Help Create Our Inner West

Inner West Council is inviting residents to help build a new Community Strategic Plan for the future inner west.

A Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is a vision and plan for the whole community, which sets goals for the future and informs long-term planning.

All NSW councils must have a CSP to guide all plans, policies and budgets.

The Administrator of Inner West Council Richard Pearson said he hoped the community would enthusiastically embrace the project, and provide valuable input.

“The CSP represents the highest level of strategic planning that can be undertaken by a local council,” he said.

“Everything else that Council does – the planning, the reporting, budgeting – is underpinned by the CSP.

“It’s also important to note that Council is the mere custodian of the CSP – this is a Plan that must be developed and owned by the community,” Mr Pearson said.

“And that’s why it is absolutely crucial that we take our time, and undertake a lengthy and comprehensive whole-of-community engagement process.

“Our new CSP will identify the main priorities and aspirations of our community, and provide a clear set of strategies to deliver on this vision of the future.

“I want everyone to know that Council will be providing a multitude of methods and opportunities to contribute to the process of developing the CSP,” Mr Pearson said.

In a first step towards developing the CSP, more than 1,700 community members helped develop Council’s Statement of Vision and Priorities, in late 2016.

Council is now inviting feedback on its Community Strategic Plan Issues Paper, which contains an interim Vision of six priorities, and outlines the issues, opportunities and considerations that each priority presents.

Residents can complete a short survey, which is being delivered to all households, or submit a response at www.yoursayinnerwest.com.au to any of the questions raised in the Issues Paper.

Community groups, service providers and agencies as well as individuals are encouraged to make a submission.

Council is particularly keen to hear from young people. To encourage everyone to contribute to the development of the CSP, Council is offering the chance to win a $250 voucher (for submitting a survey response), or a $50 voucher (for entering a youth photo competition).

The draft CSP will go to the upcoming elected Council for consideration. The new Councillors will then decide what further community consultation needs to be undertaken.

Go to Your Say Inner West website to find out more.

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Page last updated: 20 Nov 2018