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Strategic Policies & Plans

All sections of Council consult with the community from time to time on various matters that have a social impact. Within the Community Services Section of Council social research is undertaken for the development of the Orange Community Plan.

The Local Government (General) Regulation 1999 requires all councils in NSW to develop a social/community plan and report on identified access and equity activities in their Annual Report.

The Community Plan 2007-2011 is the third plan developed by Council to comply with the social planning requirements of the NSW Department of Local Government. In line with Council’s strategy to implement an integrated approach to planning across the organisation, a series of consultations was conducted in September 2005 to gain an understanding of a community view of what Orange would be like in 2020. This was known as Orange 2020.

The general themes that emerged from that process now form the basis of Council’s strategic vision for the City for the next fifteen years. This vision, guided by the values, now provides the basis on which Council will develop strategies to achieve longer-term goals through short-term strategies and actions.

To provide an holistic view of the local community the consolidated Orange Community Plan incorporates the Orange Community Plan 2007-2011, the Orange Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan 2007-2011 and the Orange Cultural Plan 2007-2011.

The Orange Aboriginal Community Plan 2007-2011has been developed by the Aboriginal community with Council support. More information about this plan can be found under the link to Aboriginal Services.

The following process was implemented in the development of the Orange Community Plan 2007-2011:

  • Review of the Orange Community Plan 2001-2006
  • Review of other relevant government agency plans
  • Review of local demographics
  • Consultation with the community, and 
  • Development of strategies.

The guidelines stipulate that the social/community plan must include data and information about the needs of the following
particular target groups:

  • Children
  • Women
  • Young people
  • Older people
  • People with a disability, and
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Forty-one focus group opportunities were used to obtain information from a broad cross-section of the community. The process dovetailed into existing networks and representative of the mandated target groups and beyond to include precinct meetings in outlying Villages and identified special needs groups.
At each consultation participants were asked the question "What would make living in Orange better for people in your group?" The results of these consultations were documented and form the basis of the development of the Community Plan.

Common themes emerged amongst several groups including Transport, Education, Health, Housing and Employment. These were addressed within three population groups of Young People, Families and Children, and Older People – integrating the needs of women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The Aboriginal Community Plan provides a more comprehensive planning focusing on the Aboriginal community with that community as the drivers of the Plan.

In keeping with Council’s integrated approach to planning, the Project Team considered the format used for other Council plans and the Orange 2020 - Values Charter and determined to base the development of the Community Plan on the following Strategic Objectives:

  • Orange – A Learning and Working Community
  • Orange – A Healthy and Secure Community
  • Orange – A Progressive and Sustainable Community
  • Orange – A Caring and Inclusive Community

Key decision makers in the community, from both government and non-government organisations, were invited to consider the outcomes of the community consultation and to form it into an action plan. An Action Plan Workshop was held on 9 August 2006.  The participants in the workshop considered the targeted outcomes, developed actions and identified key agencies to take carriage of the agreed actions in response to the identified community needs.   The key actions, once compiled, were distributed for validation by all those involved in the workshop.

The draft document was put on public exhibition inviting community comment before its formal adoption by Council on 1 February 2007 and submission to the NSW Department of Local Government.

Orange Community Plan 2007 - 2011

   Community Plan 2007-2011 [500KB]

This Plan includes the following components:

Orange Cultural Plan

This Plan considers the cultural development of the community and recognises the importance of local identity, sense of place and quality of life.  The strategies in the plan are:

  • Provide and promote and make effective use of the city's cultural assets, especially the Theatre, Gallery and Library, the Botanic Gardens and other public spaces as sites of entertainment, education and cultural expression.
  • Ensure the cultural interests of the community are met
  • Promotes the social well-being of the community
  • Offers a broad range of quality services activities and opportunities for the enhancement of the city's promotion and economic development through cultural tourism
  • Promote and fosters the unique character of the City through heritage programs

You will find the Cultural Plan 2007-2011 in the Community Plan document above.

Orange Community Safety & Crime Prevention Plan  

The Orange Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan 2007-2011 has been developed within Council’s integrated approach to planning across the organisation. The Values of Orange 2020 have provided a framework for the consultation process and are the basis of the Strategic Objectives of the Action Plan.

The NSW Attorney General’s Department, Crime Prevention Division Draft Community Crime Prevention Planning Policy 2002 promotes a conceptual framework as an approach to crime prevention. The Orange crime prevention planning process has adopted this framework for the development of the Plan and therefore identifies four main approaches:

  1. Social – strengthening communities. Research has shown that local areas with a strong sense of community cohesion are safer places to live. Communities where people participate in decision making and involve themselves in community issues and events are better able to resist crime and anti-social behaviour.
  2. Developmental – strengthening and protecting individuals and families. This approach is delivered through programs to assist people with little support and many risk factors influencing their lives. Programs aim to offer alternative pathways.
  3. Situational – limiting the opportunities for crime. This approach is aimed at making the environment safer and crime harder to commit. Programs may include better urban design, responsible service of alcohol, better public transport, better public events, reducing access to weapons and increased police presence.
  4. Criminal Justice – this approach includes diverting first and minor offenders from reoffending, rehabilitation for offenders, post release programs, victim support services and imprisonment of serious offenders.

You will also find the Community Safety & Crime Prevention Plan 2007-2011 as part of the Community Plan document above.

Other Plans/Strategies 

Orange Disability Action Plan

Council's Disability Action Plan was produced to assist in identifying issues that could be seen as creating barriers to the use of Council services and facilities by people with a disability. The Plan aims to provide the framework for aligning Council's activities with the goals of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (1992) (DDA). The Act makes it unlawful to treat people with a disability less favourably than people without a disability. Council seeks to eliminate discriminatory attitudes, practices, procedures and physical barriers. The plan has been developed in keeping with the following principles:

  • People with a disability have the same fundamental rights as all members of the Orange community.
  • Every attempt will be made to ensure that no person who lives, works in or visits Orange shall be denied access to any Council facility or service on the grounds of personal disability.
  • People with a disability (within Orange) should have the same opportunity as other residents to participate in public consultations, grievance mechanisms and decision-making processes. 

The process involved in developing the Plan identified the potential barriers and relevant strategies to address them; it also identifies responsible divisions of Council and a suitable timeframe.

  Disability Action Plan 2007-2010 [85KB]

 Orange Affordable Housing Strategy

To provide the appropriate planning and design climate to encourage affordable housing provision in the City of Orange.

  Affordable Housing Strategy [28KB]