Strategic planning for sustainable growth

Published: 08 Aug 2017 8:24am

Released 8 August 2017

Wagga Wagga City Council’s focus on community led strategic planning continues this week with community leaders, stakeholders and students attending a series of workshops to help plan for a growing city.

Manager City Strategy Tristan Kell says the Recreation and Open Space and Community Strategy (ROSCS) and Activation Strategy will play a crucial role in ensuring sustainable growth in the city and surrounding areas over the coming decades.

“With Wagga Wagga set to grow by 20, 000 people by 2040, there are some exciting times ahead in terms of opportunities for economic growth and social development,” he said.

“By developing these strategies now this growth will be sustainable, in the best interests of existing and future residents, and further enhance Wagga Wagga’s position as a leading regional centre.

“We can’t develop these kind of strategies in isolation, which is why it was so important to invite community leaders and stakeholders to be a part of the process and we appreciate the time they are taking to attend the workshops.”

This round of consultation is the latest in an extensive engagement process that has already been undertaken to develop the draft strategies, which will be considered by Council at the August Meeting before being placed on public exhibition for further comment.

Workshop participants represent a range of groups including the development industry, sporting clubs, emergency services, disability service providers and state government. The final workshop will hear the views of local students.

More about the strategies

The Activation Strategy will provide the city with a blue print to accommodate an additional 20,000 people by 2040 and provide direction for residential growth and building upon our existing built and natural environment.

The Recreation Open Space and Community Strategy (ROSCS) will provide a strategic direction for the planning, development, management and use of community spaces over the next 20 years within the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area.