Joondalup 2022 endorsed by council, residents

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JOONDALUP council has endorsed the City’s highest-level plan after undergoing an extensive review process.

Joondalup 2022 provides strategic direction for all services and activities the City delivers as well as guidance towards future targets.

Community consultation was conducted last year with information packages distributed to 3000 randomly selected residents, ratepayers and parliamentarians.

The City collected 414 valid responses, with 54.3 per cent agreeing the City’s current vision remained relevant, while 21.5 per cent disagreed, 22.2 per cent were unsure and 1.9 per cent did not respond.

The majority also considered the plan’s aspirational outcomes and objectives were ‘moderately’ or ‘extremely’ relevant and they rated the theme of financial sustainability as the highest priority.

“All consultation phases completed have demonstrated the strategic community plan remains relevant to community and stakeholder aspirations, and as such, only minor amendments are suggested,” the April 17 council document said.

These included changes to reflect the completion of projects and priorities, the inclusion of new council-endorsed projects and a minor change in emphasis to the economic prosperity, vibrancy and growth theme.

Several challenges identified when the plan was developed in 2012 remain relevant today, including increasing the vibrancy in the Joondalup city centre through increased employment and residential density and ensuring services and infrastructure are appropriate for an ageing population.

New challenges have also been outlined such as the economic climate and decrease in government grant funding opportunities, greater scrutiny and oversight by the State Government of local government governance activities and introduction of high density codes in some residential areas.

Mayor Albert Jacob said the City of Joondalup had come a long way over the past 20 years.

“Home to 161,000 residents, Joondalup remains home to a highly active, connected and engaged community and the revised strategic community plan maintains a strong emphasis on enhancing the liveability of our City,” he said.

“The City has renewed its commitment as a progressive and ambitious local government, driven by a vision it shares with its community as a bold, creative and prosperous City that is internationally connected and recognised.

“Joondalup 2022 will drive our relatively young City forward on the next leg of its exciting journey.”

Local governments are required to conduct a major review of their strategic community plan once every four years.

The plan will undergo another major review in 2020-21 when the progress achieved over the plan’s life will be presented to the council and the process for developing a new plan will start.

A comprehensive review of the Joondalup performing arts centre project will also be undertaken with a further report to be submitted to the council.

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