What is a Strategic Community Plan?

A Strategic Community Plan is a long term, overarching strategy and planning document that outlines the community’s aspirations and priorities for the future and sets out the key strategies required to achieve these. 

The City developed the first Strategic Community Plan 2013. This was reviewed and updated in 2016. 

Why develop a Strategic Community Plan?

A Strategic Community Plan is a legislative requirement as part of the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework (IPR). 

This legislation was introduced by the Western Australian State Government in 2011, and requires the development of a ‘Plan for the Future’, comprising a ten-year Strategic Community Plan, a four-year Corporate Business Plan and supporting resource plans.

How was the Draft Strategic Community Plan 2018-2028 developed?

From August 2017, more than 2,000 people were actively engaged in the major review of the City of Stirling’s Strategic Community Plan. Community members were invited to contribute via a number of channels:

- Website Survey

- Multicultural Framework Consultation

- 2017 Community Perceptions Survey

- Community Group Meetings

- Community Workshops (Open invitation)

The City of Stirling advertised for participants in the consultation process through:

- The City of Stirling’s Facebook page reaching over 34,491 Facebook followers

- Three local newspapers involving two weeks of advertising

- Direct email invitation to community groups

- Posters and flyers distributed to all libraries, leisure centres

- Focus story on the City of Stirling’s website.

What were the outcomes of participant feedback?

Participant views were consistent in most areas and while some priorities differed, feedback identified that the Strategic Community Plan 2016- 2026 generally aligns with current community views and expectations. 

New priority focus areas of Social, Economic, Built and Natural Environment, and Governance areas have been introduced to the revised Draft Strategic Community Plan 2018 – 2028. This is as a result of feedback to improve the understanding of the objectives and strategies within the Plan. A number of new emerging priorities have been identified which will change the direction for the City of Stirling over the next 10 years. 

1. Community Connectedness The City recognises the importance of social connectedness and inclusivity in developing a thriving, healthy and active community. 

2. Place The City is committed to developing places for today and tomorrow by providing local access to services and high-quality built infrastructure to support its diverse community. 

3. Access The City will deliver sustainable transport solutions to ensure access to a broad range of local places and services. The City will also develop new online and mobile technologies to improve digital access to services for our community. 

4. Sustainable The City will progress sustainable and innovative solutions supported by community education to ensure the City is waste, water and energy wise with protected and enhanced natural habitats.

New objectives and strategies have been developed to address these priorities and are included within the revised Strategic Community Plan 2018 – 2028. 

New baseline measures have also been developed within the revised Plan and the City’s performance and success in future years will be measured against this.