The laid-back lifestyle, a sense of community, or even just strolling the beautiful beaches, there is much to love about living in the Eurobodalla.
Now shire residents can have their say in how the Eurobodalla Shire Council looks to our future.
Shire mayor Liz Innes said the community strategic plan presented the community with a wonderful opportunity to contribute.
“You can help by telling us what you love about the Eurobodalla, what you are worried about, and what you would like to see for Eurobodalla’s future.
The council has asked shire residents to complete a short survey by January 31. It can be completed on paper or online.
Details are available at shire libraries or on the council’s webpage: Community vision project: "my Eurobodalla, our story".
Cr Innes said that council had prepared a snapshot of the Eurobodalla for anyone to read.
The document Our Story: A Snapshot of the Eurobodalla in 2016 outlines the shire’s community profile and attitudes, right now.
“You can use it to see where we are now and to start thinking about where you would like to see the Eurobodalla in the future,” Cr Innes said.
Some of the things residents love about the shire are the scenic environment and temperate climate; the laid back and relaxed lifestyle; the friendly, safe and close-knit community; the beautiful beaches so close to home; and the rural location away from the city.
More than 37,000 people call Eurobodalla home and our population was significantly older than similar communities, with a median age of 50. Those aged more than 65 years make up the largest age group.
Traffic incidents in the Eurobodalla were significantly higher than the NSW average for: June school-holiday crashes; motorcycle helmets not being worn; and casualties aged more than 60.
The annual economy was worth $1.31 billion, with tourism accounting for $400 million.
The Eurobodalla – ‘land of many waters’ – lived up to its name with 110km of coastline and many watercourses. Large amounts of land were included in conservation areas. The community rated the environment as the most valuable aspect of the Eurobodalla and the most important future issue to be considered.
Sea-level was projected to rise by 23 per cent by 2050.
The council was one of 52 (37 per cent) NSW councils declared ‘Fit for the Future’ in October 2015, and 80 per cent of the community was satisfied with council’s overall performance.
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