Bellingen Shire Community Vision 2035

Submissions closing on 27 May 2022, 05:00 PM

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Our Draft Bellingen Shire Community Vision 2035 is an overarching long term plan that is prepared by Council and the community based on community priorities.

More than 860 people provided input to help shape our Draft Vision. It reflects our aspirations, objectives, and strategies for the future and outlines how we will work together to achieve these goals towards 2035. The Vision will also enable Council to coordinate its funding priorities, activities, and services.   

The Draft Bellingen Shire Community Vision 2035 details how we have listened to our community and worked to revise a vision that focuses on protecting and enhancing our unique environment, continuing our strong sense of community and ensuring the ongoing sustainability of our Shire through service delivery and advocacy.

It includes our plan for how we will work together with our community, government and non-government partners to address the things that need changing and work towards the aspirations of the five informing themes to ensure:

  • We have meaningful work and vibrant businesses within our community
  • We have balanced sustainable Tourism
  • We have a sustainable local farming sector that provides us with healthy, fresh food
  • Everyone in our community is valued, involved and supported
  • We value, honour and actively acknowledge our Gumbaynggirr culture and heritage
  • We are connected safe and resilient with a strong sense of community
  • We have a diversity of beautiful spaces and the facilities and services needed to foster community happiness and wellbeing
  • We have a mixture of affordable sustainable housing options for all in our community
  • We are connected and able to move around in a safe, accessible, affordable, healthy and environmentally friendly way
  • We have clean water which is protected and used sustainably
  • We live sustainably and reduce our ecological footprint and contribution to climate change
  • We work together to protect and enhance our biodiversity and natural environment
  • Council is well governed, future focused and responsible in its service delivery
  • Our community is informed and engaged with a strong sense of civic leadership
  • Council is proactive in representing the needs of our community