The Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework opens the way for Council to identify and plan for funding priorities and service levels in consultation with the community, while preserving local identity and planning for a more sustainable future.
The framework consists of a hierarchy of documents including:
Community Strategic Plan
Our Community Strategic Plan, “Richmond Valley Made 2030” (CSP), identified the community’s main priorities and aspirations for the future and established broad strategies for achieving these goals. In doing this, consideration has been given to the issues and pressures which may affect the community and the level of resources which will realistically be available to achieve its aims and aspirations.
While Richmond Valley Council has a custodial role in initiating, preparing and maintaining the CSP on behalf of the local government area, it is not wholly responsible for its implementation. Other partners such as government agencies, businesses, community groups and industry can help in achieving the long-term objectives of the plan.
The CSP provides a vehicle for expressing long-term community aspirations. However, these will not be achieved without sufficient resources – time, money, assets and people – to actually carry them out.
The Resourcing Strategy consists of three components: Long Term Financial Plan; Organisational Development Plan; Asset Management Plans
The Resourcing Strategy is the point where Council assists the community by sorting out who is responsible for what, in terms of the issues identified in the CSP. Some issues will clearly be the responsibility of Council, some will be the responsibility of other levels of government and some will rely on input from community groups or individuals. The Resourcing Strategy focuses in detail on matters that are the responsibility of the Council and looks generally at matters that are the responsibility of others.
Delivery Program and Operational Plan
The Delivery Program and Operational Plan systematically translate the CSP goals into actions. These are the principal activities to be undertaken by the Council to implement the strategies established by the CSP within the resources available under the Resourcing Strategy.
The Delivery Program is a statement of commitment to the community from each newly elected council. In preparing the program, Council is accounting for its stewardship of the community’s long-term goals, outlining what it intends to do towards achieving these goals during its term of office and what its priorities will be.
Supporting the Delivery Program is an annual Operational Plan. It spells out the details of the Program – the individual projects and activities that will be undertaken each year to achieve the commitments made in the Delivery Program.
The Annual Report focuses on the implementation of our Delivery Program and Operational Plan. The report also includes some information that is prescribed by the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.
End of Term Report
Councils are required every four years to produce an End of Term Report on the progress in implementing the Community Strategic Plan. The Report covers the term of office for an elected council.
Current year reports are available for download below:
- Delivery Program 2013-2017 (revised) & Operational Plan 2016-2017 adopted by Council 28 June 2016
- Operational Plan 2016-2017 and Forward Financial Estimates adopted by Council 28 June 2016
- Long Term Financial Plan 2016-2026 adopted by Council 28 June 2016
- Fees and Charges
- Annual Reports
Councils are required to report on the progress of their Delivery Program at a minimum of six monthly. Richmond Valley Council prepared a biannual traffic light report which reports to the community on the progress of actions and initiatives in the Delivery Program.