|The Draft Plan was then placed on public exhibition to allow additional community input and to ensure the Plan accurately reflected community sentiment.
During 2010 Council worked on options to address the issues raised in Great Lakes 2030. We reviewed the assessment of the sustainability of Council's infrastructure and finances carried out by Professor Percy Allan in 2008 and we spent considerable time conducting a detailed assessment of the condition of Council's infrastructure assets. We also reviewed the challenges and long term strategies outlined in Great Lakes 2030 to identify the role of Council, State and Federal governments, and the community itself in achieving the community's Plan.
We then sought further input from the Great Lakes community as we developed detailed plans to address the long term community priorities, to plan a sustainable future for the Great Lakes area. In order to do this we looked at;
- our current situation
- what the community wants
- and how we can create a sustainable future.
These three issues were comprehensively analysed in a Discussion Paper and in October 2010 Council embarked on an innovative community engagement program on the issues raised. As the paper was quite detailed, we also prepared a summary version to provide a quick snapshot of the key issues and details on how the community could be involved in the community engagement process. Other key documentation utilised in the development of the Discussion Paper included Professor Percy Allan's Report, the Long Term Financial Strategy developed by MorrisonLow and Council's 2008 Community Survey results.
A further community engagement program, modelled on the successful 2010 program, was undertaken during early 2011 in association with Council's special rate variation application.
A key feature of the Plan is that it is owned by the Great Lakes community. It is not a Council plan, but Great Lakes Council has accepted the important responsibility of being the community's agent in adopting the Plan, overseeing its implementation and then reporting back to the community on progress. The Plan demands strong leadership from Council in working with others to grow our area into the future.
The 20 year community strategic plan identifies the aspirations of the Great Lakes community and provides a blueprint to guide Council and other government authorities on community priorities. Council endorsed the Plan on 19 April 2011.
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When will Great Lakes 2030 be reviewed?
Each newly elected Council will review the community's plan during the first year of their term. The review will include;
- A report from the outgoing council on the implementation and effectiveness of the community strategic plan in achieving its objectives
- A review of the information that informed the original community strategic plan
- A community engagement program which will be undertaken in accordance with a specific strategy for that engagement
In addition to this, regular reviews and reports will be made available to the community in a variety of formats as part of Council's commitment to keep the community informed of achievements in delivery of the annual operational plan, four year delivery program and overall objectives of the community's long term strategic plan, Great Lakes 2030.
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