THE development of Rochester’s Community Economic Development Plan is gaining momentum, with a number of community sessions planned to develop key ideas and strategies to help build Rochester.
Mayor Adrian Weston said the project launch late last year clearly demonstrated the passion and commitment from the Rochester community to build itself a new future.
‘‘And at the December community market we started the conversation about what makes Rochester great,’’ he said.
“We had a great response to the day, speaking to more than 150 people.
‘‘With nearly 80 postcards returned to date we have a strong platform with great thoughts and ideas to build this vital plan.’’
There will now be a community ‘visioning’ workshop followed by a street drop-in session to continue the conversation with the community.
The two-hour workshop will outline what other regional towns are doing to put themselves on the map and to share their vision.
The drop-in session will provide another chance for the community to chat to staff about the project and capture comments.
The community visioning workshop will be held at the Shamrock Hotel, 1 Gillies St, on January 30 from 6-8pm.
The street drop-in session will be outside Major’s IGA on February 1 from 11am-2pm.
“Once all comments are received, the information will be collated, reviewed and a draft plan developed which again will come back to the community for input before finalising,” Cr Weston said.
“We are excited that this project is now into this next phase and we encourage the community to become involved.”
Postcards are still available at the Rochester customer service centre if residents are unable to join the workshop or street drop-in session.
Places are limited at the visioning workshop and residents are required to RSVP by January 27 via Eventbrite’s website – Rochester community visioning.