Recovery Plan has gone ‘live'

THE draft Lockyer Valley Community Recovery Plan, which Council has formulated to guide the rebuilding of the region's communities, public assets and economic future, has gone ‘live', giving residents the opportunity to provide input and comment.

The draft Plan will be discussed with residents, the business community, primary producers and external stakeholders this month and will be amended as a result of this consultation and feedback.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the document had been framed under seven headings.

“Recovery Co-ordination and Management reflects Council's overall strategic aims, Community Engagement and Communication is about how we will engage with and help our community and there are the four main sub-areas of recovery, Economy, Human and Social, Infrastructure and Natural Environment and a separate infrastructure category of Housing to address the widespread loss of housing experienced by our residents,” Cr Jones said.

“The Plan recognises the importance of feedback and advice to Council from all sectors of the community on all aspects of the recovery.”

Among the many issues addressed by the document is the adequate coverage and reliability of telecommunications across the whole of the Lockyer Valley, which the Plan says must be addressed in the next year.

It also recommends the establishment of a Lockyer Valley Recovery Reference Group with local community representation and the establishment of a physical community hub in each affected village and area.

In consultation with the community, appropriate public memorials and memorial services will acknowledge the significant loss of life and property as a result of the events of December 2010 and January 2011, particularly January 10.

“I encourage all Lockyer Valley residents who have internet access to go to Council's website, have a look at the Community Recovery Plan and provide us with feedback on line,” Cr Jones said.

“Over the coming weeks we want to obtain a broad cross-section of opinions and comments.”

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