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Invitation to community for comment on Hilltops future plans

Councils in NSW are legislatively required to prepare a suite of short to long term documents that frame the priorities, practices and performance of Council.

This includes an annual Operational Plan as well as a Delivery Program setting the directions of Council for the current Council term.

Councils are also required to work with local communities on a regular basis to build and review a community strategic plan. Councils are then required to ensure all Council plans, programs and strategies are oriented towards progressing this community strategy.  In the case of Hilltops, in 2018, Hilltops Council adopted the Hilltops Community Strategic Plan 2030 after extensive community consultation. However, following the council elections in late 2021, this is now up for review.

This ‘suite of Council documents’ and the Community Strategic Plan are governed by the Local Government Act, Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework (IP&R).

The draft documents will be on public exhibition, until 5pm Friday, 24 June 2022.

The draft documents on consultation are the:

  • Draft Hilltops Community Strategic Plan
  • Draft Hilltops Council Delivery Program
  • Draft Hilltops Council Operational Plan
  • Draft Hilltops Council Resource Strategy; including the:
    • Draft Hilltops Council Long Term Financial Plan
    • Draft Hilltops Council Asset Management Plan
    • Draft Hilltops Council Workforce Management Strategy

Also, Hilltops Council’s

  • Annual draft operational budget here
  • Draft fees and charges here

Community Engagement

In conjunction with the exhibition of this suite of Council documents and the revised Community Strategic Plan, Council will be seeking opportunities to consult and engage with various community stakeholders across Hilltops.

As we navigate uncertain times, and safety is paramount, Council is offering a range of ways for you, the community, to get involved and provide your comments. The variety of engagement methods include community group workshops, the Council website and general submissions via postal or email. Council will also provide an ‘Online booking calendar’ that will allow you to book a time for a one-on-one phone call or Teams/Zoom meeting with a staff member.

To access the online booking calendar, click here

 

Draft Hilltops Community Strategic Plan

The centrepiece for Community and Council aspirations and objectives is the Hilltops Community Strategic Plan (CSP). This is a community document and intended to reflect where local communities want to be and what they want to protect to ensure Hilltops is a great place to live, work, and play now and in the future.

All of us will need to work together to achieve community aspirations and objectives as outlined in the CSP. Its success relies on ongoing engagement and collaboration and taking an integrated approach to delivering outcomes to tackle the range of opportunities and challenges that will arise.

The Draft CSP is intended to provide the direction and platform for this to happen. However, your comments are required to ensure it is relevant and responsive to what our communities are seeking.

The Draft Hilltops Community Strategic Plan can be found here

Draft Hilltops Council Delivery Program and Operational Plan

Hilltops Council is required to demonstrate how it will focus its efforts in the short and medium term to assist in the progress of the Hilltops Community Strategic Plan. This is done through two Council documents the:

  • Hilltops Council Delivery Program – a four year program for Council priorities and actions aligned with the Hilltops Community Strategic Plan
  • Hilltops Council Operational Plan – a one year implementation plan identifying what Council will do over the next financial year to progress the Delivery Program.

Council acknowledge its multiple roles and responsibilities in making Hilltops an even better place for all community members. To assist, it is important for Council to receive your comments on how they propose to do this through both the Delivery Program and Operational Plan.

  • The Draft Hilltops Delivery Program can be found here
  • The Draft Hilltops Operational Plan can be found here

Draft Hilltops Council Resource Strategy

Hilltops Council is required to identify the current and projected state of its finances, assets and workforce and the strategies and priorities for each.

The contents of the Draft Hilltops Council Resource Strategy are required to be dynamic, to pick up on new and emerging information and sustain their alignment with Council’s Delivery Program and Operational Plan.

To assist, the Draft Resource Strategy contains three core elements:

  • The Draft Hilltops Council Long Term Financial Plan here
  • The Draft Hilltops Council Asset Management Plan here
  • The Draft Hilltops Council Workforce Management Plan here.

Monitoring, Reporting and Review

Each of the documents play a pivotal part in the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework. Council is required to operate within this framework, including all relevant aspects of governance. To achieve this, Council is committed to regular monitoring, reporting and review of all relevant Framework documents including those listed above.

These documents are currently under review in compliance with the relevant sections of the Local Government Act, which requires new versions of each of these documents to be consulted and endorsed by Council by 30 June 2022.

Fact Sheets

How to make a submission fact sheet available here

Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) Framework fact sheet available here

Comments and submissions must be made in writing for them to be considered by Council. Comments can only be considered as valid formal submissions if the author’s details are included and submitted to Council prior to closing time and date.