Strategic plan kicks up a gear

Fremantle council is “reviewing” its strategic plan, but it’s shaping up to be a completely new vision for the city.

FREMANTLE council is undergoing a major review of its Strategic Community Plan and is encouraging the community to join the conversation.

“Let’s Talk, Freo” goes live this week, encouraging residents, visitors and all people with a passion for Fremantle to have their say across a range of important issues affecting the city’s future.

The Strategic Community Plan (SCP) is the City’s future blueprint and provides an overarching outline of priorities, aspirations and expectations over a 10-year period.

Fremantle mayor Hannah Fitzhardinge said the plan outlined the City’s long-term priorities and extensive community input would be sought to ensure it remained a truly shared vision.

“Our public engagement process has been formed via input from community representatives, key stakeholders and leaders from business, education, creative industries and a host of others to test and finalise our approach to delivering a genuine and ‘very Freo’ consultation,” Ms Fitzhardinge said.

“It’s vital our community lets us know how we can improve and also help shape our response to the hot-button issues that lie ahead.”

The engagement process will initially canvass feedback via online surveys and face-to-face consultations before expanding into a series of community conversations.

City officers will also be present at a range of local events, including the Freo Farmers Market and Politics in the Pub to invite comment and participation.

A central hub will be established in the former visitors centre at the old Town Hall and a mobile ‘talk truck’ will help ensure the opportunity to contribute is never far away.

“We want to ensure our Strategic Community Plan review is based on extensive public feedback so we’ll be leaving no stone unturned to ensure we capture the hopes, ideas and aspirations of our community,” Ms Fitzhardinge said.

“This plan underlines every decision council makes in relation to new projects, operational expenditure and service provision so it’s vital we get input from all sectors of our community to help us create the future together.”

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