BRIGHTON Council has commenced the major project of updating the 2019-2029 strategic plan for the municipality.
Following the development of comprehensive briefing documents in December last year, a key workshop was conducted in early February, involving councillors, council executive team members and other staff, and key external stakeholders comprising local business and community representatives. The workshop was facilitated by leading business advisor, Greg Hudson.
Mayor Tony Foster said the workshop covered the broad range of issues, opportunities and challenges for Brighton and identified the strategies required to meet these.
“There is a lot of work still to be done, but we have identified our goals and aspirations for the next decade and beyond and determined the strategies we need to develop and implement to get the best outcome for our community,” Cr Foster said.
“Our expectation is that Brighton will grow by 30 percent over the next 10 years and will become an important satellite city in southern Tasmania.
“This means that we must properly plan for the infrastructure, community, economic and social needs of a larger and continually growing region.
“Importantly, our 10-year strategy is predicated on Brighton Council leading change to create a more liveable community, based on a ‘can-do’ attitude, with innovation, communication, a caring and helpful nature and great civic pride.
“These attributes may already exist, but we are going to build on them over the next decade,” Cr Foster said.
The workshop established four key goals with supportive strategies to be developed. The goals covered strengthening the community, developing Brighton as a Connector Satellite City, infrastructure development and Council stability.
Strategies to be developed ranged from improving the health and wellbeing of the community, housing development and associated facilities, environmental sustainability and increased educational capability, to business and primary industry development, strategic asset and infrastructure management, Council financial sustainability and governance.
Cr Foster said Brighton had achieved considerable gains over the past decade, particularly in economic and housing growth and particularly, in encouraging the diversity of public and private housing construction, as well as the provision of local infrastructure, facilities and services.
From the Council perspective, this had been achieved under Brighton’s fair rating system that provided for the lowest rate regime in the State and capping residential rate increases at or below CPI for the past 23 years.
“We are now building for the future. We will learn from the past, as well as innovate to take advantage of new learnings and experiences and take account of the expectations of our community.
“Our 2019 – 2029 Strategy Plan will embody this and I look forward to presenting this to the Brighton community on its completion,” Cr Foster said.
- From left, Sheryl Rainbird from Centacare Evolve Housing, Brighton Council’s Heath Macpherson and councillors Jessica Whelan and Tennille Murtagh.
- Council general manager Ron Sanderson with Mayor Tony Foster and Brighton chief operating officer James Dryburgh.