Local governments will be getting more strategic in their approach to planning for the future following changes to legislation.
By June 30, 2013, all local governments in Western Australia will be required to develop a Strategic Community Plan and Corporate Business Plan.
The Strategic Community Plan is designed to connect community aspirations with local government long-term strategies.
The Corporate Business Plan will link the strategic plan to council operations, financial planning, asset management and workforce planning.
Local Government Minister John Castrilli said the new regulations under the Local Government Act 1995 set out a minimum requirement for integrated planning and reporting.
“Integrated planning and reporting gives local governments a framework to address issues such as community safety, financial, human resources as well as asset and infrastructure requirements,” Mr Castrilli said.
The framework was introduced into WA as part of the State Government’s Local Government Reform Program.
The Minister said the Department of Local Government had tools and information to assist local governments with their community planning, management of assets and financial planning.
“Building the integrated planning capacity of local governments is of vital importance as we work together to strengthen the sector in WA,” he said.
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