Since 1 July 2010, Coffs Harbour City Council has been using a new set of strategic tools to set out the budgets, activities and performance measures to be pursued to help achieve the organisation's objectives.
The new format meets the legislative requirements of the State's Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) Framework. The reforms are intended to enhance local councils' long-term focus in line with the aspirations of their communities. They are also designed to make councils more accountable.
Council sets out the activities it proposes to pursue through a four-year Delivery Program and a subsidiary, one-year Operational Plan (accompanied by Program Budgets and a schedule of Council Fees and Charges). The format matches the thematic structure of the Coffs Harbour 2030 Community Strategic Plan and is supported by a Resourcing Strategy that addresses Long Term Financial Planning, Asset Management and Workforce Management.
The Delivery Program and Operational Plan have to be reviewed every year.
The 2014/2018 Delivery Program, 2014/2015 Operational Plan, Division Budgets 2014/2018 and Fees and Charges 2014/2015 were adopted on 22 May 2014 with two budget scenarios in place - one including a three-year Special Rate Variation (SRV) and one without. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is expected to announce its determination on Council’s SRV application in mid-June 2014. Consequently, Council will implement the scenario supported by IPART’s determination.