Councils get new finance planning tool

COFFS Coast councils will soon have a new tool in hand for asset and financial planning, with the release of draft Integrated Planning and Reporting Guidelines next month.

Shires Association president Bruce Miller said the guidelines will focus on the long term social, environmental, economic and civic leadership of communities.

“The guidelines offer councils a clear framework for identifying their community's main priorities and then delivering them,” Cr Miller said.

“Councils with limited resources will also be able to use them to guide and ease their transition into the process of developing comprehensive and integrated strategic plans.”

Cr Miller said many councils already have plans and are acting on recommendations in anticipation of the guidelines being released.

“The planning process outlined will consider both the issues and pressures in a community and the resources that councils and their communities will be able to provide to achieve their aims,” he told the Coffs Coast Advocate.

The draft Integrated Planning and Reporting Guidelines are expected to be released in early March.



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