Collaboration key to planning a bright future
Cessnock City Council hosted the eighth Development Consultation Forum at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre yesterday which focused on planning together for future growth.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent welcomed attendees and highlighted the importance of collaboration.
“We must not plan in isolation but must continue working closely to achieve the most positive outcomes for our community”.
Mayor Pynsent explained this relies on planning on a regional level and working in partnership with neighbouring local government areas.
“Cross-boundary planning, partnering with other agencies and Council’s is critical for all of us to minimise territorial boundaries as a barrier to regional outcomes and look to a better future in the Hunter Region as a whole”, Cr Pynsent said.
The forum also featured a presentation from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Michael Luchitti on the online development application project being rolled out across the state.
Cessnock City Council provided an update to attendees as it prepares to transition to the online environment.Attendees also heard from Council’s Director of Planning and Environment Gareth Curtis about planning for growth, as Cessnock is expected to have a population of around 70,000 by 2036.
Creating public areas that will meet the needs of our community now and into the future was also a hot topic.Information was provided on a number of our strategic plans including outcomes from strategic planning for Cessnock, Kurri Kurri and Branxton town centres.
Those interested in attending a future forum should contact Council’s Planning and Environment Team on 4993 4100.