Armidale Regional Council adopted the Community Strategic Plan 2027 at its Extraordinary Council Meeting of 17 May 2017.
Council’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said that the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) represents the highest level of strategic planning that is undertaken by a local council.
“The CSP is defined by the community and is the foundation on which all other plans developed by Council are built. It outlines the ‘vision’ of this community over the next 10 years – identifying the main priorities and aspirations of the community and providing a clear set of strategies for Council to achieve this vision of the future,” said Mr Dennis.
The plan, created via a six-month comprehensive community engagement program, sets out strategic directions and community outcomes which centre on four themes: Environment and Infrastructure; Growth, Prosperity and Economic Development; Leadership for the Region and Our People and Community.
“Each of the four themes identified in the CSP are replicated in Council’s Delivery Program and Operational Plan. This means that everything that Council does is directed by the CSP – by the community,” Mr Dennis said.
Some of the key themes that the community identified as priorities were:
Enjoying the unique culture and offerings of the region such as the openness of the environment, the friendly atmosphere, access to education and the local arts.
More needs to be done to grow and create a strong, diverse and sustainable regional economy.
Partnerships will be essential to the successful implementation of the CSP. Where Council does not have a direct responsibility, it will approach those who are responsible – working in partnership to deliver for the future of our community.
“While Council has the responsibility to facilitate development and implementation of the CSP, it’s the community who must take ownership of it,” said Mr Dennis.
“The CSP presents Council and our community with challenges in terms of boosting the economy and creating jobs, protecting the environment, building stronger communities, providing essential infrastructure and creating a stronger council. At the same time it presents great opportunities for our region.”
Published on 17 May 2017