The plan aligns our key strategies with community priorities identified through extensive consultation.

Following the election of our new Council in 2020, we have started developing the Council Plan 2021-31, which will involve consultation with Councillors, staff and our community.

The Council Plan 2021-31 will need to meet the challenges and opportunities posed by social, economic, political and environmental factors over the next decade. It will also be shaped by recent challenges, including the enormous impact of COVID-19. The following themes will guide its development:

Social change and community wellbeing

Addressing issues such as disadvantage; homelessness; health, economic and social impacts of COVID-19; greater connectivity for the community.

Customer expectations and diverse customer needs

Continuing to build new technologies to transform the way our community engages with Council.

Government and legislative change

Providing high quality, efficient public services, with strong communication and engagement, ensuring transparency of information and government service provision, preparing for legislative change.

Climate change and the environment

Continuing to prepare for and mitigate impacts of climate change, reduce carbon emissions, provide effective waste management, mitigate environmental contamination.

Economic and technological change

Addressing the economic impact of COVID-19 on our City, rebuilding our economy, preparing for and mitigating cybercrime, establishing a ‘clever’ City through technology.

Population growth and urbanisation

COVID-19 impact on population growth and developments, recovery and stabilisation, significant population growth expected longer term, Victorian Government funding for housing.

Transport, parking and mobility

Addressing how we can get around our City safely, with minimal environmental impact, best use of existing infrastructure, impact of pandemic on how people choose to get around, personal health and safety priorities, partnerships with other government bodies.

The Council Plan reflects all of us and everyone is encouraged to have their say by participating in the range of consultation opportunities available.

Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with enormous challenges. Supporting our community through the outbreak was fundamental, but it has come at a cost. Overall impact of COVID-19 on Council finances is estimated at $31 million, with $9.5 million felt in financial year 2019/20 and a further $21.5 million in financial year 2020/21. As our total Council budget is about $230 million each year, this poses a significant challenge.

While it is too early to fully predict the long-term implications of the COVID-19 crisis, what is certain is that we will emerge as a stronger community. Our commitment to supporting our City to be the bold, liveable, caring and beautiful place we know and love remains unchanged – and the City of Port Phillip Council Plan 2021-31 is integral to this.

Endorsement of our key strategies will provide a strong foundation for the continuing rollout of projects, services and facilities that go to the heart of the health and wellbeing of our diverse community.

Key stages

January to March: Developing our vision and priorities
We want your input to help us develop a new Council Plan.

March to April: Developing a draft Council Plan
Your feedback will help shape the draft Council Plan.

April to May: Consulting on the draft Council Plan
Let us know what you think of the draft Council Plan.

May to June: Reviewing your feedback
We are reviewing your feedback and preparing the Council Plan 2021-31.

Late June: Adopting the Council Plan 2021-31
The Plan will be presented to Council for consideration.

Be involved and have your say

Engaging with the community is at the heart of developing a Council Plan, and we thank everyone who registered their interest in January to be part of the ongoing conversation.

For more information about the Council Plan process and opportunities to have your say, sign up via Have Your Say for regular updates.