Mixed feelings from Bribie over council's draft plan

BLUEPRINT FOR FUTURE: Cr Adam Hain and Cr Peter Flannery are waiting for community feedback on the council's draft plan.
BLUEPRINT FOR FUTURE: Cr Adam Hain and Cr Peter Flannery are waiting for community feedback on the council's draft plan.

SOME COMMUNITY groups are concerned the Moreton Bay Regional Council's 2017-22 Draft Corporate Plan lacks substance and direction, while others are encouraged by the council's visions and strategic priorities.

The draft plan is a five-year blueprint to guide job creation, economic growth and lifestyle opportunities across the Moreton Bay region.

The council is seeking public feedback on the plan.

Woorim Neighbourhood Watch secretary David Percival said the plan allowed residents to see the council's goals for the region but hoped the council would respect the individual needs of each community.

"It's a great base to start on as long as we don't find it's just hollow words. Councillors need to be held accountable for what they're putting in the corporate plan,” Mr Percival said.

"Bribie Island has a different vision to other communities - we want to reflect that we're a natural and coastal setting.

"If they can incorporate that into the plan and reflect the identity of communities and not try to bundle Moreton Bay region as one big community, that's important.”

Mayor Allan Sutherland said the plan set out the 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.”

Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce president Rhonda Cockinos said the plan failed to set ideals for specific regions.

"Our objectives and everything are different to other areas. This plan covers a broad spectrum of the region without mentioning the differences that we each have,” she said.

"This showed as a huge problem years ago with a disaster management plan - it didn't cover important aspects in each area. Things in Caboolture are totally different to what will happen in our area.”

She also raised concerns about the lack of detail.

"You can put plans and ideas together but there's not a lot there telling us how they're going to do it,” MsCockinos said.

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.”

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

Visit the council's website to complete the survey.

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