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Our Community : Our Future


What is Integrated Planning & Reporting?

All councils in NSW are required to develop an Integrated Planning & Reporting (IPR) Framework under legislative requirements prescribed in the NSW Local Government Act. This framework has been put in place to encourage councils, the community and other organisations to work together to plan for the future in an efficient and collaborative manner.  The IPR has five main components:

  1. Community Strategic Plan
  2. Delivery Program and Operational Plan
  3. Resourcing Strategy
  4. Annual Report
  5. End of Term Report

Community Strategic Plan

Our Community…Our Future is Ballina Shire Council’s Community Strategic Plan and sits above all other council plans and policies in the planning hierarchy.  

The CSP identifies the community’s main priorities and aspirations for the future to promote a positive lifestyle and improve the amenity for our residents and visitors.

Council will use this document to guide and inform their decision making and planning for at least the next ten years.

While council has a custodial role in initiating, preparing and maintaining the CSP on behalf of the Ballina Shire, it is not wholly responsible for its implementation. Other partners, such as state agencies and community groups may also be engaged in delivering the long term objectives of the Plan.

The CSP is deliberately broad in scope. Specific items, services or activities of Council are not contained in the CSP, but rather are outlined in the Delivery Program & Operational Plan (combined document).

Delivery Program & Operational Plan (combined document)

This is the point where the directions outlined in the CSP are systematically translated into actions. The Delivery Program & Operational Plan (combined document) is designed as a single point of reference for all key activities to be undertaken by the Council during their elected term.

This document is reviewed annually with Council receiving progress reports every quarter.

Resourcing Strategy

The Resourcing Strategy will not be achieved without sufficient resources – time, money, assets and people – to actually carry them out. The Resourcing Strategy has three components:

  • Long Term Financial Planning
  • Workforce Management Planning
  • Asset Management Planning.

The Resourcing Strategy assists Council to translate the outcomes identified in the CSP, for which it is responsible, into actions. Some issues will be the responsibility of Council, some will be the responsibility of other levels of government and some will rely on input from community groups or individuals.

Annual Report

The Annual Report focuses on our implementation of the Delivery Program & Operational Plan (combined document). The report also includes some information that is prescribed by the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005. This information has been included in the Regulation to help community members understand how council has been performing both as a business entity and a community leader.

End of Term Report

Councils are required every four years to produce an End of Term Report on the progress in implementing the Community Strategic Plan. The Report covers the term of office for an elected council.

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