How do we measure our progress in implementing Sustainable Blue Mountains 2025?

It is important that we assess our progress in achieving Sustainable Blue Mountains 2025...

To assess our progress, key State of City measures have been developed against the Objectives and Strategies of each Key Direction in the Plan. Progress against these measures is documented  in the State of City Report. This report is produced by the Council every four years to inform the review and update of Sustainable Blue Mountains 2025 action plan. 

Trend data on our progress against these measures as well as on a range of other "response" and "pressure" measures is also being tracked on the Sustainable Blue Mountains trend database which can be accessed via www.sustainablebluemountains.net.au/our-progress/ 

At the end of each Council term, the Council also prepares an End of Council Term Report. This Report from the outgoing Council to the community, presents the achievements and effectiveness of the Council over the past four years in meeting the objectives of Sustainable Blue Mountains 2025.

The current State of City Report and End of Council Term Report can be downloaded from www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/yourcouncil/integratedplanningforservices/20102013downloads

 

How does the Council implement Sustainable Blue Mountains 2025?

It is important to remember that Sustainable Blue Mountains 2025 is a Plan for the whole City and every government and non-government agency, community organisation and resident can play a part in realising the vision, objectives and strategies in it.
 
The Council translates the Sustainable Blue Mountains 2025 objectives and strategies into actions in a 4 year Delivery Program and annual Operational Plan. All plans, projects, activities and funding allocations undertaken by the Council over its four year term must be directly linked to this Delivery Program which by legislation must respond directly to the Sustainable Blue Mountains 2025 community endorsed action plan.

How will the Council conduct the review of Sustainable Blue Mountains 2025?

Each council in NSW elected in 2012 is required by legislation to review their Community Strategic Plan within nine months of being elected and roll the plan forward by at least 4 years (so that it is always covering a period of at least 10 years).

The review of the plan must include the following:

  • A report from the outgoing council on the implementation and effectiveness of the Community Strategic Plan in achieving its objectives over the past four years (see link below in Library section to view the End of Council Term Report  of the outgoing Blue Mountains Council)
  • A review of the information that informed the original Community Strategic Plan
  • A community engagment program

To inform the review of Sustainable Blue Mountains 2025, Blue Mountains City Council has also prepared the 2008-2012 State of the City Report.

The review of Sustainable Blue Mountains 2025 will include:

  • Review and analysis of key information originally informing the plan as well as from the End of Council Term Report, the State of City Report, trend data bases, the 2011 Census data, asset managment and financial planning work and other key sources.
  • Review of Federal, State, Regional and adjoining Local Government strategic plans that  impacting on the Blue Mountains.
  • Assessment of the outcomes of community and government and non government agency engagement including: community workshops on affordable levels of service held in five locations across the City in June 2012; the annual survey of resident perceptions of Council service delivery performance; surveys of high school students; Peer-to-peer interviews with young people survey of government agencies that provide services to the Blue Mountains; engagement activities with community groups to identify needs of different age groups and interest groups; whole of City Community Forum with approx 130 community, government and non government representatives and formal public exhibition of the draft updated and revised plan. 
  • Consideration of submissions received over the engagement period and the formal public exhibition period.
  • Presentation of the final updated Community Strategic Plan to the Council in June 2013 for formal adoption with the 10 year Resourcing Strategy and 4 year Delivery Program that responds to it.