The Corporate Business Plan 2020-2021 to 2023-2024 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) 2020-21 to 2029-30 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 2020-21.
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.
Between 1 June and 31 August each year, the City is required to adopt an annual budget for its municipal fund in accordance with Section 6.2 of the Local Government Act 1995 and the associated regulations.
The annual budget is a product of the City’s integrated planning framework and aims to deliver upon high level commitments contained within Council’s Strategic Community Plan and 4 year Corporate Business Plan.
A number of informing strategies and plans are central to the preparation of the annual budget and include the following:
• Community, Sports and Recreation Facilities Plan 2018-2033
• Revitalisation Plans (Hamilton Hill, Coolbellup, Spearwood, The Lakes, Yangebup)
• Master Plans (Bibra Lake, Coogee Beach, North Coogee Foreshore, Manning Park)
• Developer Contribution Area Plans (DCP), in particular DCP13 community infrastructure projects
• Asset Management Plans (AMP)
• Other Council adopted strategies.
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.
Community Scorecard Report
The annual community scorecard survey provides an insight into what the community thinks of services in the City of Cockburn. The City uses these results together with other information to evaluate and adjust its priorities and programs. The survey and its results are also used to measure the City’s progress against its Strategic Community Plan.
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