New Corporate Plan an exciting blueprint for region

Published: 13 Apr 2022

Council has adopted a new Corporate Plan that provides an exciting blueprint for the region over the next five years.

The Mayor and Councillors’ Corporate Plan 2022-2027 is a major overhaul of the previous plan and developed through consultation with senior leadership, staff, and the community.

Mayor Greg Williamson said councillors were excited about the new and invigorated blueprint that was adopted at today’s ordinary meeting (Wednesday, April 13).

“It builds on the previous work of council and sets an exciting and innovative strategic direction for the next five years,’’ Mayor Williamson said.

“The plan includes many of our key projects already under way, such as the Mackay Waterfront, Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails and Northern Beaches Community Hub,’’ he said.

“But it is a living document, so that means other key projects can be added throughout the life of the Corporate Plan.

“We firmly believe that we are on the way to creating Australia’s best region to live in, to work in and to play in. This Corporate Plan will help guide that journey for council for the next five years.”

The new Corporate Plan has three outward facing pillars, including:

  • Invest and work
  • Live and visit
  • Community and environment.

It also has two inward facing pillars, including:

  • Financial strength
  • Operational excellence

Mayor Williamson said council’s new purpose was to: “Create opportunity to thrive”.

He said council’s vision was: “To become the best region for liveability and livelihood”.

“Outlined in our new Corporate Plan are key themes and projects for the next five years to deliver that purpose and vision.

“We have also adopted indicators to measure our success against the goals we have set.”

A new feature of the plan is a section at the back outlining what residents could do for their community.

“This information ranges from responsible pet ownership to recycling right,’’ Mayor Williamson said.

“As the plan was developed through good engagement with and input from residents, we wanted to also include some information about how they can play a part in making our community the best it can be,’’ he said.

More than 1400 people provided feedback. This ranged from a phone poll of more than 400 residents to stalls and ideas walls at libraries and events, such as Global Grooves, Cyclone Saturday and the Mackay Twilight Christmas Markets.

The Corporate Plan 2022-2027 was designed inhouse by council’s Corporate Communications and Marketing team.