"Shellharbour City is constantly evolving as a home for our community. With the opening of the new Civic Centre in January 2018, the city began an exciting new chapter. Our financial and asset management was formally recognised as fit for the future by the NSW State Government, providing assurance for the community that its finances are in good shape. On the behalf of the community, Council adopted a new suite of planning documents including a revised Community Strategic Plan. Staff and Councillors embarked on a discovery to determine Council’s new core values, designed to benefit all stakeholders. After much lobbying, Shellharbour City was found to be eligible for state regional funding, providing access to financial assistance opportunities.
Our Core Values
Directly shaping how Council behaves are our new core values - Collaboration, Accountability, Integrity, Respect and Sustainability. These are the heart of Council’s culture, guiding us in how to provide the best possible outcomes for our Community, Customers, Councillors and Council (what we call, the ‘Four Cs’).
Council’s finances ‘Fit For the Future’
Council has been recognised for exceeding all of the NSW Government’s financial benchmarks, formally demonstrating that it is financially sustainable. This assessment, known as ‘Fit for the Future’, was based on Council’s strategies, financial and asset management practices and other available data up until 2021-22. This is a great result for our city and reaffirms the integrity of Council’s strategies and long-term financial plan.
New planning documents
Council has also adopted a new Community Strategic Plan and Resourcing Strategy, Delivery Program, and Operational Plan. Because it is community-driven, the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is Council’s highest level planning document, directly guiding Council’s decisions. It outlines the community’s vision for the city and sets our direction for the future, while providing a foundation for the development of social, economic, leadership and environmental objectives. For more information on the full suite of plans see the Integrated Planning & Reporting page.
Confirmation of regional status
The year continued with confirmation that our city was a regional Local Government Area by the NSW State Government. This classification is of significant importance to our community as it opens the door to a $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, which started with $2 million for the city as part of the Stronger Country Communities Fund. This funding will greatly benefit out community and Council will be guided by our Community Strategic Plan on how best to spend this money."
- General Manager, Carey McIntyre