Reinvigorate! The Way Forward Reinvigorate! The Way Forward

Refocus! Prioritise Now Refocus! Prioritise Now

 

COMMUNITY MEMBERS PRIORITISED IDEAS FOR HINCHINBROOK

Over 50 community members attended the second Roundtable to prioritise the 154 ideas brought out from the first session.

Participants on the night took the opportunity to prioritise the ideas that were important to them.

Hinchinbrook Shire Council Mayor Rodger Bow said, "After the voting concluded there were a number of ideas that stood out as well supported by the participants."

The most well supported ideas on the night were:

  • Develop a recreational freshwater dam
  • Local contractors for all Council work
  • Develop existing environmental assets/ clean out the river to support business/ sand mining enterprise
  • Reinvigorate the appearance/ tired, dirty shop facades, empty shops/ Christmas decorations in the main street/ cleaner footpaths and gutters in the CBD/ Tidy CBD parks, gardens and toilets
  • Establish a tertiary satellite campus/ stronger connection with James Cook University
  • Provide business coaching/ professional development/ fund and grants writing officer for business
  • Tourism is going to move forward/ Develop untapped tourism potential

"We will now analyse all of the votes and topic areas to form a list of ideas that will then be discussed further and expanded on in the third and final roundtable", said Mayor Rodger Bow.

The information from the Roundtable sessions will lead into Council's 2014-2019 Corporate Plan that will guide Council activities for the next four years.

"I would like to take this time to thank all of those community members who participated in last night's event, without you we would still be looking at a plethora of over 150 ideas. Now we have some focus, which is great", said Mayor Rodger Bow.  

Refresh! The Big Capture Refresh! The Big Capture

The Hinchinbrook Shire Council has held its first successful roundtable on Wednesday 4 December with 89 community members taking part.

The event started with a welcome to Country by Uncle Bill Morganson and Sam Backo followed by four guest speakers Stephen Guazzo – Primary Production, Mary Brown - Business, Terri Paterson – Residential Lifestyle and Raymond De Lai – Social Welfare.

The speakers identified positives about the here and now of Hinchinbrook and the challenges faced by the community moving forward.

Participants were asked to break into five groups, residential lifestyle, business, primary producers, families and living well over 60.

Councillors were facilitators at these five tables where thoughts and ideas were asked around two questions. What do you think of life in Hinchinbrook now? and What do you think Hinchinbrook should be like in ten years time?

Three key points for each question from each table was then shared with all participants.

All ideas from the night will be used in the next two roundtable sessions which will follow through to the Hinchinbrook Shire Council 2014 – 2019 Corporate Plan.

The online form for the first roundtable is now closed. Watch this space for further information on the next roundtable after the New Year.

Priority Points

Table Topics

Key Points

Residential Lifestyle

1. What do you think of life in Hinchinbrook now?

 

Need birthing facility

 

Need increased internet speed, better mobile and TV reception

 

Need better public transport

 

2. What do you think Hinchinbrook should be like in ten years time?

 

Address the aging population, commuter rail

 

Establish an arts, music, café culture, improving our aesthetics and keeping residential areas clean (e.g. gutters)

 

Protected boat ramps

 

 

Business

1. What do you think of life in Hinchinbrook now?

 

Promote tourism

 

Lobbying and introduction for return of services

 

Locals given higher preference

 

2. What do you think Hinchinbrook should be like in ten years time?

 

Diversify business and tourism to increase population and airport industry

 

Regional university connection and local industry specific training

 

Reinvigorate CBD

 

 

Primary Producer's

1. What do you think of life in Hinchinbrook now?

 

Great lifestyle close to nature and rural, safe community, good schools. Good place to raise kids. Good community spirit.            

 

Heavy reliance on sugar and an aging population

 

Untapped potential re tourism, not many jobs, not allowing smaller rural subdivision

 

2. What do you think Hinchinbrook should be like in ten years time?

 

Need higher median income, industry diversification, encourage city folk to work from and live here, attract the grey nomads, provide jobs for youth via hospitality industry, more availability of health services

 

Better utilise our best assets – beaches, island and reef, develop a water sports facility (re dam)

 

Remain quiet and affordable place to live recognising the aging population and shrinking farm ownership. Continue community consultation.

 

 

Families

1. What do you think of life in Hinchinbrook now?

 

More activities and facilities for youth

 

Lack of family supporting services

 

It's a great place for families – very safe, walk or bicycle to school

 

2. What do you think Hinchinbrook should be like in ten years time?

 

Care/support for families and youth, homeless mental health/maternity services

 

Greater opportunities for families – employment attract, education retention

 

Look after what we have got – environment and welcoming of newcomers

 

 

Over 60's

1. What do you think of life in Hinchinbrook now?

 

Aging people are not a burden to the community

 

Cleanup CBD (footpaths/gardens/parks)

 

‘Ingham' to be put on the map

 

2. What do you think Hinchinbrook should be like in ten years time?

 

Promote volunteering at all ages

 

Better pathways for all residents for a healthier lifestyle

 

Encourage fly-in/fly-out families to relocate to Ingham  

The prioritised ideas from the night are only a small capture of the evening. There are a wide variety of ideas from the night which will all move forward into the next roundtable.