Joondalup residents asked for feedback on big strategic community plan

Like it? Hate it? Meh? The City of Joondalup wants feedback on its strategic plan.
Like it? Hate it? Meh? The City of Joondalup wants feedback on its strategic plan.

THE City of Joondalup wants residents to give feedback on its highest level strategic community plan.

According to last month’s council document, the plan aims to “identify the community’s main priorities and aspirations for the future and to establish strategies to achieve agreed objectives”.

Under local government regulations, the Strategic Community Plan 2012-2022 has undergone a major review, which has included feedback from elected members, key City stakeholders including North Metropolitan Tafe, Joondalup Health Campus, Edith Cowan University and WA Police Academy and community representatives.

Governance and strategy director Jamie Parry said the review included assessing the ongoing relevance of the plan’s strategic direction, vision and values, evaluating objectives and initiatives by highlighting major achievements since the plan’s development, providing a progress update against “transformational projects” and updating the City’s key performance indicators.

“Feedback to date indicates the plan does remain relevant and no significant changes have been recommended, with the exception of the deletion of those transformational projects that have now been delivered and the addition of new transformational projects,” he said.

Some identified challenges include increasing the vibrancy in the city centre through increased employment and residential density, ensuring services and infrastructure are appropriate for an ageing population, a decrease in government grant funding opportunities and protecting the character of existing streetscapes.

Some major achievements include the community wellbeing survey, developing a climate change strategy, construction of the Reid Promenade multi-storey carpark, Currambine Community Centre and Warwick Hockey Centre, expansion of Warwick Stadium and establishment of the Kaleidoscope festival and Tri-Cities Alliance.

At the council briefing, Cr John Chester asked if the Tri-Cities Alliance between the cities of Joondalup, Wanneroo and Stirling was “still active and functioning effectively”.

Mayor Troy Pickard said the City of Wanneroo had recently been “spending its energies” on the National Growth Areas Alliance “rather than the TriCities Alliance”.

“(Stirling) Mayor Giovanni (Italiano) and myself have been talking about potential partnership opportunities between our two cities,” Mr Pickard said.

“Whilst there’s not a strategic overview of the three cities like we executed for a number of years due to Wanneroo’s absence, we are still rolling out and engaging with them on joint initiatives such as the homeless strategy, economic development and tourism.”

The draft plan will be advertised for community consultation from August 14 to September 4 at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au.

Cr Philippa Taylor said she hoped residents would make the time to take part.

“We need to hear from all people in all walks of life across all interest groups,” she said.

Mr Pickard said the plan would “continue to play a vital role in enhancing the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of the City for years to come”.

“The plan maintains a strong emphasis on enhancing the liveability of Joondalup, improving transport and connectivity, celebrating and maintaining our natural assets, increasing local job opportunities and creating an engaged and inclusive community.

“There are still many exciting developments on the horizon that will further enhance the vitality and vibrancy of Joondalup and the region, vastly increasing the number of people who visit Joondalup for work, retail and commercial purposes.”

Following consultation, the plan will be presented back to the council for adoption.