We're about to embark on the Long Term Plan

But first, we wanted to know how the community is doing and what they thought the important issues will be over the next 10 years.

Our Community's Well-being

As a council, one of our purposes is to promote the social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being of our district. These are often referred to as ‘the four well-beings’, and we grouped our questions into short surveys based around these themes.

Feedback has now closed. There will be a second chance to have your say when the draft Long Term Plan opens for public consultation in March 2024.

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Environmental Wellbeing

Our natural environment and its ability to sustainably support the activities for healthy community life, including air quality, fresh water, uncontaminated land and control of pollution.

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Economic Wellbeing

Our economy and its ability to generate the employment and wealth necessary to provide for our community's well-being needs, such as health, financial security and opportunities.

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Cultural Wellbeing

The shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviours and identities that make up our community, reflected through language, stories, visual and performing arts, ceremonies and heritage.

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What role should Council play?

  • Advocate - Support the community by collecting and sharing their views with government, agencies and organisations to achieve positive outcomes for the district. Minimal rates impact.

  • Influence – Educate and work to change people’s perceptions or behaviour in a way that leads to positive outcomes for the community. Minimal rates impact.

  • Support – Provide support to other agencies who lead the work. This could be through undertaking research, providing funding or bringing stakeholders together. Small to medium rates impact.

  • Plan and Resource - Take the direct lead, which may involve developing plans, consulting with community, funding, building and completing other steps to reach a desired outcome. Moderate to high rates impact.

What’s the Long-Term Plan?

The Long Term Plan (LTP) maps out the Council’s priorities and work programme for the next 10 years. It lets you know what we will be doing, how much it costs and how we intend to pay for it. Our current LTP is for 2021-2031 and can be viewed here.

Because circumstances and the community’s wishes can (and often do) change over time, we produce a new LTP every three years. Our next Long-Term Plan is due in 2024.

The feedback we’re gathering now, will let us know what issues and challenges the community views as important and help us develop a draft LTP to cover 2024-2034. Once the draft plan is ready in early 2024, it will be presented to the community for feedback before a final LTP is adopted by Council.

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