CLEAR VISION: Balonne Shire Council discuss corporate planning for the region.
CLEAR VISION: Balonne Shire Council discuss corporate planning for the region. Contributed

Future of Balonne envisioned

THE future of the Balonne is in safe hands, with councillors and executive staff coming together to discuss Balonne Shire Council's corporate plan andfuture vision on Thursday.

While the talks are still in their infancy, the aim of the meeting was to help outline where the shire was headed.

Deputy Mayor Fiona Gaske said the meeting was a robust conversation with key people over what the Balonne may look like in the future.

"It was a really great discussion because there is such a breadth of diversity among the councillors and we all bring something different to the table, so to hear their individual visions for the future was really inspiring and we'll come together to make a great plan,” she said.

"We're united in trying to embed our values, bring our customers, people and reputation into our vision.”

Cr Gaske said a future Balonne would incorporate a key set of ideas revolving around its people and future generations.

"There were a number of common themes, which included prosperity and opportunity within the shire and thinking forward to future generations in terms of what legacy and opportunities will we be leaving for our children,” she said.

"Another theme was that we wanted to celebrate the great people we have here inthe shire, that we love being here because of the lifestyle and the people who are so resilient and make the most of every opportunity.

"As we draft our vision and our plan, we really want those messages and themes to shine through.”

Cr Gaske said the region was in a great place to support new arrivals, whether it be the next generation or visitors that never leave.

"One of our directors whomoved from a big cityhas said we have everything we need here and at the same time have that relaxed lifestyle that makes it a great place to live,” she said.

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