Community Consultation

Draft Integrated Planning & Reporting Framework Community Consultaion

At its meeting to be held on 15 May, Lithgow City Council resolved to place the Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework on exhibition and seek public consultation on these plans.  The Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework (IPR) is a suite of plans that will guide the future direction of the Lithgow LGA over the next 10 years.  The plans are summarised below and links to the actual plans are included.  

Community Strategic Plan

The Community Strategic Plan is the highest level plan that a council and its community will prepare.

Its purpose is to identify the community's main priorities and aspirations for the future and to plan strategies for achieving these goals. In doing this, the planning process considers the issues and pressures that may affect the community and the level of resources that will realistically be available to achieve its aspirations.

While Council has a custodial role in initiating, preparing and maintaining the plan on behalf of the community, it is not wholly responsible for its implementation. Other partners, such as State Agencies and community groups are also responsible for the delivery of the plan. The aim of the plan is to encourage council, the community and other agencies to work together as one community to deliver on our vision for the future.

Draft Community Strategic Plan 2030 – Our Place, Our Future

In accordance with section 402 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council must review its Integrated Planning and Reporting documents within 12 months of an election.

The Council endorsed the draft Community Strategic Plan 2030 – Our Place, Our Future for public exhibition from 16 May until 12 June 2017. 

View Draft CSP

Combined 2017/18 – 2020/21 Delivery Program and 2017/18 Operational Plan

The Delivery Program identifies the principle strategies to be undertaken to implement the outcomes identified in Community Strategic Plan during the Council’s 4 year term of office.   

The Operational Plan provides details actions and targets to measure the implementation of the Delivery Program.  The Plan also includes Council’s Statement of Revenue Policy.

View Combined 2017/18 – 2020/21 Delivery Program and 2017/18 Operational Plan

View Fees and Charges 2017/18

Resourcing Strategy

The Resourcing Strategy looks in detail at matters directly related to Council and is made up of three key documents:

The Workforce Plan 2017-2021 addresses the human element of Council’s Resourcing Strategy.  It looks at ensuring that staff have the necessary skills to implement the Delivery Program; promote staff retention and position Lithgow City Council as an Employer of Choice within the community.

The Strategic Asset Management Plan 2017/18 – 2026/27 ensures identifies agreed levels of services and maintenance/renewal requirements of Council assets.

The Long Term Financial Plan 2017/18 – 2026/27 focuses on ensuring that Council is financially sustainable and able to fund the long-term requirements of the community including major capital works programs, maintenance and renewal programs whilst living within its means and being Fit for the Future.

Reporting – Annual, Quarterly and End of Term

Lithgow City Council’s performance is monitored through quarterly reviews of the Delivery Program and Operational Plan.  The Annual Report is presented to Council for comment and adoption.  The Quarterly Report to Council includes:

  • Progress reports on the key objectives set out in the Delivery Program and Operational Plan.
  • Progress towards achievements of performance goals.
  • Progress of current programs and projects.
  • Financial performance compared to the budget.

In addition at the end of each Council’s term of office an End of Term Report is completed for the four year term.  Each of these reports should answer the question – Did Council do what we said we would?  If not, why not?

All of the above documents are reported to Council within legislative timeframes and are available on Council’s website www.council.lithgow.com for viewing

How can I have my say?

Council is inviting community feedback on the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework including any issues that you believe requires attention; and suggestions or ideas about future directions for the Lithgow local government area.

The documents will be on public exhibition for 28 days until the 12 June 2017 and are available to download from this page.  Copies are also available to be read at the Lithgow, Wallerawang and Portland libraries; the Council’s Administration Centre.

Written public submissions close on Thursday 12 June at 4.30 pm. Submissions may be sent by mail to: 

General Manager
PO Box 19,
Lithgow NSW 2790 or

by email  to ipr@lithgow.nsw.gov.au

or by clicking on the relevant feedback link below.

Community Presentations

The links below are to the presentations that were given at the various information sessions held across the LGA. The slides only show an example of the projects that Council will be conducting throughout the year and are in no way exhaustive. Please refer to the Operations plan for greater detail.
Capertee Presentation
Hartley Presentation
Lithgow Presentation
Rydal Presentation
Portland Presentation
Wallerawang Presentation

Supporting Documents

In November 2016, Council engaged Micromex Consulting to:

  • Undertake a visioning workshop with the new Council to identify the key values, strengths and challenges of the Lithgow Council area, establish how these fit within the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) and propose projects and ideas to support and address these issues.
  • Undertake a telephone and online survey to measure community attitudes and perceptions towards current aspirations and priorities for the LGA in the future. The key objectives of the research included:
    • Identifying residents’ quality of life in the LGA
    • Identifying the level of support for the Community Strategic Plan
    • Assessing and establishing the community’s agreement with activities and lifestyle opportunities, and the performance of services and facilities
    • Identifying support for prospective projects and initiatives

The data gained from this research has been used during the review process of the Draft Community Strategic Plan 2030 – Our place, our future and the supporting documents that make up the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework.

  • Community Strategic Plan – Councillor and Executive workshop – Executive Summary
  • Community Strategic Plan Research – Telephone survey
  • Community Strategic Plan Research – Online survey