Council's draft plan criticised for lacking 'action'

FUTURE PLANS: Cr Adam Hain and Cr Peter Flannery are awaiting community feedback on the draft plan.
FUTURE PLANS: Cr Adam Hain and Cr Peter Flannery are awaiting community feedback on the draft plan.

COMMUNITY groups have raised concerns over the lack of substance and direction in the Moreton Bay Regional Council's 2017-22 Draft Corporate Plan.

Council put the draft five-year blueprint to guide job creation, economic growth and lifestyle opportunities across the Moreton Bay region, to the community for feedback.

Commerce Caboolture president Adam Leishman criticised the "glossy brochure”.

"It needs some definable, desired outcomes and definable understandable action items,” he said.

"It's not an easy thing they're trying to put together and it's hard to hit the nail on the head, but this document has no nail.”

Mayor Allan Sutherland said the plan set out council's priorities with clear targets to foster a thriving region, strong communities, and opportunities for residents in both employment and lifestyle.

"With more than 25,000 registered businesses and a population expected to grow by 40% by 2036, we know we need strong, strategic direction,” he said.

"The Mill at Moreton Bay priority development area, including a major new university campus at its heart, is a key example of how council is bringing plans to life.”

Mr Leishman said the mill was the only item specifically addressed in the plan.

"From a business point of view I'd love to see some action about employment generation - an action plan about getting government departments to relocate or open branches in our area,” he said.

"And economically, coming up with a marketing strategy that positions this area as a dynamic South-east Queensland business location.”

Moreton Bay Eco-Alliance executive Ian Bell said the council was failing in key areas and wouldn't succeed without a major shake-up at the highest levels.

"Council has yet to demonstrate adequate commitment now and into the future to 'deliver innovative projects, programs and partnerships that protect and enhance the region's natural environment and biodiversity',” he said.

"Probably the key persistent failure undermining the headline Corporate Vision statements on page nine is the failure to understand and implement meaningful community consultation.”

Caboolture 10 Neighbourhood Watch area co-ordinator Steven Ceh said the community was being asked to comment on a plan that had no Key Performance Indicators, no milestones and no structure as to how it would be enacted.

"There is little scope in the consultation process that allows for members of the community to give an educated and informed voice to the plan,” he said.

Mr Ceh said the council's strategy and strategic actions for a healthy and inclusive community was a win.

"It is really important for council supported sporting areas as we know that when communities are engaged the social investment is returned as engaged communities are less likely to commit crimes against the community,” Mr Ceh said.

Residents are encouraged to review and provide feedback on the draft plan, before council inform a final version of the document.

For more information or to complete the survey, visit council's website.

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