Wingecarribee Shire Council is seeking comment from the community after councillors endorsed a collection of draft community planning and budgeting documents at last week’s Council Meeting.
Included in the documents are the Community Strategic Plan, Resourcing Strategy, Delivery Program and Operational Plan. Also included within the collection is the 2017/18 Budget and Revenue Policy which includes this year’s proposed Fees and Charges.
Wingecarribee Shire Council General Manager Ann Prendergast explained the importance of the draft integrated planning and reporting documents.
“The Community Strategic Plan in particular is one of Council’s key documents which helps identify our community’s priorities,” she said. “And it was our Shire’s residents who subsequently helped determine these priorities.”
As part of the review of the Community Strategic Plan, more than 740 people were involved in listing the Shire’s priorities and aspirations and detailing how these will be achieved.
“Together, all of these documents foreshadow our upcoming works and help us to allocate the financial, physical and human resources to meet these projects,” Ms Prendergast said.
“They list both the works we will undertake this coming financial year and also the projects we will undertake over the longer term.
Seven key priorities have been subsequently detailed within the Delivery Program and include:
- Responsible Financial Management
- Improving our community assets (including roads, drainage and community buildings)
- Protecting our natural environment
- Delivery of significant infrastructure projects (including Mittagong Pool, Bowral Memorial Hall, Station Street and Berrima Road projects)
- Better service alignment and delivery
- Business transformation to help alleviate red tape
- Community wellbeing
“As part of our four-year Delivery Program, Council will commit to these seven strategic priorities to ensure our Shire is an even better place to live, work and visit,” Ms Prendergast said.
All documents are a requirement of the Local Government Act 1993 which requires Council to review its suite of community planning and budgeting documents within the first year of a new term of Council.
The draft documents will be on exhibition from Friday 28 April until Sunday 28 May 2017.
The documents can be viewed online at www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au or at Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre and at Council’s libraries.
Feedback and submissions can be made via:
- email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- complete an online submission form at yoursaywingecarribee.com.au
- in writing addressed to the General Manager at;
PO Box 141,
Moss Vale, NSW 2577
All feedback and submissions must be made by midnight Sunday 28 May 2017.
“We invite all of our residents to provide us with feedback, because ultimately, these documents will help to set the future agenda of our Shire,” Ms Prendergast added.