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Local Government Act 1993 No 30
Current version for 5 December 2019 to date (accessed 28 January 2020 at 22:36)
Part 2 Strategic planning
402 Community strategic plan
(1) Each local government area must have a community strategic plan that has been developed and endorsed by the council. A community strategic plan is a plan that identifies the main priorities and aspirations for the future of the local government area covering a period of at least 10 years from when the plan is endorsed.(2) A community strategic plan is to establish strategic objectives together with strategies for achieving those objectives.(3) The council must ensure that the community strategic plan—(a) addresses civic leadership, social, environmental and economic issues in an integrated manner, and(b) is based on social justice principles of equity, access, participation and rights, and(c) is adequately informed by relevant information relating to civic leadership, social, environmental and economic issues, and(d) is developed having due regard to the State government’s State Plan and other relevant State and regional plans of the State government.(4) The council must establish and implement a strategy (its community engagement strategy), based on social justice principles, for engagement with the local community when developing the community strategic plan.(5) Following an ordinary election of councillors, the council must review the community strategic plan before 30 June following the election. The council may endorse the existing plan, endorse amendments to the existing plan or develop and endorse a new community strategic plan, as appropriate to ensure that the area has a community strategic plan covering at least the next 10 years.(6) A draft community strategic plan or amendment of a community strategic plan must be placed on public exhibition for a period of at least 28 days and submissions received by the council must be considered by the council before the plan or amendment is endorsed by the council.(7) Within 28 days after a community strategic plan is endorsed, the council must post a copy of the plan on the council’s website and provide a copy to the Departmental Chief Executive. A copy of a community strategic plan may be provided to the Departmental Chief Executive by notifying the Minister of the appropriate URL link to access the plan on the council’s website.
403 Resourcing strategy
(1) A council must have a long-term strategy (called its resourcing strategy) for the provision of the resources required to implement the strategies established by the community strategic plan that the council is responsible for.(2) The resourcing strategy is to include long-term financial planning, workforce management planning and asset management planning.
404 Delivery program
(1) A council must have a program (its delivery program) detailing the principal activities to be undertaken by the council to implement the strategies established by the community strategic plan within the resources available under the resourcing strategy.(2) The delivery program must include a method of assessment to determine the effectiveness of each principal activity detailed in the delivery program in implementing the strategies and achieving the strategic objectives at which the principal activity is directed.(3) The council must establish a new delivery program after each ordinary election of councillors to cover the principal activities of the council for the 4-year period commencing on 1 July following the election.(4) A draft delivery program must be placed on public exhibition for a period of at least 28 days and submissions received by the council must be considered by the council before the delivery program is adopted by the council.(5) The general manager must ensure that regular progress reports are provided to the council reporting as to its progress with respect to the principal activities detailed in its delivery program. Progress reports must be provided at least every 6 months.
405 Operational plan
(1) A council must have a plan (its operational plan) that is adopted before the beginning of each year and details the activities to be engaged in by the council during the year as part of the delivery program covering that year.(2) An operational plan must include a statement of the council’s revenue policy for the year covered by the operational plan. The statement of revenue policy must include the statements and particulars required by the regulations.(3) A council must prepare a draft operational plan and give public notice of the draft indicating that submissions may be made to the council at any time during the period (not less than 28 days) that the draft is to be on public exhibition. The council must publicly exhibit the draft operational plan in accordance with the notice.(4) During the period of public exhibition, the council must have for inspection at its office (and at such other places as it may determine) a map that shows those parts of its area to which each category and sub-category of the ordinary rate and each special rate included in the draft operational plan applies.(5) In deciding on the final operational plan to be adopted, a council must consider any submissions that have been made concerning the draft plan.(6) The council must post a copy of its operational plan on the council’s website within 28 days after the plan is adopted.
406 Integrated planning and reporting guidelines
(1) The Departmental Chief Executive is to establish integrated planning and reporting guidelines (referred to in this Chapter as the guidelines) for the purposes of this Chapter.(2) The guidelines can impose requirements in connection with the preparation, development and review of, and the contents of, the community strategic plan, resourcing strategy, delivery program, operational plan, community engagement strategy, annual report and state of the environment report of a council.(3) In particular (but without limiting subsection (2)), the guidelines can impose requirements in relation to any of the following—(a) the procedures to be followed in the preparation, development or review of plans, strategies, programs and reports,(b) the matters to be addressed or provided for by plans, strategies, programs and reports,(c) requirements for consultation in connection with the preparation, development or review of plans, strategies and programs,(d) the matters to be taken into account or to which regard is to be had in connection with the preparation, development or review of plans, strategies, programs and reports.(4) A council must ensure that the requirements of the guidelines are complied with.(5) The guidelines can include other material for the guidance of councils in connection with the plans, strategies, programs and reports to which this section applies.(6) The Departmental Chief Executive may review and amend the guidelines from time to time.(7) The guidelines and any amendment of the guidelines must be posted on the Department’s website and notified in writing to each council by the Departmental Chief Executive.