Friday, March 17, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
One of Mayor Julie Hall’s most prominent election promises was to increase the connection between Council and the community, and this is a vision she is now delivering upon in a series of community face-to-face catch-ups.
The first event of this type took place at Dingo Beach and it proved to be a huge success with over 50 interested locals attending to share their views and open discussion.
Subjects on the day included raising awareness of Yellow Crazy Ants, managing 4WD impacts on coastal habitats and turtles, and the Dingo Beach bollard project.
The next catch-up will take place at Cannonvale TAFE at the end of the month and everyone in the community is invited to come along.
Ahead of time, residents are encouraged to help build an interesting and relevant agenda by sharing ideas for discussion via Council’s Online Engagement Portal Yoursay - https://bit.ly/Communitycatch-ups.
Mayor Hall said she is a huge advocate of face-to-face engagement with residents in the Whitsunday region.
“The vision of the Community Catch-ups are to provide an informal setting to discuss topics important to the local community,” she said.
“These catch-ups provide Councillors the opportunity to better connect with our smaller communities, build relationships, share information, and gather feedback on local issues.
“Face-to-face catch-ups allow us to facilitate a two-way flow of information, updating residents on Council projects relevant to them and listen to issues affecting the local community.”
After each event Council will provide participants with a detailed report of the discussion, key outcomes, and future actions from the meeting via email.
All catch-up reports will be posted on the Online Engagement Portal Catch-ups project page for interested residents that were unable to attend.
Other upcoming catch-up locations for 2023 include Collinsville, Mt Coolon, Conway and Wilson Beach, Proserpine, Bowen, Scottsville, Shute Harbour and Gumlu and Cape Upstart.
Dates and locations for the next three months of catch-ups will be announced soon.
WHAT: Community Catch-Up With Council
WHEN: Wednesday, March 29 from 9am-11am
WHERE: Cannonvale TAFE
Mayor Hall engages with the Dingo Beach community at the first in a series of Council catch-ups. Photo supplied