Community Plan

Community Plan

The Community Plan is the highest level plan prepared by Council on behalf of the community.

In 2013 Council adopted the first Towards 2030 Community Plan where the future vision for the Mid-Western Region was developed collaboratively with the community. This outlines the community’s vision for the future – where we are, where we want to be and how we will get there. A review of the Community Plan was undertaken in 2017.

Our 5 Key Themes

The Community Plan is planned and executed under 5 key themes: 

Looking After Our Community

Activities and initiatives that produce vibrant towns and villages with a rich history, a safe and healthy community, and a strong sense of community pride.

This includes a focus on:

  • Libraries
  • Pools
  • Heritage
  • Development
  • Public Art
  • Sports Facilities
  • Family Day Care
  • Animal Control
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Public Amenities
  • Community Halls & Buildings
  • Aged Services
  • Youth Services

Protecting Our Natural Environment

Working towards conserving and promoting the natural beauty of our region

This includes a focus on:

  • Water supply
  • Drainage/Flood Management
  • Environmental Initiatives
  • Recycling
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Noxious Weeds
  • Sewerage Management
  • Waste Facilities & Services
  • Biodiversity &  Natural Heritage

Building A Strong Local Economy

Supporting the development of a prosperous and diversified economy delivering lifestyle benefits to the community through employment, income and sustainable economic growth.

This includes a focus on:

  • Tourism
  • Employment
  • Business Support
  • Economic Diversity
  • Attracting New Residents
  • Major Events
  • Education & Skills
  • Investment
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Economic Infrastructure

Connecting Our Region

Focussing on linking our towns and villages and connecting our regions to the rest of NSW.

This includes a focus on:

  • Quality Road Network
  • Traffic Management
  • Airport Services
  • Transport Services
  • Communication Networks
  • Bike Paths & Walkways
  • Parking

Good Government

Ensuring a strong Council that is representative of our community and effective in meeting the needs of the community.

This includes a focus on:

  • Community Engagement
  • Advocacy
  • Grants
  • Governance
  • Communication
  • Corporate Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Participation in Council Decision Making

Each of these themes provides an economic, social or business benefit to the local community. 

The outcomes of the plan not only determine the priorities for the region into the coming years but the services and projects Council will focus on in that time. A Resourcing Strategy including Long Term Financial Plan, Workforce Strategy and Asset Management Plan together with a Delivery Program, Operation Plan and Annual Report will complete the reporting framework.

Download a complete copy of the Community Plan(PDF, 14MB)

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Community Engagement

The process of community engagement plays a critical role in the ongoing review and development of the Community Strategic Plan and Council’s associated Integrated Planning and Reporting documents. The information obtained during community engagement helps to inform Council in setting their key strategies and actions over the next 4 years. A range of tools and resources are utilised in Community Engagement.

Download the Community Engagement Strategy(PDF, 608KB)

Results of Community Engagement

The results of community engagement can be used to demonstrate the community’s key priorities and projects for the future. The key findings from recent Community Engagement activities are summarised below:

Key Themes
The community was asked to consider how they would allocate resources between the five key themes of the community plan (i.e. Looking After Our Community, Protecting Our Natural Environment, Building A Strong Economy, Connecting Our Region, Good Government). This allocation was compared to Council’s current allocation of resources on activities in the Delivery Plan/Operational Program. The results show that the community’s preferences are mostly consistent with current allocation of Council resources.

Top 20 Projects
Community engagement activities identified a range of infrastructure projects as a high priority for the community, of which some projects are already captured in the Towards 2030 Community Plan. New projects identified during community engagement which Council may investigate further include: Indoor Aquatic Centre, Return Passenger Trains, Entertainment Centre, Indoor Sports Centre, Youth Centre and Rail Trails.

The 20 most frequently identified projects in the Community’s Top 5 are listed below.



% Mentioned

1 Mudgee Hospital Upgrade 44.5%
2 Indoor Aquatic Centre 37.1%
3 Outdoor Water Park 34.8%
4 Return Passenger Trains 21.7%
5 Entertainment Centre 18.8%
6 Road Upgrades Outside Towns 17.8%
7 Children's Adventure Playground 17.2%
8 Indoor Sports Centre 15.8%
9 Eliminate Mobile Blackspots 14.9%
10 Art Gallery 13.3%
11 Attract More National Retailers 13.0%
12 University Campus 12.9%
13 Parents Rooms in Towns 12.2%
14 Improve Public Transport Between Towns 12.0%
15 More Bike Paths 11.7%
16 Youth Centre 11.3%
17 Bells Line Expressway 10.1%
18 Toilet Facilities at Playgrounds 9.7%
19 Rail Trail 9.1%
20 CCTV in Town Centres 8.4%

Postcard Exercise

385 school-aged children completed a postcard exercise to provide feedback about what they liked about the region and what they would like to see improved. Key themes, from this exercise, included the desire for more pool facilities, and more general activities for youth including skateparks, waterparks and commercial businesses such as Flipout (trampoline park) and bowling.

Download the Community Engagement Findings(PDF, 1MB)


Long Term Financial Plan

The purpose of the Long Term Financial Plan for Mid-Western Regional Council (Council) is to provide a framework to assist future decision making that will secure the economic sustainability of the organisation and ensure adequate funds are generated into the future to achieve desirable outcomes for the community.

The Long Term Financial Plan is a decision making tool and addresses areas that impact on Council’s ability to fund services and capital works, while living within its means and ensuring financial sustainability. This plan focuses on Council’s long-term goal of financial sustainability and delivering quality services, infrastructure and outcomes for the community. The plan will be dynamic in nature and subject to continual review to ensure changing community expectations are met.

Download the Long Term Financial Plan(PDF, 3MB) 

Asset Management Strategy 

The Asset Management Strategy (AMS) is designed to provide a plan to manage Councils physical assets including setting parameters for asset selection, maintenance, inspection and renewal which plays a key role in determining the operational performance and sustainability of Council.

This Asset Management Strategy makes up a part of the Council Resourcing Strategy as required by the Local Government Integrated Planning and Reporting framework:

Asset Management Planning incorporates an Asset Management Policy, Asset Management Strategy and Asset Management Plans.

Download the Asset Management Strategy(PDF, 4MB)

Delivery Program and Operational Plan

The Delivery Program details all of the principal activities Council will undertake over the next four years to achieve the goals established in the Community Plan. The Operational Plan and sets out the annual projects and activities budgets.

Download the 2021/22 Delivery Program and Operational Plan(PDF, 8MB)  

Workforce Strategy

The Workforce Strategy is an essential element of the Resourcing Strategy and will align to the Community Strategic Plan by ensuring that Council has the right number of people with the right skills doing the right jobs at the right time to meet the expectations outlined in the Delivery Program.

The Workforce Strategy sets out the issues, analysis, actions and strategies that are required over the next four years to ensure we have the workforce resources in place to facilitate the Delivery Program.

Download the Workforce Strategy(PDF, 8MB)