The Community Strategic Plan 2025 has identified the need to develop Village Improvements Plans for the rural village communities in the Lithgow Local Government Area.
The aim of the plans is to develop a strategic direction for the future of the villages. The plans will
- Build on the strengths of the rural village communities and help to grow community capacity.
- Guide decision making on services and service standards and how community assets are managed into the future.
- Promote economic development and tourism opportunity.
- Identify and promote natural and cultural heritage.
- Build social capital.
- Identify opportunities for corporate, state and federal funding.
The development of Village Plans requires long-term thinking – we can’t do everything at once, but these plans will give us a path to follow, setting a framework for the Council and the rural village communities to work together to build a brighter future.
As the caretakers of the plans, Council will monitor results, implement change in areas Council controls and speak up for the community on the broader issues.
In 2014-2016, Council has been working with the community of Hartley to develop a Village Improvements Plan.
Hartley Valley’s Response
In response to a survey sent out by Lithgow Council in late 2014 & early 2015, Council formulated a Draft Improvement Plan for the Hartley Valley, and requested that the local community make comment on their proposals. The Hartley District Progress Association, in consultation with those who responded to this request have forwarded the following documents to Council in May 2016.
Council re Hartley Improvement Plan response This is in the form of a letter addressed to Matthew Johnson, Manager of Community & Culture of Lithgow City Council.
LCC Action Plan draft This document shows the Council’s listing of items determined by the survey respondents of 2014, with their comments, and with additional comment by the HDPA in further consultation with community members.