What documents are on exhibition?

The Wollongong 2022 Strategic Management Plans include:
  • Draft Annual Plan 2016-17
  • Draft Budget 2016-17
  • Draft Revenue Policy, Fees & Charges 2016-17
The strategies and projects Council seeks to undertake to achieve our five year Delivery Program are listed in the draft Annual Plan 2016-17.

The draft Revenue Policy, Fees & Charges 2016-17 outlines the fees, charges and rates charged by Council in each financial year.
 
The draft Budget 2016-17 provides an overview of Council’s financial estimates and program of Capital Works for the financial year. Both documents support Council to plan its annual activities based on community input and strategic directions identified in Wollongong 2022; currently agreed services; economic, tourism and growth factors; Council’s Asset Management Policy and strategies; past performance; and availability of funding.

What is Wollongong 2022 Community Strategic Plan?

The Wollongong 2022 Community Strategic Plan is a 10 year plan that identifies our community’s vision for the future. It outlines the community’s priorities and aspirations, and how these can be achieved.
  
Wollongong 2022, is a ‘whole of community’ plan, in which all levels of government, business, educational institutions, community groups and individuals have an important role to play. 

The Community Strategic Plan consists of:
  • A Community Vision
  • Six (6) Community Goals
  • Twenty- eight (28) Objectives 
  • Eighty-two (82) Strategies

Will this plan still be relevant if a merger with Shellharbour City Council goes ahead?

In December 2015, the NSW State Government announced proposals to merge a number of councils across the state. This included a proposal to amalgamate Wollongong City Council and Shellharbour City Council. When the announcement was made, the Office of Local Government issued Section 23A Guidelines for Council Decision Making During Merger Proposal Periods, which sets out the way in which councils should approach their annual planning for 2016/17. Accordingly, these plans have been prepared subject to those constraints, generally meaning that major new initiatives not already outlined in the adopted Delivery Program 2012 – 2017 were not able to be considered for 2016/17.

At the time this went to print, no announcement on the decision regarding the merger proposal for Wollongong and Shellharbour City Councils had been made. Should the NSW State Government decide to proceed with the merger, then the new organisation would deliver both Wollongong and Shellharbour’s 2016/17 Annual Plans concurrently.

What will happen to my feedback or submission?

All feedback and submissions received will be considered and reported to Council in late June 2016. If you submit a formal submission you will receive a response from Council.

How can I find out more about the draft plans?

You can find out more about the draft Plans by attending one of the following engagement activities:

Event When Location
Neighbourhood Forum 4, Corrimal Tuesday 5 April 2016, 7pm Towradgi Community Hall, Cnr Towradgi & Moray Rds, Towradgi
Neighbourhood Forum 5 & 6, Wollongong &
Unanderra
Wednesday 6 April 2016, 7pm Wollongong Town Hall, Crown Street, Wollongong
Neighbourhood Forum 1, Helensburgh Wednesday 13 April 2016, 7pm Helensburgh Community Centre, Walker Street
Helensburgh
Neighbourhood Forum 8, Dapto Wednesday 13 April 2016, 7pm Dapto Ribbonwood Centre, Princes Highway Dapto
Neighbourhood Forum 3, Thirroul Tuesday 19 April 2016, 7pm Thirroul Community Centre, Lawrence Hargrave
Drive Thirroul
Neighbourhood Forum 7, Berkeley Tuesday 19 April 2016, 6pm Illawarra Yacht Club, Northcliffe
Dr Warrawong

How can I get a copy of the draft Plans?

You can access the draft plans on Council’s website, by visiting Council’s libraries or by contacting Council. Draft Plans will also be available at the engagement activities listed above.

How can I have my say on the draft Plans?

We invite you to have your say on the draft Plans which will be on public exhibition from 7 April to 5 May 2016. During this period you can have your say via the following:

Fax: 4227 7580
Attend: One of the engagement activities listed above
Write to
General Manager
Wollongong City Council
Locked Bag 8821 WOLLONGONG DC NSW 2500

Your comments must be received by 5pm Thursday, 8 May 2016.