Draft community plans on Council agenda

14 September 2018

Waratah Wynyard Council will be asked to endorse three draft community wellbeing plans at its September meeting on Monday night.

The draft Community Health and Wellbeing Plan, Age-Friendly Communities Plan and Youth Plan(YPLAN) will be up for approval to go out for public consultation for a four (4)-week period to receive public comments prior to final review and adoption of the plans.

The draft plans are a major planning initiative of both the Waratah Wynyard and Circular Head Councils to provide an evidence-based long-term direction for the planning and implementation of health and wellbeing, age friendly and youth specific projects and activities that will improve outcomes for the whole community in both the Waratah-Wynyard and Circular Head Municipal Areas over five-year period from 2018 to 2023.

Waratah Wynyard General Manager Shane Crawford said the plans are a five-year roadmap for promoting and improving the physical, mental and social wellbeing of our citizens.

“The integrated nature of the Plans reflects the ongoing close working relationship between Circular Head and Waratah-Wynyard Councils, and the way in which strategic goals are set in tandem,” Mr Crawford said.

“While the Plan is a joint strategy, the aim is to target actions to meet the individual needs of the communities.”

At the meeting Council will also consider its freedom camping strategy and locations.

A Council report prepared following the Open Space, Sport and Recreation Plan 2017-2027 Camping Issues Paper includes six recommendations relating to freedom camping in the municipality.

The recommendations are for Council to:
• Agree to develop a Freedom Camping Strategy document;
• Proceed with necessary planning for establishment of a site for Freedom Camping at Sisters Beach;
• Determine that a designated Freedom Camping site will not be provided for in Somerset or Yolla;
• Explore low cost camping opportunities at Waratah through the existing caravan park or creation of an overflow area;
• Continue to offer Freedom Camping at the Wynyard Showgrounds until such time that feasibility studies can be completed on Lions Park or any other possible location within the Wynyard area; and
• Trial a designated area for Freedom Camping at Boat Harbour Beach.

Mr Crawford said there has been extensive consultation in relation to freedom camping across a range of processes.

“The challenge will be to develop a strategy that not only manages the expectations of RV visitors, but also protects the amenity of valued natural resources for the community,” he said.

An update on the Open Space, Sport and Recreation Plan 2017 (the OSSR Plan) actions/recommendations will also be presented at the meeting.

The report includes progress updates for key projects, including the Coastal Pathway from Burnie to Wynyard and new playground developments for ANZAC Park in Somerset and East Wynyard.

Waratah Wynyard Council
21 Saunders Street : PO Box 168, Wynyard TAS 7325
Phone (03) 6443 8333 : Fax (03) 6443 8383 : Email: council@warwyn.tas.gov.au
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