Bassendean councillors defer passing draft community plan

Bassendean councillors defer passing draft community plan

BASSENDEAN council delayed passing its 2017-2027 draft strategic community plan until after next week’s councillor workshop at a special meeting last night.

With five ratepayers in the gallery, concerns over the measures of success, the upcoming 2016 Census release and the plan’s themes were raised.

According to an officer’s report, the plan was based on the long-term development of the Town and would change the way the annual budget was developed.

The new plan, which was developed with themes including social, economic, built environment, natural environment and good governance, is set to be reviewed every four years.

Measures of success included community satisfaction with the Town’s environmental management, community satisfaction with transport and roads, dollars spent on investments and improving level of trust in the Town.

In July 2016, a marketing company developed a survey that was distributed to all residences and online where it gathered 1200 responses.

Town corporate services director Michael Costarella said council needed to pass the plan first before the corporate business plan and the budget could be adopted.

Chief executive Bob Jarvis said there was a time constraint on passing the plan.

“We wish to do it in a timely manner, so we can progress through,” he said.

“The timeframe is what the councillor’s wanted.”

Bassendean resident Kathryn Hamilton said council should defer its decision until the 2016 Census report was released on June 27, so there could be new statistics added into the plan.

However, Mayor John Gangell said the 2016 Census would not be as fulfilling as the previous Census.

Bassendean resident Anni Macbeth said key performance indicators should be included in the plan’s measures of success.

The plan will be reconsidered at the next council meeting in June.

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