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“I’m excited” was the first comment from Whitsunday Regional Council Deputy Mayor John Collins when a Mayoral Minute for a Proserpine Master Plan was introduced at today’s council meeting.
Mayor Andrew Willcox moved a Mayoral Minute that “Council undertakes a comprehensive Proserpine Sustainability and Future Growth Master Plan of the Proserpine township area including the Peter Faust Dam/Lake Proserpine, and that in creating the Proserpine Sustainability and Future Growth Master Plan that extensive community input into the master plan be undertaken.”
The motion was carried unanimously by all Councillors and Mayor Willcox stressed that extensive community consultation was a key factor.
“Council plans to inform, engage and collaborate with experts, individuals, businesses, groups and the wider community to ensure we identify and capture their ideas and vision,” Cr Willcox said.
“Since becoming Mayor I have engaged with a large section of the Proserpine community who individually had a number of excellent ideas in terms of creating economic stimulus to the town,” he said.
“Many also put forward their views on how council can improve a number of elements within the Proserpine community including parking, drainage, activation of the recreational vehicle (RV) opportunities and tourist and local attractions such as a water park.
“These are all ideas which I know the Divisional Councillor and Deputy Mayor, John Collins, is passionate about.
“All in all there are a lot of opportunities and risks involved with adapting and enhancing Proserpine to maintain the unique culture that defines this country town and ensure the future is bright.
Commending the Mayor on the initiative, Cr Collins said he understood that Rome was not built in a day but that council needed to lead and explore all opportunities.
“The proactive decisions we make today ensure a bright future for not only Proserpine but also our community and future generations.”