Saturday, April 13, 2024

Upper Hunter Shire endorses pathway to future development

Upper Hunter Shire Council yesterday adopted a number of recommendations it says will pave the way for notable community development and engagement. 

Council has nominated Councillors James Burns and Allison McPhee to attend the 2024 National General Assembly (NGA) in Canberra, scheduled from 2 to 4 July 2024.

“This year’s NGA, themed ‘Building Community Trust’ will see our representatives engage on national policy development and opportunities to enhance community trust and collaboration,” the Council said in a statement.

“In a move to address the financial challenges of rural and regional areas, Council has approved Councillor James Burns’ request to attend the Local Government NSW Rural & Regional Summit in Sydney on 9 May 2024. The Summit is anticipated to be a platform for sharing insights and strategies to uplift rural and regional communities.”

The Council has also nominated Councillor Adam Williamson as its representative to the AGL Macquarie Community Dialogue Group.

“This critical role will focus on addressing environmental and social issues arising from the Liddell Power Station’s closure and demolition, marking a significant step towards sustainable community development,” Council says.

At yesterday’s meeting, Council also endorsed the Jefferson Park Masterplan – aimed at enhancing and expanding local sports and recreational facilities – for public exhibition.

After extensive consultation, the Masterplan outlines a development for Jefferson Park, Aberdeen, catering to current and future community needs, Council said.

“Upper Hunter Shire Council remains dedicated to fostering community growth, cultural development, and sustainable practices. These initiatives reflect the Council’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for its residents and laying down a resilient and prosperous future for the Upper Hunter,” it said.

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