Heritage, tourism and sense of community were main issues raised at the Cabonne Council Community Strategic Plan (CSP) forum on Wednesday October 13. Residents were given the chance to have a say on the future of Canowindra and Cabonne at the planning session.
Canowindra Business Chamber and Progress Association (CBCPA) Chair Antonio D’Onise said Cabonne Council regards Canowindra as a jewel in the region’s crown, and wants to ensure we get what we deserve.
“There was concern regarding degradation of heritage and having assistance to maintain it going forward,” he said. It’s not only the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism that was raised.
“Tourism has lots of benefits by maintaining our cultural sites,” Mr D’Onise said. “Especially back to Devonian times through to Wiradjuri and modern times too.”
Access to services is another essential feature residents want to see maintained or improved, including healthcare and aged care facilities. “Residents wish to have a strong sense of community. They are concerned about the exclusion of some people in this,” he said.
There was a positive response to what can make us prosperous as a community. He said where business owners can lever-age opportunity, be it tourism or other development, it will increase the population.
“Now we’re seeing more families move to the region with real estate in the regional area such as Orange at high prices, people are moving here,” Mr D’Onise said.
This trend contributes to the largest population demographic being young families.
This could lead to the need for amenities such as schools.
“Our generation needs to be active. Highlight what young families want to get involved in the community. It’s time to provide feedback on how they can be received,” he said.
Those who want to include their input can head to the Council’s website or get in touch with the CBCPA.