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What is a Community Strategic Plan?


Port Macquarie-Hastings Council launched the Think 2050 Community Strategic Plan (CSP) community engagement on 4 December 2019. 

It is now time to get our community involved in helping us come up with our future vision with ideas, and actions to develop a new CSP and understand what the expectations of our changing community are. 

Think 2050 is centred on engaging with everyone in our community from those that lives, work, study, attend school or do business, as well as those that shops or visits our beautiful region. We all have an interest in our place and we all have the opportunity to Think 2050 and create our future together. 

Throughout the first half of 2020 we will be asking our community members all kinds of questions, about all kinds of things! Your ideas, suggestions and feedback will help us plan for the ongoing and future needs of everybody in our region. 

We have planned a huge variety of ways you can talk to us about your big ideas for 2050; follow our posts and participate in our online polls on Facebook and Instagram, answer our postcard ‘question of the week’, chat with us at our many ‘pop-up’ engagements around the region, register to attend the Think 2050 Symposium, or nominate to become a member of our Think 2050 roundtable sessions. Register below to hear about opportunities to get involved! 

What is a CSP?

Community 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: 29 September 2020