City looks to future

New Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club general manager Gerry O'Dea took part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout recently. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d403076
New Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club general manager Gerry O'Dea took part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout recently. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d403076

Council members unanimously adopted the 10-year strategic community plan on June 25, meeting the State Government’s requirement that all local governments have an integrated planning and reporting framework by June 30.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the plan was the result of extensive consultation in the ‘Thinking ahead’ marketing campaign, where elected members walked around neighbourhoods in fluoro shirts.

‘The strategic community plan ‘Building a Future Together 2013-14 to 2022-23′ articulates the community aspirations, with specific strategies that provided an opportunity to revisit the overarching vision, objectives and strategies of the previous strategic plan,’ Mrs Roberts said.

‘The corporate business plan clearly details the City’s priorities: essentially it (puts into operation) the strategic community plan and becomes a delivery plan that aims to provide transparency and greater accountability by informing the community of the City’s commitments.

‘It is at the heart of the integrated planning and reporting framework and takes into account all other components, including the workforce plan, assets management plans, ICT strategic plan and the long-term financial plan.

‘The continuous improvement will have implications across a range of policies and it is designed to clearly establish an organisation that is geared to the requirements of servicing a much larger community.’

At the previous briefing session, the City’s corporate strategy and performance director John Paton said the 10-year plan outlined the aspirations of the community as the population increased from 175,000 residents to nearly 250,000.

‘We will be the largest local government (in Perth) when we look at renewing this plan,’ Mr Paton said.

‘This is a unique growth rate.’