Welcome to the New Year, and thank you to everyone who came along to enjoy the numerous events Council staff organised and staged over the festive season. Collectively, Magic of Christmas, Australia Day and Lunar New Year attracted approximately 73,000 people, which is just incredible.

Your attendance at these major events helps make them all the more lively and enjoyable, and we thank you for your enthusiastic support. Read on for a more comprehensive wrap-up of each of these events.

We have recently conducted 10 workshops throughout the local government area seeking feedback from community members to help us develop our Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). The LSPS will outline the 20-year vision for land use, the special characteristics that contribute to local identity, and how growth and change will be managed into the future.