THE words ‘master plan’ hardly evoke excitement from people so it was really great last week to see so many people engaging with the Port Lincoln City Council’s precinct master plans workshops.
The response from the public with ideas for the city’s foreshore, central business district and the marina area was fantastic.
The workshops and the white poster papers were full of ideas that could improve the city long into the future.
Jensen Plus also did a great job of engaging with the public and the business community.
It was public engagement at its finest.
Council is always developing plans and budgets but what the community really wants to know is ‘why should I care about this?’.
The workshops were a means to genuinely engage with people, it’s much more personal than a survey and allows for interaction, conversation and provides the opportunity to ask questions on the fly.
Having witnessed the workshops and the public engage with Jensen Plus and the community last week, it would also be safe to say the workshops are somewhat more successful than an online survey.
Clearly this is the type of engagement that the community has been crying out for.
Last week the council’s infrastructure and regulatory services business manager Jade Scott said after engagement finished Jensen Plus would consolidate the plans and notes from the community engagement into a feedback record which would draw conclusions, summarise issues and identify strategic actions to inform the preparation of precinct master plans.
And while the master plans would be implemented over time, there will also be identified priorities that can be implemented over the next three to five years.
Mrs Scott said a big challenge for Port Lincoln was to ensure the foreshore, CBD and marina were connected and delivered on the community’s livability needs and enabled visitors to interact with local stories, culture and business offerings.
These plans encompass everything from traffic movement into and out of the CBD, marina infrastructure for Port Lincoln’s proud fishing fleet, water play areas, parking accessibility, landscaping and public art.
It is about sharing what Port Lincoln has to offer with the people who visit and connecting residents and the city as it grows and changes into the future.