Plan for the Future
The Local Government Act, 1995 (as amended) requires all Western Australian Local Authorities to prepare a Plan for the Future (Plan). The Plan is designed to ensure electors and residents of the Gingin Shire have an opportunity to participate in the future direction of the Council, a philosophy wholeheartedly endorsed by Councillors and Staff of the Shire.
The Plan provides an overview of the major programs and activities proposed by Council over the next four years; however, it must be stressed that the Plan does not imply a commitment to any project but merely sets out the allocation of the Council's total anticipated resources over a given period, with an emphasis on setting priorities and targets. As with any plan, it must be capable of responding to internal and external factors, such as changing community attitudes and priorities, and the availability of grant funding.
The objectives of the Plan are to:
• provide the community with information related to the proposed principal activities, and
• offer the community the opportunity to lodge submissions in relation to those proposals for consideration by Council
What is in the Plan?
The Plan contains:
• a description of all the principal activities proposed to start or continue during the next four years. Principal activites are defined as capital items with an estimated cost of $75,000 or more
• an explanation of why they are being carried out, the estimated costs, how they are expected to be funded and how performance will be assessed, if applicable
When is the plan prepared?
The Plan will be revised and made public annually, in conjuction with the annual Budget process. This will afford the opportunity to:
• update income and expenditure estimates
• change priorities to reflect changing circumstances
• add, modify or delete activities according to needs, and
• respond appropriately to changes in community needs and perceptions, as expressed through submissions lodged each year
The Regulations, in part, state that:
• A local government is to make a plan for the future of its district in respect of the period specified in the plan (being at least 2 financial years).
• A plan for the future of a district is to set out the broad objectives of the local government for the period specified in the plan.
Selection of Principal Activities:
It is up to each local government to examine its existing and proposed activities to determine which are appropriate for inclusion in the Plan for the Future. For the purposes of this Plan, the Council has decided that any activity satisfying the following criteria will be considered a principal activity.
• Programs or activities that is likely to cost $75,000 or more in any one year.
• Services or projects considered to be of significant interest to the community.
The principal activities chosen within this criteria are:
Plant Replacement Policy
Land and Buildings
Recreation and Culture
There is an additional section within the Land and Buildings program entitled "Future Projects under Consideration", for which Council has commenced planning and research; however, the viability and feasibility has not been determined. As such, it is considered premature to include these in the Plan for the Future itself at this point in their development.