Our Region Our Future is the fourth iteration of the Community Strategic Plan for the Bathurst region. It outlines the community’s aspirations and long-term vision for the Bathurst region. It is based on collaboration between all levels of government, local agencies, community groups, residents and visitors of the region. It is our plan for the long-term which will be used to guide shorter-term planning and actions.
This plan is a community plan. It is prepared by Council in collaboration with, and on behalf of residents, other levels of government and agencies. Responsibility for meeting the long-term community vision and desired outcomes rests with everyone.
When the plan makes reference to ‘we’, it refers to the collective Bathurst Regional community including Council, government agencies and other organisations, as well as its residents.
Council actively encourages community participation in our governance and decision making processes. In fact, it is the essential ingredient successful decision making. The Community Engagement Strategy has been developed to guide the ongoing dialogue between Council and the community as we plan for our future. An informed and involved community is one of the key objectives outlined in Council's Community Strategic Plan, Council is committed to having open, honest, respectful and truthful communication with the community and encourages the community to do the same. The community has told Council that the community should be involved in the development of the city and decision making. This Strategy aims to increase levels of engagement in a way that the community expects.
As part of its commitment to the Integrated Planning process, Bathurst Regional Council developed a Community Engagement Strategy and a policy framework in which to guide the Community Strategic Planning development and any future community consultation across the organisation.