If it were being organised by anyone else, a recent regional forum aimed at improving western NSW would have been a one-hit wonder.
But the forum, which took place in Dubbo last year, was just the first glimpse of a vision of regional co-operation held by one man, Roger Fletcher.
The forum was seen as a resounding success by the hordes that attended and now the next round of meetings will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mr Fletcher has divided submissions from the original meeting and formed six taskforces to tackle the main infrastructure issues affecting the west.
While participants have already elected which committee they’ll work within, chairpersons will be selected at these meetings, and newcomers are still welcome.
In true Fletcher style, the committee meetings are “not designed for whingeing” but are aimed at setting down “real achievable goals going into the future,” Mr Fletcher said.
The three-hour committee meetings will be held at the Dubbo RSL, and spread over the two days.
Tuesday’s meetings will focus on education, health and law and order, and Wednesday’s on industry, transport and conservation.
Mr Fletcher was buoyant at the prospect of developing a viable, long-term plan for the area.
“It’s incredible, because if you ask the State and federal government, they don’t have a plan,” he said.
“That’s why we’re not going to involve Dawn Fardell and John Cobb at the moment. We will go to the politicians eventually, but not yet. First we need an achievable set of goals.”
He said he wanted each committee to set out three goals they believed were achievable, in order of priority for the region. However he also understands that there will be no change for regional infrastructure without money to do it.
“Everybody has been asked to include in their submission some ideas about how to save the government money in the sector they’re working on,” he said.
But he’s keen to remind politicians “that they are employed by us, the people of NSW”.
“Not the other way around,” he smiled.
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