Community Plan

Community Plan 2016-32

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OUR COMMUNITY PLAN 2016-2032 SETS THE VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR CITY OF ‘THRIVING COMMUNITIES’

The Community Plan articulates the community vision – Thriving Communities. While it is an aspirational document, the key directions in it funnel down into the Strategic Plan, which drives Council’s means of delivering the vision.  The Community Plan 2016-2032 contains four key themes that articulate the desired future of our community.
The themes are:

  • Valued Environment
  • Great People and Lifestyle
  • Dynamic Economy
  • Connected Communities

Each theme is supported by a range of objectives that have guided Council’s planning and decision making in the preparation of our Strategic Plans.  The Community Plan vision of Thriving Communities will be delivered over 16 years.

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Strategic Objectives

  • Great places for people
  • Activate the river
  • Clean environmentally sustainable communities

Key areas for action

  1. Improve the public realm and community spaces
    1. Enhance streetscapes and entrances into townships
    2. Develop a network of themed trails and shared paths to improve connectivity for walking and cycling
    3. Provide active children’s play spaces, especially in the rural communities
  2. Develop connection with the river to provide amenity, recreational and economic benefit
    1. Develop the River Front Strategy
    2. Rationalise and upgrade boat ramps
  3. Ensure our recreation areas and open space are accessible and respond to the needs of the community
  4. Ensure infrastructure meets future demand and stimulates economic development
  5. Retain and protect natural areas and minimise our impact on the area

Strategic Objectives

  • A safe, healthy and active community
  • Plan liveable, connected and accessible places
  • Our history, diversity and culture is treasured

Key areas for action

  1. Develop transport options that meet the current and future needs of the community
  2. Ensure housing growth that retains the rural and lifestyle charm of the region, and which provides a range of housing options
  3. Manage improved community safety through planning, partnerships and design
  4. Encourage festivals and events that provide opportunity for creativity and leisure
  5. Value, celebrate and protect our heritage and cultural diversity

Strategic Objectives

  • A robust and diverse regional economy
  • A desirable place to live, work, invest and visit
  • A progressive, productive community

Key areas for action

  1. Develop a strong, positive, aspirational Murray Bridge identity
  2. Enable appealing and affordable housing appropriate to incomes, aspirations and cultures to attract and
    retain new residents
  3. Introduce local career, education and entrepreneurship pathways
  4. Develop a strategic approach to attracting more visitors to stay longer
  5. Develop and strengthen effective partnerships with local business and industry associations

Strategic Objectives

  • Collaborate to achieve outcomes
  • Engaged and well-informed communities
  • Build community capacity and support

Key areas for action

  1. Strengthen communication networks within communities and across the Rural City of Murray Bridge
    1. Maximise use of websites and social media
    2. Provide notice boards in key locations within the Council area and update with relevant information on a
      regular basis
  2. Increase community involvement in decision making
    1. Develop and support community groups and networks
  3. Build community capacity and support
    1. Facilitate leadership and local community capacity building training for members of established community
      groups and networks