Does North Sydney mean the whole local government area?
Yes. Reference to North Sydney includes all suburbs within the North Sydney local government area (LGA) including Cammeray, Cremorne, Cremorne Point, Kirribilli, Kurraba Point. Lavender Bay, McMahons Point, Milsons Point, Neutral Bay, North Sydney, Waverton and Wollstonecraft. We want to hear your vision or ideas for improving either parts of the LGA or the LGA was a whole.
What is the Community Strategic Plan?
The Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is a long term, whole-of-community strategic plan that all councils must develop on behalf of their communities. The CSP, which must be prepared and adopted after each local government election, identifies the future vision for an area, reflecting the values and aspirations of its community for at least the next 10 years.
Who is the Community Strategic Plan for?
The Community Strategic Plan is for the whole North Sydney community - residents, ratepayers, businesses, workers, schools, visitors, other levels of government, government agencies and community organisations and neighbouring councils.
Why do we need to review the Community Strategic Plan?
Besides the legislative requirement to review the Community Strategic Plan, it provides the opportunity to refresh the Plan to ensure it still reflects the community’s values and aspirations.
When will the new Community Strategic Plan come into effect?
The NSW Government requires that a new Community Strategic Plan be prepared and adopted by the council, elected in September 2017, by 30 June 2018. The new plan will take effect from 1 July 2018.
Will all suggestions be adopted in the Plan?
The simplest answer is - it depends… on available money, available human resources and how many other people in the community agree with the suggestion.
It’s fair to say that a large proportion of suggestions will be included - but some suggestions are likely to be beyond the capabilities of Council, other levels of government, or the community to deliver.
However, that should not stop people making suggestions. Much of the Community Strategic Plan is aspirational, and if enough members of the community share those aspirations they should be included in the plan.
How will the Plan be implemented?
Council will play a number of roles in working towards the vision. In some cases, Council will be a provider or leader, in other cases if may fund, advocate, regulate, form partnerships or monitor progress.
Council will respond to the plan by creating its own three year delivery program as a companion document to the community strategic plan. The delivery program contains actions and activities that need to be undertaken to realise the community strategic plan’s outcomes. The delivery program’s activities are allocated to Council’s departments and are published annually in Council’s operational plan.
Council is not responsible for delivering every outcome and strategy of the Plan. We all have a role in delivery.
If you or your organisation, community group or committee want to help to achieve the North Sydney community’s vision, you can do the following:
- clarify the role your organisation, community group or committee will adopt under appropriate outcomes and strategies
- identify initiatives which your organisation, community group or committee is interested in promoting relating to the outcomes and strategies
- check your organisation’s strategic plan to see where a closer fit with the community strategic plan is possible
- consider ideas and projects you could undertake to achieve our community’s aspirations.