The purpose of this document is to outline the process for developing and facilitating community engagement activities required for the development of the South Burnett Regional Council 2021-26 Corporate Plan.
South Burnett Regional Council has developed a new Corporate Plan. A legislative requirement, the new Corporate Plan will guide how Council prioritises and delivers services, programs and facilities to the community over the next five years. It is also the core strategic document that helps Council set its annual Budget and Operational Plan.
The Corporate Plan is a living document, where its success lies in having conversations with our communities to ensure that Council’s goals align with the needs and priorities of our people.
In this plan, we’ve focused on the outcomes that will make the biggest transformation for the South Burnett in the medium term – from the environment through to the economy, our community and our organisation.
The new document will be Council’s third five-year Corporate Plan since the original Corporate Plan for the South Burnett Regional Council which was adopted 17 June 2009. The five outcome areas and long-term goals identified in the Corporate Plan remain similar to previous themes, addressing:
The South Burnett Regional Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of country in the South Burnett region - the Wakka Wakka and Wulli Wulli People. We also acknowledge the cultural diversity of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, elders past and present and the significant contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People have made and continue to make to shaping the identity of the South Burnett and Australia.
The Corporate Plan identifies key issues under each outcome area as priorities for the next five years. We have also reviewed and refreshed our corporate vision, purpose and strategic priorities, which articulate our long-term direction and define the culture of Council’s organisation.
A number of key officers across Council have been involved in researching and developing the draft Corporate Plan. Workshops with Council officers and Councillors have been held to identify and prioritise the challenges and opportunities Council faces in the next five years, relating to each of the outcome areas of the South Burnett Regional Council Corporate Plan.
In discussions with our staff and our community about this Corporate Plan, we asked the key question:
‘In the next five years, what can make the biggest difference and how can Council best serve the community?’
As part of this process, we asked for stakeholder and community feedback through a series of meetings and online surveys:
We then reviewed the community feedback in detail, taking all points of view into consideration to develop the new Corporate Plan.
On Wednesday 28 April 2021, Council adopted the 2021–26 Corporate Plan at the General Meeting.