually updated to reflect changing community needs.

General Manager, Peter Bascomb, is very pleased with the way the forums are going. “We had our first forum at Gundillion with a good crowd attending. Discussion at each of the tables was vigorous and enlightening,” said Mr Bascomb. “Our second forum was in Araluen, with a good cross section of residents participating. This was followed by a forum specifically for business and government agencies in Braidwood, and then we had the largest group of nearly 70 at the Braidwood community forum,” said Mr Bascomb. “The last one in this round was at Nerriga,” he added.

“I’ve been impressed by the way everyone is contributing positively and passionately at the forums. Clearly, each area has its own particular issues, but there are some common ones cropping up at each forum,” said Mr Bascomb. “It’s obvious that roads are a major issue in the outlying areas, and cultural heritage is an important issue in Braidwood; however funding for local government – or rather, the lack of funding – is probably Council’s biggest obstacle to meeting the community’s needs,” he said.

The second round of forums will begin on Tuesday, 14 June, at Captains Flat, followed by Bungendore, Burra and finishing with Wamboin on Friday, 17 June. People who are intending to come to one or more of the forums are encouraged to register with Council beforehand.

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Palerang Council

Palerang Council is a medium-sized rural local government council in south-east NSW, near the ACT. It has a population of approximately 15000 and covers an area of 5145 square kilometres. The predominant agricultural uses are beef and sheep grazing. Palerang is unique in NSW Local Government Areas in that it has a very high percentage of rural residential living. The thousands of rural residential allotments are typically between two and 16 hectares in size and house more than three quarters of the Council's population in Bywong, Wamboin, Sutton East, Burra, Stoney Creek and parts of Carwoola and Royalla.
Debby Ferguson
P: (02) 6238 8111
M: 0417 258 055
W: www.palerang.nsw.gov.au


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