Like all NSW councils, we are required to develop short, medium and long term plans under the NSW Integrated Planning and Reporting framework. We must also consider NSW government proposals that affect local government.
A community strategic plan is the highest level plan that a council and its community will prepare. Our Community Strategic Plan's purpose is to identify our community's main priorities and aspirations for the future and plan strategies to achieve these goals.
Our Delivery Program 2017-21 sets out activities that we will complete in the four year Council-term, and our Operational Plan shows the actions, projects and capital works we will deliver within the financial year. Together, the Delivery Program and Operational Plan show what Council will do in order to meet the community's vision set out in the Community Strategic Plan.
Council plans for our community, then reports on its implementation of these plans. Our major reporting takes place through Annual Reports, Quarterly Performance Reports, and End of Term Reports.
We prepare strategies to help guide Council activities and inform decision-making in order to meet the community's needs into the future. Council's strategies cover a range of areas including economic development, infrastructure and community assets, and service delivery.
Fit for the Future is the NSW Government's response to the Independent Local Government Review Panel's Revitalising Local Government report, which recommends a new agenda for local government and ways the state can work with it to improve the wellbeing of communities.
NSW councils follow the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework established by the Office of Local Government. The framework allows us to draw key plans and strategies together to plan holistically for our community. This diagram illustrates the IP&R framework: