Update – 28 March 2015
Redland City Council commenced public consultation about its draft Corporate Plan on 27 March.
The four week consultation period closes on
Friday 24 April 2015
The Council has prepared a two page brochure style summary of the proposed Corporate Plan and the consultation Process. It is available here
The Council has also set up a consultation webpage which includes links to:
- Proposed Corporate Plan for the period 2015 to 2020
- Existing Corporate Plan for the period 2010 to 2015
- Redlands Community Plan (covers the period 2010 to 2020)
The Council’s consultation webpage gives people a choice of submitting comments in two ways:
- Using an on-line comment form
- Completing a pdf document which can then be emailed, posted or hand delivered to the Council
Consultation about a draft Corporate Plan is among items to be discussed at the next general meeting of Redland City Council on 25 March 2015.
Redland City Council is finalising a Corporate Plan for the next five financial years. Its purpose is to set priorities for Council activities which are then reflected in annual work plans and budgets.
Community engagement in preparing the Corporate Plan is a requirement of the Local Government Act. The Council has already undertaken some community engagement including a survey over the Christmas period and meetings with some community groups including a meeting facilitated by Redlands2030.
At its meeting on Wednesday 25 March, Council will be asked to approve a draft Corporate Plan for the purpose of community consultation. The report to Council states that “The process to date already exceeds the legislative requirements for the development of a corporate plan”. But councillors will be asked to approve a formal consultation from 27 March to 27 April 2015.
About the draft Plan
- Healthy Natural Environment
- Green Living
- Embracing the Bay
- Quandamooka Country
- Wise Planning and Design
- Supportive and Vibrant Economy
- Strong and Connected Communities
- Inclusive and Ethical Governance
For each of these Vision Outcomes, the draft new Corporate Plan has the following:
- A re-statement of the Vision Outcome as set out in the Community Plan
- List of outcome statements describing things to be achieved over the next five years
- List of Council’s commitments to action
- List of relevant Council documents (strategies, plans, etc)
- List of key Council service areas
- Additional information under a heading titled “Did you know?”
Some of the statements in the draft new Corporate Plan deserve close attention. It is not always clear what they mean or what Council activities they could justify (or avoid). For example, proposed outcomes by 2020 include:
- Priority Development Areas support equitable outcomes for island residents, such as access to transport and facilities (Embracing the Bay, item 3.5)
- Communities on the islands and foreshores enjoy equitable access to development opportunities and community services. (Embracing the Bay, item 3.2)
- Council receives a return on the community’s investment in land to enhance economic and community outcomes. (Supportive and vibrant economy, item 6.4)
- Growth and development in the city is sustainably managed through the adoption and implementation of the City Plan and Local Government Infrastructure Plan. (Wise planning and design, item 5.1)
- Threatened species are maintained and protected, including the vulnerable koala species. (Healthy and natural environment, item 1.2)
Page 21 of the draft Corporate Plan contains an interesting statement under the “Did you know?” heading:
Future population growth will be primarily accommodated within the urban footprint identified in 2009-2031 South East Queensland Regional Plan. (emphasis added by Redlands2030)
Does this preclude major developments like the Shoreline proposal?
Evaluation of Council’s performance under the current Corporate Plan
Before making new plans it is good practice to evaluate how well the existing plan has worked. Plan, do and check!
The Council says in its 2013/14 Annual Report:
This annual report is the fourth to report against the Corporate Plan 2010-2015 (which reflects the Redlands 2030 Community Plan). (Page 4)
But the reporting in the Council’s Annual Report does not clearly explain Council’s performance against the strategies set out in the current 2010 – 2015 Corporate Plan.
There is a gap in Council’s reporting to the community. It should be fixed by Council preparing an evaluation report describing the extent to which the current Corporate Plan objectives have been achieved.