What is the Community Strategic Plan and why do we need it?

The Community Strategic Plan is the community’s long-term plan for Lake Macquarie City. It forms part of the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework, which allows councils to draw their various plans together, understand how they interact and plan holistically for the future.

It is through this plan that we identify our regional priorities, future aspirations and partner with community, business and government agencies to create the City desired by our community.

What is the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework?

The Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework (see figure below) allows councils to draw their various plans together, understand how they interact and plan holistically for the future.

Under this framework, all councils are required to deliver a suite of strategic documents. These are:
  • Community Strategic Plan (long term community plan)
  • Four year Delivery Program and yearly Operational Plan (contained in the same document)
  • Resourcing Strategy


What is the draft Operational Plan 2017-2018 and Fees and Charges 2017-2018?

All councils are required to develop an annual plan that lists the actions they will undertake during the year to achieve their strategic goals, which are aligned with the priorities identified by the community in the long-term community plan (known as the Community Strategic Plan).

Once adopted, the Operational Plan for 2017-2018 and Fees and Charges 2017-2018, will guide our actions and work for the next financial year. These documents allow Council to monitor its performance to make sure we are achieving our communities aspirations in a cost-effective way.

What projects are proposed to be undertaken in 2017-2018?

In a snapshot, the capital works include:

  • $30 million on road surfacing and upgrades

  • $19.72 million on our parks and playgrounds including construction of the Cameron Park recreation area and upgrades to Speers Point Park

  • $4.74 million on construction and upgrade of local sporting facilities

  • $4.65 million on traffic and transport improvements such as speed humps, school crossings and streetscape works

  • $2.13 million on community building upgrades

What's happens next?

We will review all feedback to finalise the suite of draft plans. The revised plans will be presented to Council for adoption in late June.