Gawler 2012-13 Annual Report - page 5

Town of Gawler Annual Report 2012/13
Page 5
Strategic Plan 2010 - 2018
Council’s Strategic Plan 2010-2018 provides the framework
for achieving the strategic goals for the eight (8) years
as designated. To achieve the strategic goals, an Annual
Business Plan is prepared each financial year, which focuses
on achieving Council’s priorities over the next 12 months. In
2013, Council will undertake a review of the Strategic Plan
and seek community input into Gawler’s future directions.
This is a vital process to ensure that community aspirations
guide Council to deliver the type of town and community
Gawler residents want to live, work and play in. The update
to the Strategic Plan 2010-2018 will be in the form of a
Community Plan 2014-2024 will be undertaken next year.
Strategic Directions Report
This year, Council commenced a review of the
planning and development policies contained within
the Development Plan to ensure they were consistent
with the South Australian Planning Strategy, Council’s
Strategic Plan and community aspirations. This process is
a requirement under Section 30 of the
Development Act
. All Councils must review their Development Plan
every five (5) years or when the State Planning Strategy is
altered, in order to determine how the aims and objectives
of the Strategy can be implemented in their local area.
A Town of Gawler Strategic Directions Report was
progressed, outlining a strategic vision for growth in the
Council area by means of a program of Development
Plan Amendments (DPA’s). This transforms the strategic
vision into Development Plan content. Finalisation of the
Strategic Directions Report is expected to occur in October
Infrastructure and Asset Management Plan
Council’s Infrastructure and Asset Management Plan covers
all assets; property, infrastructure, plant and equipment as
described in Town of Gawler’s Asset Register. The purpose of
the Plan is to ensure the long-term, sustainable management
of Council’s assets appropriate to community expectations
and Council’s needs. This Plan was updated this year to
consider Council’s Strategic Plan, Development Plan, Long
Term Financial Plan and Annual Business Plans.
Long Term Financial Plan
The Long Term Financial Plan is reviewed and updated
annually to provide an indicative 10 year outlook of
Council’s longer-term financial aspirations.
The primary financial goal of the Council is to ensure
that the recurrent operations and activities are financially
sustainable – as represented by a recurring breakeven
operating result.
Annual Business Plans / Budget
The Annual Business Plan identifies the specific actions
and program of works which will be undertaken by Council
during the year. The Annual Business Plan is directly
linked to the objectives and strategies contained within the
Strategic Plan.
Ongoing reporting
Financial performance, monitoring and reporting are ongoing
processes throughout the financial year. Monthly reports were
provided to Council to progressively monitor the performance
against the budget.
In addition, comprehensive quarterly reviews of the budget
were conducted and reported to Council which now also
incorporate performance against various non-financial
Reporting Framework
Section 1
introduction •
• strategic directions • statutory information • index
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