The Community Strategy Plan describes the community’s vision and aspirations for a period of ten of or more years.

Creation of the CSP is led by the Mayor and Councillors and through engagement with the community. This is the community’s plan for its future. Council will have a custodial role in engaging, refining and preparing the plan on behalf of its community.  As it is possible the community will identify aspirations that are not council’s full responsibility role to implement, council may need to partner with state government agencies and community groups to deliver the plan.

Key requirements:

  • The plan must be for a minimum of 10 years
  • Identify community priorities and aspirations
  • Includes a vision, strategic objectives and strategies to achieve those objectives
  • Must address the quadruple bottom line: social, environmental, economic and civic leadership issues
  • Based on social justice principles: equity, access, participation and rights
  • Give due consideration to the State Plan and other relevant state and regional plans
  • The community must be engaged in the development of the plan in line with the Community engagement strategy created for the purpose.
  • Must be endorsed by council after being on public exhibition for at least 28 days.

community strategic plan diagram

The Community Strategic Plan addresses four key questions for the community:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want to be in ten years’ time?
  • How will we get there?
  • How will we know when we have arrived?

The implementation of the CSP is supported by a suite of integrated plans that include actions to support the strategies identified in the CSP.

Delivery program – 4 year plan that sets out the strategies from the CSP that will be priorities for the current council term

Operational plan – annual plan containing detailed actions from the Delivery program

Resourcing strategy – a suite of 3 key plans that support the implementation of the CSP

  • Long term financial plan
  • Workforce management plan
  • Asset management plan

At the end of each council term a report is provided to the community outlining progress towards the achievement of outcomes identified in the Community Strategic Plan.

Reporting requirements including the Annual Plan and End of Term report are set out here.

As the highest level strategic plan council will develop It is recommended that council uses a multi-disciplinary team to manage and implement the integrated planning process. More detail can be find in the Integrated Planning and Reporting Manual.

The Quadruple Bottom Line