The first two phases of the Alexandrina 2040 engagement have now come to an end.
During October/November 2019 we held Listening Posts at 13 community events, held 4 community focus groups, spoke to hundreds of local school students and received ideas from more than 1100 people. We asked people what they love about Alexandrina, what challenges we might face and what Council should focus on over the next 10-20 years.
The findings show that what people love most about Alexandrina is our sense of community and friendly people, our natural environment including the beach, river and countryside, and the broad range of community facilities such as libraries, skate parks, bike paths and playgrounds which make our region such a great place to live.
Our community identified climate change and environmental issues, the need for services and infrastructure to keep up with a growing population and a lack of local employment as the biggest challenges facing our region.
People also shared a whole host of ideas on how we can work together to meet these challenges and embrace our strengths with investments in community facilities, embracing sustainability and supporting local businesses at the top of the list.
A report on what we heard was released in January 2020. Read it here.
During February/March 2020 we held a roadshow of Village Conversation workshops in Strathalbyn, Middleton, Goolwa, Port Elliot, Clayton Bay, Milang, Langhorne Creek and Mount Compass along with an online participatory budgeting survey, with a focus on projects and priorities for Council’s new Long Term Financial Plan. In total we heard from nearly 500 people. A report on what we heard during this phase of engagement will be released in April 2020.
Community feedback from both phases will be used to prepare a new Alexandrina 2040 Community Plan, Long Term Financial Plan and Infrastructure & Asset Management Plan. A draft of all three plans will be released for a final round of public consultation in August-September 2020.