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Community Strategic Plan - Think 2050

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Imagine2050 is the culmination of the extensive Think2050 community engagement which sought to understand our community’s priorities and aspirations for the future through a range of different activities and opportunities over a 15 month period between 2019 and 2021. Thank you to all the people and organisations who contributed their time, energy and ideas to the development of Imagine2050, Port Macquarie Hastings Community Strategic Plan.

Imagine2050 is the roadmap devised by our community for the future of the Port Macquarie Hastings region and defines our community’s vision and provides a description of the route we need to take to reach this vision, without being prescriptive about the itinerary on how to get there. Deliberately ambitious, Imagine2050 seeks to capture the aspirations of our community while also providing a flexible blueprint for action that remains relevant over the next decade. Imagine2050 is one of the most important planning documents for the Port Macquarie Hastings region and we invite you to have a read and let us know what you think.


What is a CSP?

The CSP is the community’s plan, prepared by Council on behalf of the entire community it represents. The plan reflects the aspirations and priorities of our community into the future. It sets a direction for everything we must do together as a council and a community to make that vision a reality.

The plan sits at the top of Council’s strategic planning framework and provides long-term direction for the organisation to align its delivery of the community’s policies, programs and services. The CSP integrates with key Council plans and policies and acts as a guide for other stakeholders (organisations, government agencies, business and individuals) in planning and delivering services for our area. The plan also responds to state, metropolitan and regional plans and priorities relevant to the Port Macquarie-Hastings region. 

Why do we need a Community Strategic Plan?

Under legislation, NSW Councils are required to develop a CSP so that council and community are working in the same direction. Council’s four year Delivery Plan and annual Operational Plan flows from the CSP.

The Plan also provides a way for Council to be accountable to the community and the State Government by reporting annually on its implementation.

The Strategic Community Plan is not static. A full review is required every four years with a minor review every two years.

Who owns the Community Strategic Plan?

The Plan is owned by the whole community. Council is the custodian of the Plan on behalf of the community.

How will the Plan be developed?

The CSP is developed through consultation with our community. This work began in 2019 and will continue through until early 2021. Our Council team will be out in the community at public events, schools, meetings and forums.

Input from our community has also been gained through the creation of Community Plans; outcomes from other recent council consultations; state and regional plans; Australian Bureau of Statistics data; and consultation outcomes with various community networks and groups.

Whose responsibility is it to implement the plan?

The responsibility for making the long-term community vision a reality rests with us all. Council looks forward to working in close collaboration with our community, key partners and stakeholders in making our region an even better place to live, visit and invest.

How can I get involved?

There will be a variety of ways to get involved including Round Table Discussion events, a Future Forum, the Have Your Say section of Council’s website, an online survey, pop-up events and static displays at various community locations.

<strong">The development of our Community Strategic Plan relies on your input, ideas, suggestions and feedback, so what are you thinking for 2050?</strong">

This page was last updated on: 02 August 2021