As part of the City of Palmerston Municipal Plan 2018/19, Council committed to preparing a Strategic Plan by the end of November 2018.

A Strategic Plan is a document that:

  • sets a vision and priorities for Council over a ten-year period, ensuring that all parties are working towards agreed outcomes
  • provides a long-term plan that goes beyond the four-year cycle of a Council
  • contains success measures which provide guidance on how the organisation is tracking towards these goals, providing more accountability and transparency

The document will be informed by current and future documents, including the Long-Term Financial Plan, Community Infrastructure Plan, Economic Development Plan and Rating Strategy.

City of Palmerston has appointed democracyCo to coordinate a forum with community members to develop the first Strategic Plan for Council.


Nominations to be involved in the forum closed on Thursday 6 September 2018. 

Online survey: Residents are able to assist the forum by completing a short survey that will provide the group with insight and direction from others in the community.

Youth consultation session: Council will be holding this session for youth (aged 13 to 25) on Saturday 13 October to provide their ideas and priorities for Palmerston. Registration is required online at


9 August 2018: Workshop with the Elected Members to outline process and seek initial input. 
August/September 2018: Council will recruit approximately 50 community members to participate in the forum.
August/September 2018: Community-wide survey (including Forum participants) to provide ideas for and expectations of a Strategic Plan.  
Date TBC: An Indigenous Leaders and Community Forum led by the Larrakia people to provide ideas and aspirations which will be presented to the Forum.
30 September 2018 (Forum Day 1): Forum group will develop ideas, priority actions and initiatives about how to engage the community in the future. 
1 October 2018: Staff will be encouraged to contribute to the process and also provide their advice on the workability of priority actions that emerge from the Forum. 
13 October 2018 (Forum Day 2): Participants' families will able be able to join in and work on outcomes so far. Invitations will be extended to Palmerston and Rural Area Youth Group and local school students to attend. 
14 October 2018 (Forum Day 3): Participants will finalise Mission Statements and strategic focus. 
15 October 2018: This workshop will convene to agree on priority actions and measure of success. 
6 November 2018 (Council Meeting): Council officers and democracyCo will complete the drafting of the Strategic Plan for public consultation. 
7 November-11 December 2018: 35 day public submission period. 
5 February 2019 (Council Meeting): Council considers the draft Strategic Plan, with any recommended changes resulting from public consultation, for adoption. 


Project Stages

  • Open
    This consultation is open for contributions.
  • Closed
    This consultation is closed for contributions.