Creating our Vision

"Our shared vision for Newcastle is for a smart, liveable and sustainable City."

The Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan was developed following a significant shared planning process with direct input from a wide cross section of the community. It seeks to build on our strengths and unique assets, and describes our shared long term vision for a resilient city that is smart, liveable and sustainable.

Reviewing the Plan

The Local Government Act 1993 requires Council to work with the community to review the Community Strategic Plan within the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework after the commencement of each four year elected Council term.

The Newcastle 2030 review program was structured to confirm our aspirations and priorities for Newcastle and update proposed strategies in response to changes within our city.
The review included the release of the  State of the City Report in August 2012, an update of the challenges and opportunities facing Newcastle and a broad range of community engagement activities.

Collaboration and Engagement

Our inaugural Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan was developed through a process of intensive community engagement undertaken in 2009-2011. Over 1,500 people directly helped develop the Newcastle 2030 vision with more than 4,000 conversations about our future.

We continued these conversations in 2012-2013 to confirm ongoing support for the Newcastle 2030 vision, strategic objectives and strategies to achieve our shared goals. More than 1,100 people participated in the  review program through the  Newcastle 2030 Survey, stakeholder meetings and completion of ideas postcards at community events and libraries.

During these engagement activities the Newcastle community continued to demonstrate their passion for where they live and a willingness to engage and help shape the city's future.

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Achieving the vision

Newcastle 2030 is part of a new reform program that focuses on integrated planning and community engagement. It was developed following a significant shared planning process with direct input from a wide cross-section of the community.

The Community Strategic Plan will be delivered by incorporating strategic directions and actions into Council's delivery program and operational plan.

We have developed a number of community indicators in order to measure our progress towards the 23 objectives that reflect the shared priorities of the Newcastle community.

Achieving these objectives requires the involvement and partnerships of government at all three levels, the business sector, community groups and residents. Key strategies are also supported by the NSW 2021 State Plan and associated local regional action plans. 

What the Community Said

Our shared vision was developed in a process of intensive community engagement over 18 months. The engagement process began at local community events and was followed with a major community forum, surveys, online discussions and focused community...