Integrated Planning and Reporting

In 2009 a new Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework for NSW local government was introduced. The IP&R framework requires councils to prepare a suite of long-term strategic documents, including a Community Strategic Plan, Resourcing Strategy and Delivery Program, as well as an annual Operational Plan. Integration of these strategic documents is key to effective long-term planning and assist us in providing ratepayers with the best level of service we can.

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Community Strategic Plan

The Community Strategic Plan is the highest-level plan that Council prepares. The purpose of the Community Strategic Plan is to identify our community's main priorities and aspirations for the future and to plan strategies for achieving these goals. In doing this, the planning process considers the issues and pressures that may impact the community and the level of resources that will realistically be available to achieve its aspirations.

Informed by extensive community and stakeholder consultation, the Edward River 2030 Community Strategic Plan seeks to answer four key questions:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want to be in 10 years' time?
  • How will we get there?
  • How will we know when we have arrived?

At an operational level, the Community Strategic Plan is implemented through Council's Delivery Program and annual Operational Plans, which outline the activities and actions that are the responsibility of Council in achieving our shared vision.

View our Community Strategic Plan:

Resourcing Strategy 

The Edward River 2030 Community Strategic Plan provides a vehicle for expressing our community’s long-term aspirations. However, the vision set out in this Plan will not be achieved without sufficient resources – time, money, assets and people – to carry them out.


The Resourcing Strategy comprises the following components:

  • Asset Management Planning: Council’s asset management planning is supported by an Asset Management Policy, Asset Management Strategy, and individual Asset Management Plans for all assets under Council’s control. Considering ‘whole of life’ asset management from planning, purchase, operation and maintenance to disposal of assets; the Asset Management Strategy forecasts community requirements and the capacity to meet them on a short-, medium-, and long-term basis.
  • Long Term Financial Planning: The Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) tests community aspirations as contained in the Community Strategic Plan against the financial realities of delivering on those aspirations. The LTFP integrates with Edward River 2030 through the Delivery Program and one-year Operational Plan.
  • Workforce Management Planning: The Workforce Management Plan addresses the human resourcing requirements of the Community Strategic Plan, including what people, skills, experience and expertise are required to achieve its strategic objectives.


View our Resourcing Strategy:

Delivery Program and Operational Plan

The Delivery Program outlines how Council will contribute to achieving the vision set out in the Community Strategic Plan and turns the strategic objectives contained in Edward River 2030 into actions. All plans, projects, activities and funding allocations made by Council must be directly linked to the Delivery Program.

Supporting the Delivery Program is an annual Operational Plan. Adopted by Council each year alongside its annual Budget, the Operational Plan identifies the plans, projects and activities that will be carried out over the financial year covered by the Operational Plan to achieve the commitments made in the Delivery Program.

View our Delivery Program and Operational Plan