Great Lakes Council – Have your say

Community meeting – update on Council Activities

You are invited to participate in an upcoming community meeting with Councillors and senior staff from Great Lakes Council to hear about some significant happenings at Council and in local government generally.

“This is a great opportunity for all residents to come along and learn more about Council’s activities and what is happening in their local area” said Council’s General Manager Glenn Handford.

Council will be conducting a series of community engagements, which aim to inform the community about a range of Council activities:

  • Results of the community satisfaction survey
  • Long term financial position
  • Upcoming capital works
  • NSW State Government – Fit for the future initiative

“The community meetings will occur at several locations and I encourage you to take this opportunity to learn about what your Council is doing and ask questions of Councillors and senior management” said the Mayor Cr Jan McWilliams.

Tea Gardens

Monday 17 November – Tea Gardens Baptist Church Hall, 6pm


Wednesday 19 November – Stroud School of Arts Hall, 6pm


Wednesday 26 November – Bulahdelah School of Arts Hall, 6pm

Have a say in Council’s work – join the ‘Community Reference Group’

Great Lakes Council is calling for expressions of interest from Great Lakes residents to be part of a Community Reference Group.

“Community consultation is an important part of how we operate” explained Steve Embry, Director of Corporate and Community Services.

“By being a member of the Reference Group and indicating your particular areas of interest, we will be able to contact you for your opinion on a range of issues” he continued.

Lyndie Hepple, Community Services Coordinator explained “To start off with, we have six areas of interest on the application form, including Access, Ageing, Arts & Culture, Community Buildings, Disabilities and Youth.”

“Over time, we hope to expand that list to include other areas of Council.”

“Council will use the database of members to consult in a number of ways. We may invite you to a focus group meeting or send you a document for comment. We could also simply send you something that says ‘we’re considering doing this …. What do you think?’ or ask you to participate in a survey” Ms Hepple continued.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to have a say in Council’s work. Application forms are available on Council’s website at or call Council
on 6591 7222 for a paper version if you don’t have access to a computer.

Karuah River Catchment Management Plan on exhibition

Great Lakes Council is seeking feedback on the Draft Karuah River Catchment Management Plan, which has been placed on public exhibition until Friday 12 December.

“Healthy rivers mean a well-managed catchment regardless of the diversity of activity.” This was a key message of the Karuah Catchment Forum held at Stroud earlier this year as part of the Karuah River Catchment Management Plan’s preparation.

If you live in the Karuah River Catchment, including the settlements of Monkerai, Wards River, Stroud Road, Stroud, Booral, Girvan, Limeburners Creek and Karuah, this is another opportunity to be involved in the future of the catchment.

The Karuah River Catchment Management Plan has been developed to maintain and improve the health of the Karuah River Catchment’s natural environment so that it can support the sustained wellbeing of the catchment’s community and industries…More

Exhibition Period

View the plan
Stroud – Great Lakes Council Office
6 Church Lane Stroud (in the library) – 9am – 12pm Mon to Fri

Online – Draft Karuah River CMP

Exhibition Period
Friday 14th November to Friday 12th December 2014 inclusive

Public Submissions

Any person may make a written submission, including by email to Council in relation to the Draft Karuah River Catchment Management Plan. All submissions are to be received by 4.30 pm on Friday 12th December 2014.

Please reference correspondence with Draft Karuah River Catchment Management Plan and provide a full return address and telephone number when making a submission.

Any comments may be referenced in full in a Council Meeting business paper and the contents (including your name and address) will then be available to the general public. Whilst you can request that your name and address be withheld there are circumstances where such information may have to be released under the Freedom of Information Act.

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