Council projects on public exhibition

Community life - 24 January 2017

Engaging with the community is an important step in the decision making process of Council. By seeking feedback through workshops, surveys and submissions, Council aims to ensure that decisions reflect the views of the community.

Council places draft documents, plans and strategies on public exhibition. The exhibition process may involve providing electronic and hard copies of documents, coordinating surveys and discussions and running community workshops. Feedback is then collated and presented to councillors for consideration in a Council meeting.

The public are invited to attend monthly Council meetings and can lodge an application to present to Council on an agenda item or general items of interest in the Public Forum.

In 2016, Council launched a specific community engagement website, Your Say Macleay. The site includes the latest technology and a range of tools to allow people to have a say and participate in online discussion at a time and place that suits them.

There are currently a number of important documents on public exhibition, including the Kempsey CBD Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan. Council is responsible for planning the use and management of flood prone land. The draft Study and Plan contain the latest data and flood scenario mapping as well as recommendations on a number of flood risk management measures.

These draft documents are on exhibition until February 24 and are available at 

Council is also seeking feedback on the Oil Terminal Bridge at Saltwater Creek, South West Rocks, with plans to replace the bridge after it was damaged by vandals.

Due to its environmentally sensitive wetlands location, the replacement process requires Council to undertake environmental studies.

Council has since undertaken a flora and fauna study and has prepared a draft Review of Environmental Factors (REF) in order to meet the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979. The REF is on public exhibition until Tuesday 31 January, 2017.

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Community engagement workshop, Crescent Head Surf ClubResidents at one of Council’s community engagement workshops at the Crescent Head Surf Club last year.