Planning makes perfect
THE social needs of the Clarence Valley are under the spotlight, with the State's Local Government Department calling for a social plan to be in place by November.
Mayor Ian Tiley said the social plan was one of three such plans vital to the sustainability of the Clarence Valley.
The others are the economic and environmental plans.
Who makes up your community, what is important to your community, how well previous plans have worked, and ways for council and other organisations to better meet your community's needs are issues to be dealt with under the social plan, the mayor said.
Councillor Terry Flanagan said social planning was important in making sure that everyone was given a fair go, a fair share and a fair say.
"Consultation with the community is a key component of this planning process," Cr Flanagan said.
"The consultation period is now underway.
"The Clarence Valley is your home and your future and we want to know what you think are the important community needs."
For more information on how you can be involved, contact the community development team on 66417211.
Copies of surveys and the program of consultations are available at all council offices, all libraries as well as the Grafton Community Centre, the Treelands Community Centre in Yamba and on councils website www.clarence.nsw.gov.au.