Legislation dictates that Council establish a number of plans upon which it relies for future decision making. Many of these can be viewed and printed from the above table. Two of Council's key planning documents are the Corporate Plan and the Operational Plan.
The Corporate Plan is a one year rolling plan and a detailed road map for the Region, which identifies the projects, operations and services which the Council will implement during the life of the Corporate Plan. The Corporate Plan, in conjunction with the Strategic Financial Plan, will set the Council's resource and budgeting priorities for the life of the Corporate Plan. Councillors are provided with a quarterly update on the Corporate Plan.
The Corporate Plan translates the community's vision into actionable programs deliverable by Council. It articulates how Council will implement a five year period of the Community Plan in those areas that it carries responsibility for (as opposed to the other areas of the Community Plan where responsibility lies with other government agencies or organisations). Council's Corporate Plan also defines the outcome measures that it will use to demonstrate progress towards achieving the vision outlined in the Community Plan. These measures are reported against through Council's Annual Report.
The Corporate Plan is defined in accordance with the globally recognised sustainability framework of Quadruple Bottom Line (QBL), which focuses on the goals of economic sustainability, environmental sustainability, social sustainability and responsible governance. The Plan is adopted prior to the start of the first financial year covered by the plan and reviewed on an annual basis.
Council's 2018-2023 Corporate Plan (adopted 16 May, 2018) is available for inspection at its Customer Service Centres and Libraries, as well as online here. A fee is charged for copies of the Corporate Plan printed and released to members of the public.
The Operational Plan links Council's strategic directions (set out in the Corporate Plan) to the projects, initiatives and ongoing activities to be delivered for a particular financial year, and funded through Council's annual budget. The plan is comprised of a number of key activities and outputs which Council is committed to delivering over a financial year. Council is required to report quarterly on the progress of all operational activities to ensure financial responsibility and the sustainability of our Region and community assets.
Progress on the implementation of the Operational Plan is measured using a suite of performance measures and reported quarterly through the Corporate Performance Report, by the Chief Executive Officer to Council.
Council's 2018-2019 Operational Plan, adopted 26 June, 2018, is available here.
Quarterly Corporate Performance Reports are prepared to measure performance against Council's Corporate and Operational Plan, and tabled for Council. The September 2017 Report on Council's progress on implementing the 2017-18 Operational Plan is available here.
PDF Documents can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for free here.