Livingstone Shire Council is undertaking a long-term strategic planning project in order to gain a greater awareness of the community's needs, aspirations, opportunities, and challenges over a thirty-year horizon.
Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow will draw on consultation and engagement from stakeholders across the local community, not-for-profit community organisations, business, advocacy groups, non-government organisations, and government agencies to ensure a comprehensive vision for the future is achieved.
This project, guided by the community, will enable Council to:
Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow is a 30-year community planning project guided by the Livingstone community, for the community.
Council will lead a whole of community planning process to develop a 30-year vision with clear community priorities for the region. The process will shape and define the future priority projects and strategies that Council implements and / or influences.
The process involves long term thinking and collaboration with the community. The planning process identifies where we are now, as well as where we want to be in the future. It provides a clear set of strategies with a view to achieving the community’s priorities and aspirations for the future. It is a form of direct democracy and allows stakeholders to participate and work together towards a common goal.
The immediate effect is that you are invited to be involved in creating the plan for Livingstone 2050. Council will be seeking input from all corners within the Livingstone community. Keep an eye on this page and Council’s social media platforms and newsletters for more information on when and where engagement will occur, so you can get involved!
Once finalised, Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow will have positive effects on all aspects of life in the Livingstone region. The plan will respond to the aspirations, hopes and visions of the community through a democratic process. Livingstone 2050 will enable local and state government to respond to the immediate local needs and desires of the community as well as long term planning for changes in demographics and environment.3. Why is it a 30-year plan?
Big ideas often take time to implement and /or influence. The timeframe of 30 years is generally the amount of time necessary for a generational change enabling big things to happen.
The length of this horizon is reflective of the high-level, visionary nature of whole of community planning. Long term planning will be dynamic and will be reviewed and refocused as goals are achieved, and to accommodate new ideas as the next generation of Livingstone community leaders emerge.
4. Why should I get involved?
This process will shape the future of the Livingstone region for the next 30 years. It will affect our lives, and the lives of our children and grandchildren. It is critical that we hear from as many members of the community as possible so that the plan is truly reflective of the community’s vision and aspirations.5. How can I get involved?
There will be a range of different ways you can have a say in this planning project, these include:
Keep an eye on this page and Council’s social media platforms and newsletters for more information on when and where engagements will occur, so you can get involved!
6. How can young people get involved?
The region's young people will be invited to participate in this planning project through engagement and consultation with schools, and also through Council's Youth Action Group.
7. Why is Council doing another plan? How will this one be different to the current Corporate Plan, the Planning Scheme and other plans?
Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow is a whole of community plan. The plan will be broader than Council business and service activities. The plan will reflect the community's aspirations about the future of our region. The plan is about taking action on what you would like the Livingstone region to look like in 30 years’ time. The process will be led by the community’s opinions about the future, and implemented and / or influenced by the Council and Councillors on your behalf.8. What is the timeframe for delivery of Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow?
Community engagement activities will begin in April and continue until June 2019. The plan is anticipated to be published in September 2019. Please keep in mind however that the timing of this project is subject to a range of factors and may be updated as the project progresses.9. How will we know if Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow is a success?
Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow is expected to include measures of performance that Council will be able to publicly report on. Additionally, every 4 years there is anticipated to be a report released detailing achievements from within the plan.
10. Is this community plan required by law?
In some Australian states (for example New South Wales), whole of community planning is mandated under legislation, but this is not currently the case in Queensland. Livingstone Shire Council is one of the only communities in Queensland undertaking a large community planning exercise of this nature. This contemporary and innovative approach to planning for both community and Council will transparently link local aspirations to regional and state opportunities.11. Who is responsible for making this project happen, and ensuring its implementation?
Tell your neighbours to get involved in Livingstone 2050 - 13 May 2019
Everyone in the Livingstone community is encouraged to have their say as part of the Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow planning project.
Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton urged people to share their thoughts with their neighbour and get everyone involved as this will be a plan for the whole community.
“Having everyone involved is important, and this is a great opportunity for the community to ‘have its say’ on what it believes should be the future of the Capricorn Coast community,” Cr Hutton said.
"Consultation and engagement with the community is a significant element in achieving a meaningful plan to guide the Livingstone community over the next 30 years.
“Feedback and comments collected from the community through the telephone and online surveys will provide a foundation which will guide additional consultation and engagement activities within the planning project.
“We’re encouraging all community members not to miss out on this opportunity to be a part of shaping the future of the Livingstone community.”
You can get involved in two ways:
The phone surveys will be conducted throughout May, and the online survey is open now until mid-July.
If you find it difficult to complete the online survey, Council has made iPads available at Town Hall and the Community Centre in Yeppoon, as well as at the Customer Support Centre / Library in Emu Park.
For more information about the project go to: http://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/1540/Livingstone-2050-Shaping-Our-Tomorrow.
Livingstone 2050 community consultation launches to Shape Our Tomorrow - 30 April 2019
The community are being encouraged to begin preparing to get involved in an important consultation process as Livingstone shapes a vision for the region over the next 30 years.
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said this long-term strategic community planning project titled Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow, asks residents of today to consider the community's needs, aspirations, opportunities, and challenges over a thirty-year horizon.
“This resident-focussed project seeks community input and partnerships to develop a whole of community plan for the shire,” Mayor Bill Ludwig said.
Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said Council has engaged The Centre for Local Government at the University of Technology Sydney in the delivery of this project.
“Guided by the community, this project will enable Council to provide a comprehensive united vision for long-term sustainable growth and development in the Livingstone region; provide a foundation for consistent decision making over the long term and provide a basis for project and resource allocation priorities,” Cr Hutton said.
“It will also facilitate the understanding of Council’s role and responsibilities within the community to build stronger relationships, while also giving confidence to key stakeholders, investors and the public that Council and the region know where it is heading and how it intends to get there.”
The UTS Centre for Local Government (CLG) is the leading university-based Centre for the local government sector in Australia and is at the forefront of influencing local government policy and practice both in Australia and around the world.
As the only Centre of its kind in Australia, CLG promotes a collaborative approach with the local government sector and assists councils to think strategically about their role in intergovernmental relationships and how they deliver services to their communities’ changing needs.
Cr Hutton said residents will have the opportunity to take part in phone and online surveys commencing in the coming weeks, and encouraged the community to get involved and share their thoughts and ideas on our region’s future. In addition to these surveys, as the project progresses the community will also be invited to participate in pop-up engagements and consultation workshops.
“Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow will draw on consultation and engagement from stakeholders across the local community, not-for-profit community organisations, advocacy groups, non-government organisations, and government agencies to ensure a comprehensive vision for the future is achieved,” Cr Hutton said.
A webpage has been established that details important dates, frequently asked questions, and other contact information which can be viewed at http://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/1540/Livingstone-2050-Shaping-Our-Tomorrow.
Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said initial discussions have begun to plan for Livingstone 2050.
“Shaping our tomorrow will require a robust and innovative plan that will consider the future of our whole community and its long-term aspirations,” Cr Hutton said.
“In the coming months, Council will work with the community to create a plan to shape the future of Livingstone for the long-term prosperity of our community.
“The community is wanting governments at all levels to look beyond the next election and to the horizon, and this plan allows our community to reach out and shape our collective future.
“The Plan will influence how Council can prioritise its resources to align with the vision, outcomes and goals we aspire to as a regional community.
“It will help Council to advocate for community priorities with external parties, including the State and Federal government.
“While a community plan is not required under Queensland Local Government legislation, Council believes this is a significant and necessary step in securing positive outcomes for our community and is wide-reaching in its outlook.
“It is imperative for the future for council and community need to work together to guide and provide direction for the community, government, business and industry sectors to shape our tomorrow.”
Livingstone Businesses and Community consider what the future holds - 11 March 2019
Council was fortunate to host world-renowned futurist Professor Sohail Inayatullah in our region recently, to guide a series of workshops surrounding the future.
Local businesses as well as the wider community were able to take advantage of Professor Inayatullah’s expertise in future thinking to consider what the future may hold, and how future scenarios might influence the local economy and business sector, as well as the general community.
Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton emphasised how the recent visit from Professor Inayatullah, the Chair of Futures Studies for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation, inspires the nature of thinking that will help lead us into shaping our region’s future.
“While we may not have a crystal ball to predict the future, we want to explore how the decisions we make today can affect our region over the next 30 years,” Cr Hutton said.
“In starting to consider the future and question what changes might take place, we as a community will be better positioned to plan for and capitalise on future opportunities that bring us a step closer to where we’d like to be,” Cr Hutton explained.
Following a one-on-one session with Professor Inayatullah, Rhys Davies from Yeppoon café Chapter said Sohail made every minute of the experience worthwhile.
“His thoughtfulness and understanding helps create a calmness that makes everything seem possible,” Mr Davies said.
“He is an ideas eagle that points you in the direction you need to go, without you even knowing it.”
@ Real Estate Principal Natalie Gesler also met with Professor Inayatullah to consider the future which shifted her thinking about what direction the real estate industry may take.
“The meeting opened my eyes and enabled me to clearly see new possibilities and to think differently about the future of housing such as technology, dwelling sizes, and our way of life on the Capricorn Coast,” Ms Gesler said.
Cr Hutton said Council is excited by the energy that these sessions brought to the local community and that this will provide a brilliant foundation to begin to understand the possibilities that the future holds for the Capricorn Coast.
Visioning workshops are aimed at getting local business and the community thinking about how changing trends could impact the future of the Capricorn Coast region.
Professor Inayatullah has spent his working life analysing scenarios that could play out in our world, so we can plan for them. Sohail’s dynamic visioning workshops will be held on Thursday 21 February at The Strand Hotel, Yeppoon.
Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said there would be two free sessions available on the day, one targeted at local businesses and the other, the wider community.
“Prof Inayatullah will work with local businesses on the importance of Strategic Foresight by looking at the elements of how disruptions in business are changing how we do things, what alternative scenarios are emerging and how to take these visions for the future and make them a reality,” Cr Hutton said.
“These workshops are designed to create an open dialogue for business and the community, to look at emerging issues and trends that will influence our daily lives and how this might impact you, your family, your community and your industry.
“For example, did you know NASA is 3D printing meat? Years ago the first lab-grown burger cost $325,000 and there are new companies saying they may be able to drop it down to $1.50 in the future. The Professor will talk about disruptors such as the impacts of driverless cars, artificial intelligence and gene technology on our future,” Cr Hutton added.
Born in Pakistan, Sohail moved countries every two years due to his parents' work, living in Geneva, Malaysia, New York, Hawaii and Brisbane. He moved to Mooloolaba in 1999, and has authored and co-edited 24 books, addressed or conducted foresight workshops across the world, written more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and magazine pieces which have appeared in over 40 different journals.
He has a PhD in political science and macro history, the study of big patterns of change dating back thousands of years. He is an adjunct professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation and part of the International Advisory Council of the World Future Society.
The Business Workshop and Morning Tea will be held from 9am – 11am. Registrations essential. The Community Visioning Workshop will be held from 6pm to 8pm, nibbles and networking prior to event from 5.30pm. Registrations encouraged.