What do residents and ratepayers want for Cobar Shire?

Cobar Shire councillors, general manager Peter Vlatko and local residents at council’s
second Community Strategic Plan community consultation session at Drummond Park on
Saturday morning.

Cobar Shire Council is currently holding a
series of community consultations to find
out what Cobar Shire residents consider to
be the priorities for their community.
Council hosted two sessions last week, one
on Friday morning at the Council Chambers
and a second on Saturday morning in Drummond
Three more sessions will be held next week
in Cobar, Euabalong and Nymagee.
Council’s general manager Peter Vlatko led
the sessions and stressed at each meeting that
“the Community Strategic Plan is not a council
plan, but rather a plan that belongs to all Cobar
Shire residents and ratepayers”.
“It is up to all of us to achieve the outcomes
we are seeking,” Mr Vlatko said.
“At the same time, Cobar Shire Council has a
significant responsibility to achieve many of
the strategies that are outlined in the plan.”
He said the community, other levels of government
and the business sector also have responsibilities
in ensuring the plan succeeds.
The Community Strategic Plan takes into
account various community strategies and
looks at how they affect a variety of demographics.
It sets a plan for support and inclusion for all
and looks at how families can be encouraged to
relocate to Cobar and stay in Cobar.
Mr Vlatko said the plan aims for Cobar to
continue to be a generous, engaged and participative
community with a strong community
It discusses ways to promote Cobar Shire as a
healthy and active community and also a safe
and clean one.
The plan also covers economic strategies
(such as ways to support and promote business
growth and development); governance strategies
(making sure council is well funded and
the community is engaged in decision making);
infrastructure strategies (eg having a clean and
reliable water supply, good telecommunication
and transport networks, having good quality
and affordable infrastructure) and environment
strategies (adapting to climate change, carbon
policy initiatives and well managed public and
private land).