After the election of a new Council in 2020, the City of Port Phillip began work on a new Council Plan for 2021-31. The new plan outlines the challenges the City faces, our new Community Vision, five Strategic Directions and our budget and financial strategy

On Wednesday 23 June, Council adopted the Council Plan 2021-31 and the 2021/22 Budget at the Ordinary Council Meeting.

At this meeting, Council voted to adopt and implement our new Community Vision, Council Plan, and annual budget.

The City of Port Phillip will keep our community updated on the progress towards implementation of the Council Plan 2021-31.

Our community vision

Proudly Port Phillip: A liveable and vibrant City that enhances the wellbeing of our community

A decade from now…

We recognise the legacy of the traditional owners of the land, the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boonwurrung and acknowledge the foresight of others who have come before us.

We celebrate Port Phillip as a city of many distinct places, connected by the common threads of safety, inclusion and wellbeing so everyone can live their best life.

Social cohesion, forged from understanding, celebrating and listening to the diverse cultures in our City, is a foundation for this success.

We have a well-designed and planned city where the heritage and character of the built form of our City is enhanced and protected.

We are renowned as a cultural hub, from live music to our creative industries. This creativity drives music, exhibitions and events which delight residents and encourage visitors to keep returning.

Our more diverse local economy enjoys greater protection from financial shocks and new investment and industries within our City are generating jobs and prosperity.

We have a range of accessible and active transport choices that make it easy for everyone to move around our City. Visiting lively shopping and dining destinations or accessing public transport is all possible within a 10 to 15-minute walk from our neighbourhoods.

Our health and wellbeing are enriched by having quality public spaces close to home. We can visit these spaces easily to enjoy quiet moments or more active pursuits with our friends and families.

The beauty and biodiversity of our coastal, bay, park, waterway and inland environments are protected and enhanced for future generations to enjoy. We have played our part in promoting and addressing environmental sustainability, from tackling climate change, emissions and sea level rise to minimising flooding risks.

We are proud that our participation in civic life means Port Phillip has retained its unique character and heritage while being admired as a creative hub that continues to evolve and innovate. We know our voice is heard and helps deliver meaningful outcomes.

We have a local Council that strives to deliver services in the most efficient, transparent and equitable way. Our Council provides strong financial stewardship, is responsible and works hard to balance meeting community expectations and diversifying revenue streams with minimising costs for our community.

This is the minimum we hope for our community in 10 years’ time – we hope to achieve much more.

This is our legacy for generations to come.

Addressing our challenges

The Council Plan 2021-31 responds to eight key long-term challenges. These must be addressed to achieve the vision our community has for Port Phillip over the coming years. The challenges are:

A city of economic and social contrasts

Addressing issues including:

  • Providing access to necessities, such as housing and food security
  • Financial stresses and job losses as exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Homelessness and the need to provide longer-term accommodation with access to integrated support services

Changing customer expectations and needs

Addressing issues including:

  • An age-diverse population with 7 per cent of residents aged over 70 and 47 per cent being 'digital natives' aged under 34 (Source: Census of Population and Housing 2016)
  • A culturally diverse community with 392 people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, as well as one third of residents being born overseas and 20 per cent speaking a language other than English (Source: Census of Population and Housing 2016)
  • Customers expect high quality, efficient services and meaningful opportunities to communicate and engage with Council

Government, legislative and technology changes

Addressing issues including:

  • Changes to legislation
  • The growing importance of government and community services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Communities looking to councils to fill any gaps created by a reduction or change to services provided by other tiers of government
  • A greater reliance on technology and the need to address cybersecurity, data protection and privacy challenges

Climate change and the environment

Addressing issues including:

  • The City of Port Phillip declared a climate emergency in 2019; we are reducing our emissions and preparing our City and community for a changing environment
  • Climate change and heat-related issues, including hotter urban spaces, disruption to transport and services, power outages and increased power bills
  • Sea level rise, increased severity and frequency of storms and more extreme rainfall are projected to result in increased flooding and associated increased storm damage to private land and Council assets
  • Increased urbanisation and loss of trees and vegetation is contributing to pollutants, nutrients, litter and sediment flowing into Port Phillip Bay and impacting biodiversity

The strength and diversity of our local economy

Addressing issues including:

  • The economic shock associated with responding to the health challenge of COVID-19, including significant falls in local spending, gross regional product and employment
  • A reduction of more than 750,000 visitor nights as a result of fewer domestic and overseas tourists, due to COVD-19 travel restrictions
  • The economic impact on creative and cultural industries, as well as our hospitality sector

Future-proofing our growing City of Port Phillip

Addressing issues including:

  • Impacts on population growth following the COVID-19 pandemic, with slowed construction and migrant growth
  • Reduced development, particularly for apartments, with the greatest impact being on the development of Fishermans Bend
  • The need for investment in social housing, including the Victorian Government investment of approximately $5.3 billion providing incentives for developers to include affordable housing in new developments

Getting around our dense inner City of Port Phillip

Addressing issues including:

  • Being the most densely populated municipality in Victoria, with the current density being one person per 177 square metres (Source: Profile ID).
  • The pressure on our 265 kilometres of roads, 59 kilometres of bike lanes and paths and 414 kilometres of footpaths
  • The increased importance of personal health and safety in the consideration of transport choices, including the potential for the decline in the use of public transport and shared mobility, such as car share, post-COVID
  • An increase in the number of people working from home and the impact on road networks, forms of transport and residential parking needs

Waste management

Addressing issues including:

  • Increased waste generation as more residents work from home and the City's population grows
  • Service costs are expected to rise when the Victorian Government's landfill levy increases to $105.09 per tonne from 1 July 2021 and then to $125.90 per tonne in 2022
  • A new Waste Act and administering authority that will set the legislative framework for household recycling reforms. These reforms mean all Victorian councils will need to provide access to a four-service waste model covering garbage, recycling, separated glass (by 2027) and food and garden organics (by 2030)
  • Despite Council offering waste management services, dumped waste continues to be an issue

What's happening and when

April to May: Consulting on the draft Council Plan.
Closed 23 May. For more information, visit Have Your Say.

May to June: Reviewing your feedback
We will be 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.

23 June: Council Plan 2021-31 adopted

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