Council’s strategic planning process

Our online Annual Report is a key tool that monitors our 2018–19 performance
against our Council and Community Plan 2017–2021.

The Plan is the strategic framework for our activities. It incorporates our rolling 10-year Strategic Resource Plan, which outlines the financial and non-financial resources we need to achieve the objectives in the Council and Community Plan. The Plan is structured around five key priority areas that will drive our activities over the next two years.

Our current performance reporting includes monthly financial reporting and quarterly reporting against the commitment actions in our Council and Community Plan 2017–2021.

We also set annual commitments to ensure we reach our longer-term strategic indicators of success across the life of the Plan.

Glen Eira Council and Community Plan goals and results 2018–2019

The Glen Eira Council and Community Plan 2017–2021 sets a vision for our City and identifies our goals and aspirations for the next two years.

We formulated the Plan in partnership with the community. It guides individuals, businesses, local groups and other levels of government on our strategic priorities. We developed our priorities by consulting with you, analysing demographic data and referring to key government and social policies.

This diagram outlines our planning and accountability framework.

The Plan’s five themes include long-term community goals, strategic objectives for those goals, accompanying commitments and performance tables.

Liveable and well designed

Long-term community goal:
A well-planned City that is a great place to live.

We are committed to Glen Eira being a well designed City that is safe, attractive and vibrant for our residents and businesses.

In 2018–2019, we:

  • adopted the East Village Structure Plan and endorsed planning controls, which seek to implement the vision of the precinct in Bentleigh East;
  • completed the initial feasibility study for a proposed community hub in Elsternwick and displayed concept plans for a proposed Eat Street in Bentleigh; and
  • updated two of our key community infrastructure strategies relating to recreation, open space and facilities. Our Recreation Needs Analysis has been updated and endorsed by Council for community engagement. Our new Nature Strip Planting Guidelines were also endorsed by Council.

To find out more and view our 2018–2019 progress, download PDF

Accessible and well connected

long-term community goal:
A City that is easy to move around, full of safe travel options and walkable neighbourhoods.

We are committed to maintaining a safe footpath network, upgrading bicycle routes and coming up with new solutions to address parking demands.

In 2018–2019, we:

  • developed three pilot projects in-line with our new Integrated Transport Strategy, with a focus on creating pedestrian safe neighbourhoods, safer cycling, and safe travel to school;
  • undertook a gap analysis on public transport availability and accessibility across the municipality which was endorsed by Council in April 2019 for community consultation; and
  • continued to explore the data collected from our pilot projects to help inform our new Parking Policy, which is based on the principles of the Integrated Transport Strategy.

To find out more and view our 2018–2019 progress, download PDF

Safe, healthy and inclusive

A strong and safe community that connects people and enhances health and wellbeing.

We are committed to being a community that is safe, healthy and inclusive. Our aim is to help people feel socially included, with access to quality support services. We will build a social environment that encourages participation, where people are safe in their homes and around our streets.

In 2018–2019, we:

  • developed our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which has a range of goals, from involvement in new activities and initiatives, to employment and inclusion strategies;
  • supported crime prevention in the municipality through the delivery of key activities under our Community Safety Plan 2018–2022 and Community Safety Committee; and
  • worked with the community to officially open a new community garden at Moorleigh Village, Bentleigh East.

To find out more and view our 2018–2019 progress, download PDF

Clean and sustainable

An attractive and sustainable environment for future generations.

We are committed to providing a City that will be attractive and environmentally sustainable. We will protect the diversity of plants and animals, and provide for a healthy environment that supports our community to live healthy and happy lives.

In 2018–2019, we:

  • continued to implement our Open Space Strategy 2013–2026 priority actions, including:
    • construction of a new playground and sports court at Harleston Park in Elsternwick;
    • construction of a new playground at McKinnon Reserve, McKinnon;
    • construction of Glen Eira’s first dog agility park, Pawfield Park (formerly The Wedge), in Caulfield East; and
    • creation and construction of a new open space and multi-sports facility at Joyce Park, Ormond.
  • upgraded more than 1,300 street lights on major Council roads with energy efficient LED technology; and
  • installed additional solar generation panels at Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre, Bentleigh East, King George Pavilion, Bentleigh East and Carnegie Early Learning Centre, Carnegie.

To find out more and view our 2018–2019 progress, download PDF

Informed and engaged

A well governed Council that is committed to transparency and engages residents in decision-making.

We are committed to retaining our reputation for good governance and ensuring the community feels informed and engaged. We will provide access to timely and relevant information about issues which affect them and establish a range of opportunities for them to share their views, comment on our performance and actively participate in decision-making.

In 2018–2019, we:

  • continued to implement our Community Engagement Strategy 2018–2021, which included establishing a We asked — You said — We did online platform to report back to the community following all community engagement activities;
  • commenced a review of our Local Law in consultation with the community; and
  • launched our new website giving our customers greater access to online transactions including: online enquiries; building permit applications; hard rubbish requests; and illegally parked vehicle notifications.

To find out more and view our 2018–2019 progress, download PDF