Five year corporate plan officially adopted by Council


Howard Salkow

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Council yesterday unanimously adopted the Douglas Shire Council’s five-year Corporate Plan (2019-24) at an open Council session in Council Chambers. 

The Corporate Plan forms Council’s principal strategic planning document. The plan is Council’s commitment to the community of its intent and direction. The plan informs that annual Operational Plan and Budget.

In presenting the plan to Council, Mayor Julia Leu said it plays an important role in bringing the community together. She said the plan seeks to meet these challenges head on and take advantage of the opportunities to the benefit of all.

“Council plays an essential role in working with industry and other levels of government to contribute to a thriving economic base from which the community can grow and prosper.

“Our environment is in jeopardy and Council must do all that it can by working with stakeholders to protect it,” she said.

Cr Leu said we understand the balance between these messages and the impact that it can have on our tourism sector; however, through robust management, proactive strategies and strong partnerships, we can demonstrate to the world why the Douglas Shire is the leading tropical sustainable destination.

“There has been extensive internal consultation to develop the plan including off sites, workshops and team meetings.

“Externally, a Corporate Plan survey was conducted with over 800 responses. Community sessions were held at Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay, Mossman and Port Douglas. All feedback was considered at a Council offsite.”

While it is primarily focused on strategies and actions for the community, the plan also includes themes on organisational governance and management that underpin delivery.

“This is in recognition of the fact that many of Council’s resources are involved in the day-to-day operations of Council on which the community relies.

“The Corporate Plan is not a detailed business or action plan, but rather, it is a road map for the future based on key themes.

“Each year Council develops an Operational Plan that details the actions that Council will take during the year to deliver on its Strategic Themes and Goals.”

The Douglas Shire Strategic Framework includes five strategic themes. The themes work together to deliver on the Council Vision Statement:

Theme 1: Celebrating Our Communities
Theme 2: Fostering Sustainable Economic Growth
Theme 3: Leading Environmental Stewardship
Theme 4: Inclusive Engagement, Planning and Partnerships
Theme 5: Robust Governance and Efficient Service Delivery

To access the Corporate Plan, visit the Douglas Shire Council website

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