Community Strategic Plan

We’re reviewing our plan for Ku-ring-gai’s future

In 2013 the Ku-ring-gai community and Council prepared the current long term plan for Ku-ring-gai, called the Community Strategic Plan.

It’s time for us to review the plan. 

Ku-ring-gai is changing and as a result, we need to make sure our Plan reflects these changes and responds to your needs over the long term. 

As a first step, the Council is holding a series of community planning sessions during October and November across Ku-ring-gai.

Places at these sessions are limited and registrations are essential. To register click on the link below for the session and date you are interested in attending. Please note you can only attend one session.

If you have difficulty registering online, please call 9424 0932.

Update 13/10/17: The Gordon, St Ives, Wahroonga, and Roseville sessions are now full. Those registering after this date will be added to a waiting list.

Ward  Date & Time  Venue  Book 
St Ives
(currently full)
19 October 2017
7pm - 9pm
(registration from 6.30pm) 
Council Chambers
818 Pacific Hwy
Gordon
Book here
Wahroonga
(currently full)
1 November 2017
7pm - 9pm
(registration from 6.30pm)
Turramurra Masonic Hall
247 Pacific Hwy
Turramurra
Book here

Comenarra

(currently full)

2 November 2017
7pm - 9pm
(registration from 6.30pm)
Turramurra Masonic Hall
247 Pacific Hwy
Turramurra
Book here
Gordon
(currently full)
8 November 2017
7pm - 9pm
(registration from 6.30pm)
Council Chambers
818 Pacific Hwy
Gordon
Book here
Roseville
(currently full)
15 November 2017
7pm - 9pm
(registration from 6.30pm)
Council Chambers
818 Pacific Hwy
Gordon
Book here

What is a Community Strategic Plan?

Every NSW Council is required to have a long term plan prepared with its community. Ku-ring-gai’s current Community Strategic Plan contains a shared vision of what you value and want for Ku-ring-gai’s future. 

The current Plan is based around six major areas. These are 

  • Community, people and culture
  • Natural environment
  • Places, spaces and infrastructure
  • Access, traffic and transport
  • Local economy and employment
  • Leadership and governance

These six areas are explained in detail in the current Community Strategic Plan here.

What does the Plan do?

The Plan guides local decision-making by the Council. It also helps shape annual spending by the Council and what priorities the community wants us to focus on.

The Plan also identifies outcomes that rely on partnerships with other stakeholders such as government, community groups and business.

Why review the current plan?

This review is an opportunity to test current directions and priorities so they reflect changes in community thinking, new challenges and expectations.

The review is taking place following Council elections and a revised Plan will be adopted by the Council before 30 June 2018.

Issues affecting Ku-ring-gai

When thinking about our revised Community Strategic Plan, there are wider issues we need to consider. Like every community, Ku-ring-gai is part of a larger social, economic, natural and political environment influencing and shaping our area. These issues can provide both challenges and opportunities.

International

  • Technology - current and emerging
  • International trade and investment
  • Worldwide economic pressures
  • Research and development
  • Climate impacts

National

  • National government policy
  • Business investment 
  • Technology 
  • Population and migration trends
  • Health and education
  • Social justice and equity 
  • Environmental sustainability

State

  • State and Regional plans
  • Economic growth
  • Population trends
  • Housing
  • Health services
  • Transport 
  • Infrastructure 
  • Community safety
  • Environmental sustainability

Local

  • Population trends
  • Environmental factors eg climate change 
  • Local economy and jobs
  • Housing choice and affordability
  • Community facilities and infrastructure
  • Financial sustainability
  • Transport needs
  • National and State government policies

The Ku-ring-gai community now*

We are multi-generational and growing

  • a high proportion of school aged children and middle aged adults 
  • a lower proportion of young adults aged 20 – 39 years old 
  • a high proportion of residents aged 65 plus which is forecast to significantly increase, particularly those aged over 85. 
  • in the last ten years our population increased to 123,000, up from 105,000 in 2006

We are family friendly

  • nearly half of all households are couples with children

We are increasingly diverse

  • nearly 40% of Ku-ring-gai residents were born overseas 

We mainly live in houses, but more are living in units

  • nearly 75% of Ku-ring-gai people live in a house
  • since 2006 an additional 5,758 units have been built

*Source: ABS Census 2016

These are just some of the issues affecting Ku-ring-gai. You may have others you wish to discuss with us.

Have your say on the Community Strategic Plan Review

If you can’t attend the community planning sessions, there are other ways you can have your say from November. Keep watching this web page for updates.

When giving feedback, we suggest the following as a guide.

  • What do you think are the big issues that need to be addressed in Ku-ring-gai over the long term?
  • What should be our priorities? 
  • Is the current plan focussed on the right things?

If you have any questions not answered here, please call Helen Lowndes on 9424 0932 during business hours.

Thank you for being part of Ku-ring-gai’s Community Strategic Plan Review.