Snowy Valleys 2028: our vision our future

Snowy Valleys 2028 Our Vision Our Future

We invite the you to have your say on the future of the region as Council kicks off the first phase of the development of the first ever Snowy Valleys Community Strategic Plan.

There are no right or wrong answers here. We want to listen to everyone. All ideas, big or small, are considered. Help us understand what you want going forward.

This is your chance to shape the future of our council. Help us to understand what is important to you, our residents, your aspirations and vision for the future, as well as any local challenges or opportunities

This is a landmark opportunity for you as community members to tell us what you value about your local town or village along with the entire Snowy Valleys region so we can plan to make it an even better place to live, work, play, raise families and retire.

Your feedback will inform the high-level development of the Community Strategic Plan, which is designed to capture the community’s vision for the Snowy Valleys and identify key social, economic and environmental priorities as well as long-term strategies for the next 10 years.


The Engagement Report is a key component that will be used in developing the Council’s first Community Strategic Plan.  

A key feature of this draft document is a series of Place Based Reports, which specifically captures the aspirations and priorities of each of our towns and villages

More than 170 surveys were completed and 19 written submissions received during the community engagement process which included ten separate town/village workshops and numerous other activities.

Hundreds of ideas were raised during the consultations. There were some recurring themes such as improvement in telecommunications and road infrastructure, a renewed focus on economic development and tourism, enabling business development across the region and the recognition, preservation and promotion of our unique towns and villages

We also heard that increasing our (Council) communications, reporting back and following through by doing what we say we’re going to do is important. To this end, we are making this initial engagement outcomes report available to the public and asking our community members to check that we’ve captured their aspirations and ideas adequately.

Council is committed to ensuring that the community has access to the entire community strategic planning process with more engagement activities and opportunities planned for the first half of 2018.

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What is the Community Strategic Plan?

The Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is an overarching 10 year plan that is prepared by Council and the community based on community priorities.

It identifies the community’s aspirations for the future and outlines strategies to achieve them. The community owns this plan and it will serve as the primary resource for guiding future councillors on what the community wants.

The Community Strategic Plan essentially addresses four key questions for the community:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want to be in ten years’ time?
  • How will we get there?
  • How will we know when we have arrived?

While Council creates the CSP and coordinates community input, it is not wholly responsible for the implementation. Individuals and community groups are responsible for some of the strategies, while other partners such as government agencies and businesses will be encouraged to deliver long-term objectives from the plan.

At the end of each council term a report is prepared by the council to the community which examines what progress has been made towards the achievement of outcomes identified in the Community Strategic Plan.

How can I have my say?

In the upcoming weeks there will be numerous opportunities for everyone in the community to tell us about your ideas and aspirations for Snowy Valleys.  We want to empower the community to play an integral role in determining the goals, strategies and actions to be undertaken.

When the time comes, we encourage you to join in a community workshop or sign up to become part of a focus group to further explore our opportunities and challenges as a region.

If you cant make your local workshop take our quick online survey or tell us your big idea

Stay tuned for more information on other opportunities to share your feedback coming soon

What will happen with my feedback?

Your feedback will be considered in the development of our Community Strategic Plan. We want to make sure this plan is reflective of what the community is telling us.

A Draft Community Engagement Report will be made available for the community to provide feedback on in early January 2018 through Council’s website, with feedback incorporated into the Final Community Engagement Report to be completed by March 2018.