Councils today play a critical role in the social, economic and environmental success of the local community. Community demands continue to grow in depth and breadth but the expectation is also that they will be satisfied with existing financial resources.
In order to achieve this, Blacktown City Council has recognised the need to have a strong and well-structured Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework with a clear short, medium and long term focus on the varied needs of the many stakeholders vying for Council's human and financial resources.
Given the number of challenges at Blacktown, we need clearly defined strategies to deal with them. The Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework is all about setting policies and goals that guide Council activities in the short, medium and long term. It is used to identify what we want to achieve and to ensure that all of our actions are contributing to this end. The Operational Plan translates the strategy of Council into actions; it ensures that everyone has a framework within which to operate.
For several years, Blacktown City Council has led all NSW Local Government areas in industrial land take-up reflecting strong performance in strategic planning to cater for long-term needs.