Workshops to Help Develop Kiama Council’s Community Strategic Plan | Mercury of Illawarra

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The development of the new community strategic plan (CSP) is the first task of the Kiama council. So said Mayor Neil Reilly and Council CEO Jane Strout, who have been busy setting the direction for the organization’s sustainable future. The CSP will be developed through a series of community workshops led by the mayor and councilors that will outline council’s current challenges and key strategic priorities, and invite feedback from residents. Cr Reilly said discussions with the new council have been positive so far. “It’s wonderful to see that our advisory team represents a good balance of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds,” the mayor said. “This diversity will ensure our community has strong representation in Board decisions over the next three years – starting with the development of our new DSP, the document that sets the compass for all Board operations.” Read more: All pictures from Australia Day 2022 in Illawarra Ms Stroud said work on the CSP – which all new councils are tasked with creating – comes at an ideal time, allowing Kiama Council to establish an agenda that is both grounded in reality, informed by current challenges, and strategic in terms of strengthening the Council’s continued financial sustainability. “The Community Strategic Plan dictates our budget and ultimately the services we provide across the municipality. We also use it to report annually, so it’s important that it’s a practical document and one that propels us towards the strategic improvements that need to be made in the business over the next four years,” she said. A series of CSP-focused community workshops will be held across the Local Government Area (LGA), facilitated by the Mayor and councillors, and supported by staff In workshops, councilors will present the organization’s challenges, priorities and opportunities and provide a series of ‘state of play’ fact sheets in key areas of activity Cr Reilly said the new Council was committed to listening to the community and sharing information transparently as decisions were made. ent taken. “While there are challenges to overcome, we have an exciting opportunity to set a clear direction for the new era of Kiama Council.” The dates of the workshops will be announced next week. Read more: Record-Breaking Clifton Contemporary Art Fair Continues Illawarra Mercury Newsroom is funded by our readers. You can sign up to support our journalism here. Sign up to receive up-to-date emails below…

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