FEELING SOCIABLE: Clarence Valley Councillor Terry Flanagan mans a council stall at the Grafton Show on Friday.
FEELING SOCIABLE: Clarence Valley Councillor Terry Flanagan mans a council stall at the Grafton Show on Friday.

Council shows way in social planning



SHOWGOERS at Grafton and Maclean last week may have been a little surprised when they were approached by officers of the Clarence Valley Council with a questionnaire.

The council, as part of efforts to get responses from a wide cross-section of the community for a new social plan now being formulated, had officers attending the shows to get comment from those people who might not normally contact the council.

According to Councillor Terry Flanagan, who chairs the council's social development committee, some problem trends are already appearing. He said that in their consultations to date, one of the biggest social problems facing Clarence Valley residents was housing affordability.

The State Government requires all councils to develop a social plan and the Clarence Valley must have a new plan in place by November.

According to council social planning and community development manager Bruce Mercer, the three plans will be developed to complement each other.

He said the Clarence Valley Council would approach the plan differently from many other councils of the state which had simply identified problems and attempted to address them.

He said that as part of the CVC's social plan, people would be asked about the positive aspects of living in the Valley as well as things that needed addressing. That way the council would have some idea of the direction the social plan should take.

The council is keen to get feedback from as many people as possible.

To submit your views, contact the council on 66430200 or fill in an online survey through the council's website.



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