2013–2023 Community Strategic Plan – June 2013
Section 401 (1) requires that each local government area has a Community Strategic Plan and that the plan be endorsed by the council. The Draft Community Strategic Plan, and any amendment of that plan, must be placed on public exhibition for a period of at least 28 days and submissions received by Council must be considered by Council before the Plan, or amendment, is endorsed by Council [Section 042 (6)].
Council advised publicly exhibited the Draft Community Strategic Plan with the notice in the Armidale Express of Friday 13 May 2011 and endorsed the Community Strategic Plan 2011/2021 at its meeting of Monday 27 June 2011 (Resolution 204/11):
- endorse the Community Strategic Plan for the Uralla Shire Council 2011 to 2021.
- utilise the Community Strategic Plan 2011 to 2021 as the basis for the preparation of the Uralla Shire Council Delivery Plan 2011 to 2016 and the Operational Plan 2011/2012.
The Division of Local Government reviewed the endorsed Community Strategic Plan 2011 to 2021 and advised in its letter of 9 December 2011 that its review of Council’s suite of planning documents had not adequately met the requirements of the Integrated Planning and Reporting legislation. It considered that the endorsed Uralla Shire Community Strategic Plan was not a strategic document but rather an operational Council document.
Section 402 (5) states "Following an ordinary election of councillors, the council must review the community strategic plan before 30 June following the election. The council may endorse the existing plan, endorse amendments to the existing plan or develop and endorse a new community strategic plan, as appropriate to ensure that the area has a community strategic plan covering at least the next 10 years."
Council carried out an extensive Community Consultation program for the development of the Community Strategic Plan 2011/2021. As the objectives and strategies have not substantially changed; the option to endorse amendments to the existing plan is appropriate with the inclusion of two new strategies.
The new strategies are:
- Having a manned ambulance service stationed in the Uralla Township. (People - Safety and Wellbeing - page 14)
- Obtain funding from State and Federal Governments for the replacement of the low level Emu Crossing with a contribution for Uralla Shire Council (Infrastructure - Services - page 23)
The need for an ambulance to be stationed in Uralla is one which the Community has raised on numerous occasions over the years. This matter has been raised with several Ministers for Health, without success. Whilst the provision of such a service is a state responsibility; the Community seeks Council's advocacy role in obtaining what they see as an essential service.
The replacement of the 1914 low level Emu Crossing with a high level bridge; became an issue in late 2011 and 2012 when the normal seasons returned and the low level bridge was closed on numerous occasions. The closure of the low level bridge causes disruption to traffic on Thunderbolt's Way and a community committee was formed to gather support and information for a replacement. The State Government initially provided $ for $ funding of $34,000 for a study, which has lead to the promised $3,500,000 State funding ($500,000 in the year 2013/2014 and $3,150,000 in 2014/2015). Council has provided $50,000 in the 2013/2014 budget and $350,000 in the 2014/2015 forward estimates.
Both of these new strategies have the support of the Community. Their inclusion into the Community Strategic Plan strategies; even though they were not raised in the Community Consultation in 2011; are reasonable amendments for the updated Community Strategic Plan.
The Strategies outlined in “Liveability” (page 20) for:
Uralla’s natural beauty and distinct natural environment are protected for future generations.
- Encourage and support community-based clean-up, recycling and environmental groups.
- Maintain a clean and cared for look to the main streets of Uralla and Bundarra, guided by a streetscape works program.
- Plan and manage a stormwater collection and dispersal plan that meets the 1/100yr event.
- Measure and clean-up environmental weeds for improved water flow and quality.
- Review the State of the Environment Report.
were recommended to be replaced by the following, which are more strategic in direction:
- Provide continuous improvements in amenities and services via streetscape works programs and continuous adoption of the actions recommended by the Integrated Water Cycle Management Review.
- Protect and appropriately manage significant natural features, waterways and other landscapes (ecological and agro-ecological) across the Shire by supporting and partnering with the community and other agencies to conserve, protect and rehabilitate those assets; and by improving management on Council managed lands.
- Continually implement improvements in sustainable resource use, performance and practice across Council operations and within the Community.
Copies of the 2013–2023 Community Strategic Plan can be read or downloaded through the quick-link below or read at the Council Office, Uralla Library or the General Stores at Bundarra, Invergowrie, Kentucky or Kingstown. Individual pages of the Community Strategic Plan are on display on laminated A3 size sheets for easy reading at the Uralla Library.
General Manager, Mr Tom O'Connor
Phone: 02 6778 6303
Fax: 02 6778 5073
Delivery Program 2012/2013 to 2015/2016 (pdf 663kb)