Holmes Dyer was engaged by Adelaide Plains Council to prepare the newly elected Council’s strategic plan. The plan was prepared at a critical time for the Council and community, which is experiencing significant residential and economic growth, and is preparing for local government reform, proclamation of Council’s coast as a globally significant environmental asset and the present threat of adverse natural events. A critical objective for this project was to engage the organisation, Elected Members, stakeholders and community in a comprehensive review of Council’s previous strategic plan to set the strategic and reporting framework for the new plan.
Holmes Dyer implemented an approach that enabled key achievements to be reported within a framework that provided a clear relationship between the past, present and future. This information was framed to demonstrate:
- Alignment with broader policy and strategic objectives;
- A clear relationship between the external strategic context and operating environment;
- Understanding of current factors at play as well as changes on the planning horizon;
- Priorities for implementation and future action;
- Possible future measures and performance reporting; and
- Existing and future partnership opportunities.
Holmes Dyer effectively prepared a framework that enabled both quantitative information, such as indicators of the external context and internal Council performance measures, and qualitative information about key strategic projects, activities and other achievements, to be presented. The result was a concise but data rich report of Council performance and achievement clearly linked to strategic objectives. The framework was used as the platform for a comprehensive community and stakeholder engagement program and its success is evidenced by its use as the underlying structure for the new draft strategic plan.