Mount Gambier 2035

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A community vision for our regional capital

As South Australia's regional capital, Mount Gambier serves as a central point to access essential infrastructure, services, business, employment and education not only for local residents but also for those in the surrounding towns and areas.

Much has changed in Mount Gambier since the last vision was crafted in 2011. This is why, hand in hand with our community, we're commencing the development of a new Community Vision named Mount Gambier 2035.

Developing our Community Vision

Mount Gambier 2035 is a vision for the future of our city, developed by our community between November 2023 and June 2024. While City of Mount Gambier facilitated the process, many people beyond those living within Council’s boundaries participate in and have a stake in the life of the city. Residents, workers, students, visitors, business owners, and anyone connected to Mount Gambier were invited to contribute to this vision.

Community members and key stakeholders contributed their stories, ideas and perspectives throughout two consultation phases. Our Mount Gambier 2035 Community Panel used this input to inform their thinking and discussions to shape the vision for Mount Gambier's future.

For full details on the process, please refer to the Mount Gambier 2035 Engagement Report.

Draft Community Vision - Mount Gambier 2035

The draft ‘Mount Gambier 2035: A Community Vision for our Regional Capital’ reflects the wider community’s contributions through previous stages of the Mount Gambier 2035 project, the community panel’s interpretation of the feedback and strategic leadership from Council to guide the process and bring it together.

Thank you to those who have taken the time to review the draft vision for 2035 and share their reflections with us.

The themes of these will be presented to Council for consideration in endorsing the final document at the July Council Meeting.

What happens next?

Achieving this vision will require a collaborative approach and everyone will have a role to play. Once the vision is endorsed by Council, we’ll turn our discussion to the many opportunities for this work to influence our planning and day to day activity as a community. As an example, the vision will directly influence Council’s next strategic plan, which will be developed and adopted by November 2024.

Council will support it by sharing stories from community members who are already ‘living the vision’, helping to bring the document to life. This approach was a recommendation of the community panel during their presentation to Council.

Keep an eye on this page for opportunities to be part of this discussion.

A community vision for our regional capital

As South Australia's regional capital, Mount Gambier serves as a central point to access essential infrastructure, services, business, employment and education not only for local residents but also for those in the surrounding towns and areas.

Much has changed in Mount Gambier since the last vision was crafted in 2011. This is why, hand in hand with our community, we're commencing the development of a new Community Vision named Mount Gambier 2035.

Developing our Community Vision

Mount Gambier 2035 is a vision for the future of our city, developed by our community between November 2023 and June 2024. While City of Mount Gambier facilitated the process, many people beyond those living within Council’s boundaries participate in and have a stake in the life of the city. Residents, workers, students, visitors, business owners, and anyone connected to Mount Gambier were invited to contribute to this vision.

Community members and key stakeholders contributed their stories, ideas and perspectives throughout two consultation phases. Our Mount Gambier 2035 Community Panel used this input to inform their thinking and discussions to shape the vision for Mount Gambier's future.

For full details on the process, please refer to the Mount Gambier 2035 Engagement Report.

Draft Community Vision - Mount Gambier 2035

The draft ‘Mount Gambier 2035: A Community Vision for our Regional Capital’ reflects the wider community’s contributions through previous stages of the Mount Gambier 2035 project, the community panel’s interpretation of the feedback and strategic leadership from Council to guide the process and bring it together.

Thank you to those who have taken the time to review the draft vision for 2035 and share their reflections with us.

The themes of these will be presented to Council for consideration in endorsing the final document at the July Council Meeting.

What happens next?

Achieving this vision will require a collaborative approach and everyone will have a role to play. Once the vision is endorsed by Council, we’ll turn our discussion to the many opportunities for this work to influence our planning and day to day activity as a community. As an example, the vision will directly influence Council’s next strategic plan, which will be developed and adopted by November 2024.

Council will support it by sharing stories from community members who are already ‘living the vision’, helping to bring the document to life. This approach was a recommendation of the community panel during their presentation to Council.

Keep an eye on this page for opportunities to be part of this discussion.

  • Community Panel Update

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    The feedback Council received through each stage of the project has been provided to our community panel to inform their thinking and discussion in shaping the vision for the future of Mount Gambier.

    Forty-four (44) community members were independently selected for the Mount Gambier 2035 Community Panel and made up a representative sample of our community. Of the forty-four, 28 community members attended the main sessions. These individuals brought their diverse expertise, ideas and life experience to the table to review and reflect on the feedback from our community, across 3 sessions, in responding to the following ‘charge’ (or task) set by Council:

    • What are the key elements that will inform the vision for Mount Gambier 2035?
    • What should the strategic priorities for our community as we approach 2035?
    • How might we describe our cultural identity as a city?

    The community panel presented their recommendations to Council on 28 May 2024 to ultimately inform the final draft of Mount Gambier 2035.

    We are now in the process of finalising a draft for community consultation to be presented at the June Council Meeting.

    To hear more about the Community Panel and the process, please refer to City of Mount Gambier's Newsroom.

  • Our Cultural Identity

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    Exploring our cultural identity

    Communities are a source of identity. Each community has its own traditions, values, and norms that shape its identity over time. These aspects are really important because they give us pride, a sense of belonging, and a responsibility to each other.

    To assist our Community Panel to put our unique cultural identity into words, we asked our community: What is 'uniquely Mount Gambier'? What makes us tick? What makes us...us?

    Thank you to those who completed the survey. We're have provided this feedback to our Mount Gambier 2035 Community Panel who will incorporate it to develop our Community Vision - Mount Gambier 2035.

  • Community Panel Update

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    As an important final stage in defining our community vision, Council has committed to forming a community panel to consider feedback themes, inform a community vision statement and help to prioritise the actions for Mount Gambier as we approach 2035.

    Expressions of interest for the Community Panel closed on 31 March 2024. A big thank you to those who registered their interest. The project team is currently finalising the program for the Community Panel and will be working with an independent selection panel to shortlist the applicants. If you've registered, we'll be in touch shortly.

Page last updated: 11 Jul 2024, 09:25 AM