Your Adelaide Hills: a bold strategic plan

With your help we have created a new strategic plan Your Adelaide Hills, to guide us over the coming years. The Plan was developed over 12 months through three stages of community consultation during 2016. We started the process with big picture thinking and asked for you to share your aspirations for the future Adelaide Hills, and narrowed this down to specific strategies to deliver on our shared vision.

People and business prosper
The Adelaide Hills is a unique region where people live among working vineyards, on viable agricultural land and in village townships and settlements. The country lifestyle and natural surrounds are key attractors for residents and visitors, while living and doing business are entwined.

Activities and opportunities to connect
In an increasingly fast-paced and technological world, opportunities to connect are crucial. Connection can be with a place, people, activities or ideas. A connected community is inclusive and welcoming, engaged, empowered and dynamic. Its members are confident and resilient.

Places for people and nature
What makes the Adelaide Hills special is its unique landscape and places. From native vegetation and productive farming land to village townships and community facilities, the region comprises a blend of land use which allows people and nature to thrive.

Explore ideas and work with other
Our community is full of ideas and potential. We seek community input for important decisions and to help us set directions, The community needs the Council to be easy to work with and to act in its interest.

Our Plan sets aspirational goals and delivers on the matters you said were important. We heard various issues such as the consideration of Development Plan amendments to facilitate older people staying in the area and enabling young people to enter the local property and stay in the communities they grew up in.

We also learned that our community wants us to support tourism so we created a strategy to work towards making the Adelaide Hills a preferred tourism destination in the State. You also highlighted the important role that small and microbusinesses play in the region, so we've developed a strategy to make it easier to do business in the Hills.

Some of the feedback on the draft Plan reflected questions around the new format. This Plan does not cover everything the Council does. This detail is captured and reported on in our annual budget and business planning process, and through the development of subject specific plans and strategies, which are highly consultative processes that we encourage you to participate in.

Although they are not specified in the Plan, we will continue to deliver services such as rubbish collection and improvements to capital assets amongst a host of others.

We want to be guided by a high level, visionary plan, that focuses on key strategies and standout initiatives, such as working towards securing World Heritage Listing for the region and implementing the Adelaide Hills Business and Tourism Centre Masterplan focusing on tourism and local job creation.

Now that the Plan has been endorsed, we commence development of our 2017-18 Annual Business Plan and Budget. This process will use the long-term goals of the Strategic Plan to shape and guide the annual objectives. In addition, we will draw on community feedback that has been collated in an Ideas Bank, as a source of inspiration. We are excited about our plans for the future and we thank all who contributed and were involved in its development. We look forward to working with you over the coming years to continue to make the Adelaide Hills a place for everyone.

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Your Adelaide Hills: a bold strategic plan