The Cook Electorate is our family and our future

The ground breaking workshop held in Weipa last week, has been hailed by the 40 participants from every corner of the electorate as a resounding success with a visionary blueprint for the Cook electorate now on its way to the State Government. In the words of Ian Adcock from Mareeba “I have been going to these workshops for years and this has been the best ever!”

This is the vision emanating from the Electorate of Cook in response to the QLD 30 year plan.

David Kempton, the Member for Cook, initiated a comprehensive survey and intensive workshop to complement the plan and reflect the uniqueness of Cook.

David Kempton said “I wanted to achieve a rich response from my electorate to the QLD plan and was humbled to receive recognition for my efforts on behalf of the electorate and of the inclusive attitude of our government”

The ground breaking workshop held in Weipa last week, has been hailed by the 40 participants from every corner of the electorate as a resounding success with a visionary blueprint for the Cook electorate now on its way to the State Government.

In the words of Ian Adcock from Mareeba “I have been going to these workshops for years and this has been the best ever!”

Peter Guiverra added: “I was overwhelmed by the level of knowledge and have learnt a lot from the people attending”

Over the past month, a survey was circulated widely throughout the electorate with 544 responses received. The survey sought input around personal values, people’s experiences of the electorate and their desires for the future.

Family, honesty, concern for future generations and community involvement are among the top personal values of the people of Cook. Their current experience includes bureaucracy, lack of co-operation and short term focus however, the electorate also sees the emergence of community engagement and environmental awareness. For the future, the community is seeking accountability, community ownership, being heard and financial stability.

The first-of-its-kind intensive two-day workshop held in Weipa on Thursday and Friday of last week, brought together over 40 representatives from every corner of the electorate,

Bernard Power of the Albatross Hotel contributed: “The workshop was an outstanding success as it reinvigorated my aspirations by displaying great unity and achieving common goals”.

Over the course of the 2 day workshop, which was designed and facilitated by Dynamic Exchange, the group including elected representatives, industry leaders and a diverse range of constituents, identified the top 5 values, what is working well and created a wish list and vision statement for the electorate.

These values included being heard, financial security, accountability, community ownership and community engagement which are a blue print for the future of Cook.

Annalise Jennings of Dynamic Exchange the facilitator said.. “I have been facilitating workshops for over 15 years around the world and was struck by the sense of family and level of commitment by the people of Cook who now have a core set of values and behaviours by which to evaluate future policy and services”.

The workshop concluded with the development of a clear direction and specific objectives for the Cook electorate, as well as a final visionary statement: “The Cook electorate is our family and our future”.

Julia Leu from Port Douglas said: “The workshop was amazing.. The networking opportunities were excellent and everyone was extremely impressed with the process, the outcomes and the way the whole workshop was organised. The facilitators were first class. There is a sense of optimism and hope for real long lasting change”

As an added bonus, the workshop provided an invaluable opportunity for networking between community, industry and government sectors, with many representatives creating relationships previously not available to them.

Wayne Butcher Mayor Lockhart River said: “This workshop has given me an opportunity to reflect on my leadership role and has done wonders for Cook by bringing together the private sector, elected representatives and service providers to sit around the table and evaluate where we are at right now and look to the future”

Over 40 aspirations were identified and aligned to the 6 themes of the QLD plan with 5 priority goals emerging, including, security of tenure, strengthening local government, businesses for all communities, partnerships and joint ventures and delivery of infrastructure and services.

Peter Scott Mayor Cook Shire Council said:” I have been in Cape York for over 20 years and l have never seen such a genuine representation of people being facilitated so well to come up with common goals. Quite inspirational”

A communication protocol was developed delivering a very clear message to government that the Cook Electorate seeks a more inclusive process of engagement.

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