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Thursday, 6 September 2018

Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028

The Your Vision for our Future – Hunters Hill Community Plan was developed in 2017/2018 through significant consultation with residents, community groups, stake holder, businesses and other government bodies.

The plan represents a vision and framework to guide the aspirations and needs of the Hunters Hill Municipality over the next 10 years. It is designed to not only articulate our foresight for the future, but also outline expected levels of service, financial responsibilities and the ability to respond to future opportunities and challenges. Most importantly, it will address the level of resources that will realistically be available to achieve these aspirations and needs.

The Plan does not exist in isolation and is supported by other more detailed plans and strategies, including a Delivery Program with a four year outlook and an operational plan with a one year outlook. This integrated framework acts as a ‘blueprint’ and encourages Council to draw the various plans together and understand how they interact to get the maximum leverage from our efforts by planning holistically for the future.

Whilst it is a State Legislative requirement to develop this plan, Council’s role within this process was to provide the platform for the community to have ‘their say’ and document their responses. These valuable contributions strengthened Council’s partnership with all stake holders and endorsed the distinctive and beneficial role of all partners involved.

This plan should be considered as the basis of our impending prosperity and empower the community to take collective action and responsibility in creating a stronger more connected community.

Between June 2017 and March 2018 a comprehensive engagement process was implemented to inform, consult, involve, collaborate and empower the community to shape the future direction of Hunters Hill Municipality. Through this process Council endeavoured to learn from the community and increase our knowledge of what is important to you!

The engagement strategy was designed to ensure we heard from a wide range of perspectives, age groups, cultures, locations and special interest groups. The response was overwhelming and represented the most successful community engagement process Council has ever undertaken.

Whilst ‘reaching out’ to our community is somewhat more accessible in today’s society due to the use of social media, other innovative and effective consultation systems were used to capture collective ideas which will benefit the whole community. The approach was to inspire the community through their own personal experiences and for Council to take a ‘speak less, listen more approach. These included:

  • Your Voice OnLine survey
  • Your Voice Reply Paid Postcard Survey
  • Youth Survey
  • School workshops
  • Social Media posts
  • Focus Groups
  • Advertisements in local newspapers
  • Council Newsletters
  • Message from the Mayor
  • Major local events hosted by Council
  • Phone Surveys
  • Web Feedback
  • Community Satisfaction Survey
  • Councillor Feedback

A set of reoccurring key directions arose from the engagement process and have formed the building blocks of our five themes and associated goals and strategies that will guide Hunters Hill into the year 2030:

  • Making Getting Around Easier
  • Focus on the Community
  • Manage and Preserve our Environment
  • Leadership and Governance
  • Maintain Character & Manage Growth Planning

The enthusiasm, interest and input shown from the community has inspired Council to use this experience as a benchmark for all future engagement processes. The #Your Voice model has been developed in a way that allows its expansion and application across various Council applications. The model highlighted visionary thinking and bringing about change, instead of management processes.

Evaluating the engagement process has been a rewarding experience for all involved. Primarily this has been captured by the number of participants, the quality of the feedback received and the attitude, knowledge and behaviour brought about by being a part of this process. As a result of this the Hunters Hill CSP truly represents #YourVoice.

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