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The City’s strategic plans set the goals and direction for the City's future activities.
The Strategic Community Plan is an aspirational document that was developed following extensive community consultation. Engagement of the community helps define both what levels of service the community wants and what they are willing to pay for. Both of these elements are extremely important when defining asset management and the resulting costs.
The Plan has five broad strategic themes which will shape the City's development over the next ten years and beyond.
The strategies that come out of this document inform every activity that the City undertakes.
The Plan is prepared in accordance with the Local Government Act, the Department of Local Government Integrated Planning Framework, the City of Cockburn Community Engagement Framework and other relevant City of Cockburn guidance documents. It is reviewed every two years.
Progress against the objectives is reported in the City's Annual Report.
The Strategic Community Plan is supported by the Corporate Business Plan, Long Term Financial Plan and Workforce Plan as well as many other strategies and action plans which provide detailed activities to enable the City to meet the strategic objectives in the Strategic Community Plan.
The Corporate Business Plan 2016-2020 is largely an internal business document which guides the organisation toward achieving the objectives listed in the Strategic Community Plan.
Relevant information from the Long Term Financial Plan, Asset Management Plans, Workforce Plan and key strategies and action plans has been incorporated into the Corporate Business Plan. It also contains a discussion on risk, emerging challenges, how the plan will be resourced and how the activities are measured in terms of performance.
The Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) 2016-2026 is a ten year view of the financial position of the Council. The strategic objective of the LTFP is financial sustainability to ensure community assets and services can be maintained and provided by Council.
The first year of the LTFP reflects the actual budget to be adopted for 2016-17.
Years two to four have a high level of accuracy whereas years five to ten are estimates. The LTFP is based on a series of assumptions for revenue and expenditure (both operating and capital). The LTFP is subject to review every two years.
The Workforce Plan is the plan for staff employed by Council over the period 2016-17 to 2021-22. The aim of the Plan is to ensure Council has the correct skill and relevant numbers of staff to deliver services required by Council to meet the aspirations of the Strategic Community Plan and Corporate Business Plan.
The Annual Business Plan is the City’s annual more detailed plan for making the Strategic Community Plan happen.
The Local Government Act advises that the City must produce an annual report and specifies what information must be included. The report includes financial reports, Mayor and CEO reports, a list of projects undertaken for the financial year and a report on achievements against the Strategic Community Plan.
The Department of Local Government and Communities Strategic Integrated Planning Framework provides local governments with a framework for their corporate planning.
This framework starts with the development of the Strategic Community Plan and requires the development of Asset Management Plans to link with the corporate planning and budgeting process. These Asset Management Plans require reliable and up-to-date asset data to help the local government with reliable budget forecasting.
The City of Cockburn currently manages over $1 billion of infrastructure assets. The Asset Management Plans are strategic informing strategies that assist the City in its yearly budgeting process and further strengthen the City's management of long term asset renewal planning and funding requirements.
The replacement cost (September 2014) for assets managed by the City was $1028 million. The plans are reviewed every two years to ensure that future iterations of the Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) use the most accurate asset information and financial projections.
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