On Tuesday night, Council endorsed the City’s Strategic Community Plan 2020-2030, which sets out the broad, high level strategic direction for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for the next ten years.
This is a long time, and as we move forward into the post coronavirus recovery phase, we will need to look at how we do our short term planning, and there are a number of other strategic planning documents that sit beneath the Strategic Community Plan, like the Corporate Business Plan, the Long Term Financial Plan, and even the annual budget, that we need to prepare so we can begin to look at recovery.
Everyone has had to change the way they do business these days, and the City will continue to do as much as it can to support local businesses, industry, and the overall community, and to this end we have already agreed to not increase rates, fees and charges for the 2020/21 financial year. Preparation for the budget has already begun, but Council has decided to hold off adopting the budget itself until as late as possible.
This is to make sure that whatever plans and projects we do make provision for in the budget take into consideration, so we can be agile and make sure we are responding to the most up to date situation, and are not locking ourselves in to a plan that was designed for two or three months ago, but does not reflect current circumstances.
Even mining companies have had to change the way they’re operating at the moment, with the introduction of longer rosters. As Mayor, I will be making sure the mining industry knows that this is a short term plan to see them through this unprecedented time period, not a viable long term option. I also know that the State is keen to see mining companies returning their workers to normal rosters, or, if possible, even shorter shifts.
As we see constantly decreasing active cases around Western Australia, and as we slowly return to normality, we need to ensure that as a community we remain safe, abide by restrictions on social gatherings, and do our best to keep ourselves and the entire community safe as the restrictions relax. Now is not the time to be complacent – if you feel unwell, stay at home. If your children are unwell, don’t send them to school. With continued vigilance, hopefully we will soon see the lift of travel restrictions between the regions.