Community Strategic Plan

The Inner West Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is called Our Inner West 2036.

The CSP identifies the community’s vision for the future, long-term goals, strategies to get there and how to measure progress towards that vision.

Our Inner West 2036 – Community Strategic Plan (PDF 10.9MB)


Our Inner West 2036:

  • Informs the strategic decision-making that will shape our future community and environment

  • Protects and enhances the community’s values and everything that makes Inner West unique

  • Paves the way for the future by anticipating change and the impacts of that change on the community, economy and environment

  • Achieves inclusivity, sustainability, accountability and innovation in service delivery

The development of Our Inner West 2036 involved thousands of people who participated through a series of engagement activities in 2016 and 2017.


Working together

As a high-level vision for the community, Our Inner West 2036 includes both areas Council has direct control over and those which are the responsibility of other stakeholders - such as governments, state agencies, non-government organisations, community groups and individuals.

For Council, the CSP is the leading component of the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework. The framework is mandated for all NSW councils by the State Government. This requires councils to demonstrate how they will deliver aspects of the CSP through a detailed four year Delivery Program and annual Operational Plan.


Community Vision Statement

"We are Inner West, land of the Gadigal and Wangal peoples, whose rich cultures, heritage and history we acknowledge and respect. We are defined by our diversity of people, places and ideas. We are an inclusive, vibrant, caring and progressive community where everyone is welcome, people and nature live in harmony, and creativity is a way of life."


Guiding Principle

The Community Strategic Plan is structured around a guiding principle:

To work together in a way that is creative, caring and just

This reflects the values of the Inner West community, underpins community expectations of how Council will interact with its residents and is the foundation for all decision-making, actions taken and management of resources.


Strategic directions

The CSP is structured under five strategic directions. These are big picture results which the community would like Council and its many partners to focus on achieving.

Our Inner West 2036 strategic directions diagram

To read all outcomes and strategies that support these strategic directions, download the full Our Inner West 2036 – Community Strategic Plan (PDF 10.9MB)

Strategic Direction 1: An ecologically sustainable Inner West

Where we want to be in 2036:

Inner West is a zero emissions community. We generate our own clean and 100% renewable energy. We are zero waste with a vibrant share economy. We are water sensitive and rich with biodiversity. Our waterways are clean, swimmable and brimming with wildlife.

We show energetic leadership in collectively addressing climate change. People live sustainably because it's easy to do. We work together on complex urban environmental issues and develop creative solutions through collaboration, partnerships and education.

We enjoy the benefits that our healthy ecosystems provide the human environment – like fresh, clean air, trees, water and food.

Strategic Direction 2: Unique, liveable, networked neighbourhoods

Where we want to be in 2036:

Inner West is the most liveable place in Greater Sydney. Most services and needs can be accessed within 15 minutes. Moving around our network of neighbourhoods is cool, quick, convenient and enjoyable.

Each of our neighbourhoods has a unique inner city urban vibe. Our heritage and culture – a mix of old and new – is visible and valued Inner West is affordable for all.

People connect through ideas, technology, transport and the places they call home – enjoying a diversity of people, places, housing and experiences. 

Strategic Direction 3: Creative communities and a strong economy

Where we want to be in 2036:

Inner West is the creative and cultural engine room of Sydney – bringing a wealth of experience and employment to the city.

We are home to artists, musicians, writers, studios, galleries, creative industries, artist-run initiatives, academics, theatres and festivals. We are an incubator for new ideas, at the forefront of using new technologies to support and grow a diverse and thriving local economy.

Our residents, workers and visitors enjoy food, music, the arts, recreation, diverse shopping experiences and interesting places that are vibrant, inspiring and pleasurable. 

Strategic Direction 4: Caring, happy, healthy communities

Where we want to be in 2036:

We have a strong sense of social justice. We see our diversity as an asset. Everyone is valued and accepted for who they are, and supported to participate in community life. We are resilient in the face of adversity and change. We keep each other and ourselves safe. We collaborate with each other and create meaningful partnerships.

We are active and healthy people with access to the services and spaces we need for recreation for our mental and physical wellbeing.

Our public places and spaces facilitate our enjoyment of urban living and community cultural expression. 

Strategic Direction 5: Progressive local leadership

Where we want to be in 2036:

We are a community of diverse voices that are listened to and respected. We have trust in our leaders and feel empowered to become leaders ourselves. All of us have the information, support and opportunities to show leadership and effect change.

We are innovative and creative in our approaches to tackling big issues. We stand up for what we believe in and collectively shape and own our future.

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Page last updated: 18 May 2021