Community vision steers Council plan for next decade

Tweed Shire Council
Mayor of Tweed Chris Cherry

Council has adopted a 10-year Community Strategic Plan for the Tweed which will take effect from 1 July 2022.

The plan will guide all other Council strategies and plans and sets out the community’s vision and goals for the Tweed’s long-term future.

There are 4 streams in the plan that reflect the community’s priorities. The ‘Living’ stream includes goals such as:

  • deliver a safe and connected local road and transport network that can accommodate increased traffic as our Shire grows and connects people, places and businesses to each other

  • work together with others to prepare for, mitigate and build resilience to both natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.

Other streams include ‘Protecting’ which focuses on preserving our natural environment; ‘Thriving’ which seeks to ensure the Tweed’s people and places thrive; and the ‘Growing’ stream which describes our ambition to work together to plan for the future so the Tweed grows in a sustainable way.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said community input was central to the plan’s development.

“This plan is the culmination of extensive community engagement over many months,” Cr Cherry said.

“It is the community’s plan for our shared future and reflects what our community has told us is important to them.”

Despite delays due to COVID-19 and 2 major flood events, the community was highly engaged in the drafting of the plan. A statistically representative survey of 422 local residents was conducted and almost 1,000 people visited Council’s online engagement website, Your Say Tweed, to view the draft planning documents.

More than 60 local people including representatives from resident and ratepayer groups, business chambers, industry associations and environmental groups joined in a series of Community Conversations to provide feedback on the draft Community Strategic Plan.

“It was fantastic to see our community make a meaningful contribution to this important strategic plan,” Cr Cherry said.

“Council endorsed more than 100 changes to the draft document as a direct result of the submissions we received from the community.

“On behalf of Council I would like to thank the community for taking the time to give us their considered feedback to help make the Tweed a better place tomorrow than it is today.”

The Community Strategic Plan 2022-2032 can be viewed at

tweed.nsw.gov.au/planning-reporting-to-community.

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